Our Venture Capital attorneys provide a full array of legal services to both venture capital investors and start-up/emerging growth companies. We are versed in not only the legal structures behind raising capital but also in the current market trends for venture investments. This rounded experience has proven invaluable for both venture capital funds seeking additional, promising investments and companies seeking funding. Our attorneys routinely facilitate the introduction of venture capitalists and innovators.

Our Venture Capital attorneys understand not only the competing interests of venture capital funds and companies seeking capital but also the relationship and common purposes between them. With respect to the investors, the firm's attorneys are skilled in structuring the components of the capital raising process to fit the legal and investment objectives of any particular fund. With respect to innovation start-ups or emerging growth companies, our attorneys recognize that each one is unique. At the same time, we are mindful of the typical issues that may arise with such transactions, enabling us to provide start-up or emerging growth companies with efficient, cost-effective service.
Our Venture Capital attorneys draw on the depth of the firm's various practice groups and areas of proficiency – rather than just one – so that attorneys throughout the firm lend expertise as the situation and the client's specific needs dictate. These areas of specialization include Life Sciences, Energy and Clean Technology, and Intellectual Property. Our attorneys in these areas have unique experiences and insights, and are familiar with the risks and rewards associated with the industries with whom they routinely work.

Our Venture Capital practice is not limited to any particular industry and its attorneys have distinctive experiences in a variety of industries, including energy and clean technology, life sciences, biotechnology, consumer products and retail, e-commerce, media and entertainment, financial services, industrial manufacturing and distribution, consumer products, software, telecommunications and networking and healthcare services.

Critical to McCarter & English's venture capital practice are the intellectual property and information technology lawyers (ranked among the largest IP practices in the United States) spanning its regional offices, including many members with PhDs from some of the best universities in the country. Their capacity to conduct in-depth due diligence and license reviews and negotiations enables clients to better evaluate risks and protect their intellectual property rights. Besides life sciences, our IP group has extensive experience in matters related to internet, electronic and electro-mechanical technologies, fluidics, combustion engines, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, and chemical and chemical processing technologies. Representations are both domestic and international, oriented to worldwide intellectual property protection.

Our Venture Capital attorneys have extensive experience in the following:

  • Fund formation;
  • Bridge financings;
  • Early and late stage financings; and
  • Portfolio company transactions, including divestiture transactions, management buyouts, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings and private equity sales.

Our Venture clients include:

  • Angel investors;
  • Venture capital funds;
  • Early and late stage emerging growth companies;
  • High net worth family partnerships; and
  • Other strategic and institutional investors.