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Nossaman LLP


Emerging Growth & Start-Up

Nossaman provides today's entrepreneurs with efficient and creative legal solutions to help start-up and established companies grow. We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients' businesses — inside and out — which allows us to serve as a trusted advisor and as a strategic business and legal partner.

Nossaman attorneys represent emerging companies in a wide variety of industries and at various stages of growth. We represent start-up and rapidly growing businesses in industries as diverse as Internet based merchandising, gaming, telecommunications, medical devices, nutritional products, sporting goods, pet apparel, beauty products, dating services and attorney matching services. We often serve as outside general counsel to these clients, advising them on entity formation, capital structure, debt and equity financing, corporate governance, tax, employment law, employee benefits and executive compensation, investor relations, intellectual property rights, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and other matters vital to their success.

Nossaman is sensitive to the financial constraints of start-up and emerging businesses, and we are committed to providing legal services in the most cost-effective manner. We work with our clients to develop alternative fee arrangements that are flexible and creative based on our clients' goals and budgets.

Our Corporate Practice Group attorneys often utilize attorneys in other Firm practice groups to provide clients with a full spectrum of legal expertise, including employment, tax, real estate, corporate finance, litigation, insurance coverage and estate planning.


  • Organization and Tax Advice. Nossaman attorneys advise start-up companies on a broad range of organizational matters, including advising the founders on entity formation (e.g., corporation, partnership, limited liability company), jurisdiction of organization, and related tax consequences.
  • Formation Documents. We assist in preparing entity formation documents, including shareholder, partnership and operating agreements, buy-sell agreements and other agreements among the founders of the business.
  • Inventions and Intellectual Property / Confidentiality and Non-Competition Agreements. Nossaman attorneys assist clients with strategic planning to protect critical assets – inventions, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property and technology interests. We also prepare non-disclosure and non-competition agreements to use with employees and third parties.
  • Business Operations. Nossaman attorneys assist emerging businesses with their day-to-day operations, including general corporate law and governance, office leases, risk management, commercial contract drafting, negotiations and review, employment agreements and personnel matters.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions. We represent buyers and sellers of businesses in mergers, asset and stock purchases, spin-offs, divestitures and like transactions, including assistance with due diligence and tax advice regarding transaction structure.
  • Corporate Finance and Securities Offerings. Nossaman attorneys advise clients on all types of debt and equity financing transactions, including seed, angel and venture capital investments, commercial bank loans and private offerings. We assist clients to comply with federal and state securities laws in connection with the sale of securities in private placements, including handling of "blue sky" filings.
  • Internet Website. We assist clients in preparing Web-based agreements, including user agreements, subscriber agreements, terms and conditions and privacy policies.


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