Start Ups & Early Stage Businesses expertise

Launching a new business venture is an exciting but, equally, daunting process.

Start ups are, invariably, confronted with a host of legal considerations – careful thought and attention needs to be given to each one to minimise the risk of legal roadblocks arising down the track.

Our team of lawyers has significant experience in the start up space, having advised many entrepreneurs, angel and venture capital investors, incubators and accelerators, and has strong connections throughout the start up community.

We are familiar with the challenges faced by entrepreneurs and founders and are deeply passionate about helping new business owners realise their goals.

We can readily advise you on every step of your start up journey, as you grow and scale your business.

Stace Hammond’s experience includes advising on:

  • The appropriate business and investor structure for your business
  • How to ensure your business has all the necessary intellectual property protection (for example, through trade marks, patents and IP licence agreements)
  • Constitutional documents such as founders’ agreements, shareholders’ agreements, constitutions and limited partnership agreements
  • Raising capital from early stage investors, banks and other third party financiers
  • Compliance with annual obligations under companies and limited partnership legislation
  • A premises lease (or leases) for your business
  • Employee-related documentation, such as employment agreements, independent contractor agreements and employee share scheme agreements
  • Website, privacy and online terms and conditions
  • The regulatory overlay that affects your business and the permits / consents etc you’ll need to legally be able to operate your business

We also have expertise in:

  • Due diligence
  • IP transfer structuring
  • IP identification and valuation
  • Joint Ventures
  • Licensing and IP development agreements
  • Capital raising
  • Private equity
  • Securities issues
  • Venture and investment structuring