With the creation of “B” Entities, businesses no longer need to choose between shareholder value and social impact. Under traditional corporate structures, directors have a fiduciary duty to maximize corporate profits and “shareholder value,” which can drive companies to focus more on short-term earnings than their communities and the environment. […]
Throughout our over 140 year history, Bryan Cave has centered its practice around building enduring relationships with our clients. We work with clients as trusted advisors, helping them grow and prosper. For instance, we helped found McDonnell Aircraft (now Boeing) in 1938 and have worked with Barnes & Noble since the 1970s when it had only a handful of locations. More recently, we have assisted in the formation and growth of LeftHand Networks, LineRate Systems, NexGen Storage and SendGrid. Today, we work with thousands of start-ups, angel investors, venture capitalists, incubators, accelerators, and others in support of entrepreneurs.
We have the benefit of working with the entrepreneurial communities near our US offices, which include Atlanta, Boulder, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Irvine, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington DC. Our large footprint and expansive network offer many advantages to our clients. For instance:
- A client in New York has the benefit of our Boulder office’s expertise in technology licensing, emerging company needs, and fund formation.
- A lawyer in St. Louis may conference with a colleague in California to discuss a “market” deal term in Silicon Valley.
- An extensive library of form documents and expertise in corporate, tax, employment, and intellectual property matters allow us to avoid reinventing the wheel for each client.
We believe supporting entrepreneurial communities improves our cities and strengthens surrounding economies. Just as we support our communities with charitable donations and volunteer efforts (see pictures below), we want to support entrepreneurs by offering advice on starting a business. Here is how to FORM, FUND, HIRE, PROTECT, RUN and EXIT your business.