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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.

Recent Blog Posts
  • Start-up Shareholders, Directors, and Officers: Role Reversal? Role Confusion?

    When companies are in their earliest stages, the founders and advisors often serve the company as shareholders, directors, and officers.  However, each role has distinct responsibilities and it is important for founders to be mindful of the particular hat they are wearing at any particular moment and to observe the […]

    • Raising Startup Venture Capital: Pitfalls and Pointers

      According to a study of 101 failed startups, 29% cited a lack of sufficient capital as the ultimate reason for failure. So how can you best approach your search for capital in an attempt to keep your startup from becoming just another one of the roughly 90% that fail? This […]

      • Avoiding Common Mistakes Made by Startups in Acquisitions

        So you’ve built a quality product that is being heavily consumed and a larger company is now seeking to acquire your startup. This blog post provides tips for avoiding common mistakes made by startup companies during acquisitions. Avoiding Mistakes from the Start of Your Startup: Founder Equity – Hold founder […]

        • Bryan Cave’s Symposium on Impact Investing – Including Seed Stage, Venture and Private Equity Funding

          Bryan Cave recently organized a half-day symposium on the opportunities and legal considerations related to responsible and impact investing. The “Responsible and Impact Investing Symposium,” held on November 10, was co-hosted by Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business and featured leaders in this growing field who discussed opportunities and challenges […]

          • Got Vendors? Guidelines for Third-Party Vendor Management

            Third-party service providers are critical for startups’ growth.  Independent developers, designers, marketing firms, and data analysts (among others) provide valuable services, but they also present difficult and unique privacy and cybersecurity challenges.  Vendor management is important throughout the life of your relationship with your vendors.  Vendor diligence starts during the […]

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