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Emerging businesses have unique needs. We understand the emerging growth market from both sides, representing both companies and venture capital investors. We know that entrepreneurs and early stage companies need sound legal and business guidance from experienced practitioners as they navigate formation, capital needs, equity investments, and subsequent commercial growth. We assist emerging companies to form and chart a course on the road to entrepreneurial success. Our professionals have extensive experience in growing companies across a wide range of industries, and share the enthusiasm that comes with launching new ventures. We recognize that our time investment into emerging companies helps create the next generation of established businesses for which we can serve as a trusted advisor, having been there from the beginning.

For entrepreneurs, we typically begin by providing entity formation advice and services. Our extensive experience in business formation allows us to get new companies up and running without being buried in legal expense at the critical stage of inception. New companies require capital to build thriving businesses. As companies grow, we advise on a range of financing transactions, from debt or equity bridge financings to new rounds of preferred stock. 

In addition to negotiating, structuring, and closing venture capital funding deals, we provide guidance on business planning and investor presentations, as well as the full-service corporate capabilities emerging companies need. This includes assistance on commercialization issues and all types of strategic alliances and joint ventures. We also leverage other resources of the firm to assist in counseling, including intellectual property, tax, and employment attorneys. And as growth continues, our practitioners counsel companies on liquidity events such as sale or initial public offering (IPO).

We also represent venture capitalists in their portfolio investments, and throughout all phases of the investment cycle. Our experience representing both emerging companies and venture investors allows us to provide our clients with unique insight into various issues that come to bear in financing transactions. We advise on how to best position investors for liquidity events, while working to protect investors in the event of poor performing investments. Representing investors throughout the United States and in Europe, we see trends that develop in different venture regions, and are able to remain current on business developments that affect this important capital source.


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"Cross-Border Private Equity Transactions in the Fintech Sector: A Close Look at Fintech Growth Equity and Leveraged Buyout Transactions," ABA Business Law Section 2019 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (September 13, 2019). Panelist: Jonathan Cardenas.
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"Cross-Border Financing of Fintech Start-ups: A Practical Look at Venture Debt and Venture Equity Financing Practices in Canada, Europe and the U.S.," ABA Business Law Section 2019 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (September 13, 2019). Moderator: Jonathan Cardenas; Panelist: Richard B. Holbrook, Jr.
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"Venture Capital Investment in Latin American Fintech," ABA Business Law Section 2019 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2019). Moderator: Jonathan Cardenas.
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"Pitch Series," INOVA Public Health Accelerator Summer Shark Tank, Falls Church, VA (July 3-24, 2019). Panel Judge: Danielle Winston.
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"Cross-Border Fintech Investment: From Venture Financing to Private Equity and Beyond," ABA Business Law Section 2019 Spring Meeting, Vancouver, Canada (March 28, 2019). Program Chair and Moderator: Jonathan Cardenas; Panelist: Richard B. Holbrook Jr.
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"The Shared Economy: Disruption Continues," 2017 ANA/BAA Marketing Law Conference, Chicago, IL (November 13, 2017). Moderator: David Ervin.
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Experienced International Corporate Partner Lex Eley Joins Crowell & Moring (Oct.10.2016)
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Islamic Finance & Markets 2017: United States (August 2016). Author: John Vogel.
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The 24 Firms GCs Love the Most Law360 (June 28, 2016)
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Deal Note: Crowell & Moring Represents GigOptix, Inc. in Acquisition of Magnum Semiconductor, Inc. (Apr.05.2016)
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