Lifecycle of a Technology Company: Step-by-Step Legal Background and Practical Guide from Start-up to Sale / Edition 1

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Founding and nurturing a technology startup through its growthto a successful IPO or sale requires an understanding of thebusiness terms, customary contractual provisions, legal background,tax issues, and "how-to's" applicable to each stage. Legal andbusiness issues are intertwined, and mistakes are costly. Partlegal primer, part business primer, Lifecycle of a TechnologyCompany provides comprehensive and understandable advice about thekey legal and business issues that arise over the life of anemerging growth company.

This guide is full of practical, hands-on advice for:

  • Entrepreneurs and executives who want an in-depth understandingof the legal milieu in which they operate
  • Venture capital and other investment professionals who want tobetter understand the legal rationale behind their investment dealswith portfolio companies, as well as key legal issues facing theseportfolio companies
  • Lawyers who would like to know, or need a refresher on, whatthey should be discussing with technology companies and otherstartup clients seeking advice on critical transactions
  • International lawyers, entrepreneurs, and investors who wantinsight into the legal and business aspects of the U.S. technologyrevolution
  • Law students who want to get a jump on real-world business lawpractice
  • Business school students who want to level the playing field fortheir first encounters with business lawyers

Lifecycle of a Technology Company covers issues relating to:

  • Choice of entity
  • Arrangements among the founders concerning equitycompensation
  • Tricks and traps in venture financings and debt financings
  • Basics of intellectual property protec-tion and licenseagreements
  • How to conduct a private placement
  • How to prepare for an IPO
  • Fundamentals of public company regulation
  • The acquisition process and key nego-tiating points for buyersand sellers

Appendices include model or sample documents for a number ofcommon trans-actions, as well as additional materials.

A must-read for anyone associated with a technology company,from entrepreneurs and CEOs and CFOs to venture capitalists, aswell as their legal and professional advisors, Lifecycle of aTechnology Company will guide readers through the many challenges,opportunities, and legal and business pitfalls that arise at everystage of their business.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470223925
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/9/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Edwin L. Miller Jr. is a partner with the law firm of Sullivan& Worcester LLP. He has practiced corporate and securities lawfor over thirty-five years. He has extensive experience in both thepublic and private markets representing emerging and establishedtechnology companies in their financing, technology transfer, andacquisition activities. He has been featured in The Best Lawyers inAmerica and is the author of Mergers and Acquisitions: AStep-by-Step Legal and Practical Guide, also published byWiley.

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Table of Contents



About the Website .

Chapter 1. Startup Phase.

Founders' Contractual Arrangements and Mechanics of theIncorporation Process.

Choice of Entity.

Stock Option Plans and Other Equity CompensationArrangements.

Employment Agreements.


Chapter 2. Financing The Venture.

Venture Capital Financings.

Basics of Debt Financing.

A Brief Introduction to the Structure and Operation of VentureCapital and Buyout Funds.


Chapter 3. Intellectual Property Protection.

Basics of Intellectual Property Protection.

License Agreements.

Technology Licensing: Advanced Topics.


Chapter 4. Private Placements, Initial Public Offerings, AndPublic Company Regulation.

Basics of Securities Regulation for Private Companies.

Initial Public Offerings.

Public Company Regulation.


Chapter 5. Acquisitions.

Mergers and Acquisitions: Structuring Considerations.

Overview of an Acquisition Agreement.

Advanced Topics.



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