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Emerging Business

Miles & Stockbridge’s Emerging Business Practice focuses on the unique needs of entrepreneurial and privately held companies and the equity partners who invest in them. Our lawyers bring an understanding of business issues to their role as legal counsel, and we offer the resources of a full-service business law firm. We have practical experience throughout the business life cycle because our lawyers have served as both outside and inside general counsel with start-up, early and growth stage companies, as well as family-owned and mid-market businesses.

Our collaboration across firm practices brings clients  the full spectrum of legal counsel necessary to develop and grow their businesses – from general corporate and business counsel to keep operations running smoothly to more complex tax, acquisition, employment, general commercial contracting, intellectual property and immigration matters that can weigh heavily on business owners. We often counsel client who are looking to attract growth capital or angel funding and to secure funding for ongoing operations. Whatever the need, we work hard to provide the most effective and efficient counsel possible.

Our lawyers also understand the unique needs of the financial investor. We counsel venture funds, angel investors, investment groups and private equity investors in planning, acquiring and growing their investments – from the first round of financing through exit transactions. Our representation can be adjunct to the investor’s own in-house counsel as specialty needs arise -- such as employment, intellectual property or merger and acquisition matters -- or as general counsel. Our lawyers also are receptive to and often enter into alternative fee arrangements (other than hourly billing) for various legal matters involving start-up, early stage and growth companies.