START-UPS AND VENTURE CAPITAL

Since the firm's inception in the early days of Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has been privileged to help lay the groundwork for some of the world's most innovative technology, life sciences, and growth companies. As the nation's leading law firm representing venture-backed companies, we have counseled thousands of entrepreneurs starting new businesses, advising on the formation of companies, equity structures, negotiations with investors, intellectual property rights, and other issues vital to their success.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

We take an interdisciplinary approach to counseling entrepreneurs and young companies, offering deep expertise in such vital areas as:

This interdisciplinary approach, along with the breadth and depth of our practice, allows us to serve as a strategic advisor through each stage of a private company's growth. In addition, we have a number of business processes and proprietary Knowledge Management systems in place that enable all of our attorneys to leverage the collective experience and skills of the firm, ensuring maximum effectiveness and efficiencies for our clients.

A Network for Entrepreneurs

Our attorneys have seen countless ventures—launched with little more than a promising idea and the passion of their founders—grow into highly successful, mature companies. The firm has grown as well; currently, we represent roughly 300 public and 3,000 private companies. But our commitment to entrepreneurs remains resolute, and we always are looking for new ways to serve their needs.

As part of our commitment to the entrepreneurial community, we have developed the Entrepreneurs Network, dedicated to providing members with the information and opportunities they need to develop into the next generation of industry leaders. The network is available to all entrepreneurs and start-up company executives who have a relationship with the firm. Members are invited to networking events and to attend our annual Entrepreneurs College, a multi-week seminar series covering a wide range of topics designed to help entrepreneurs focus their ideas, develop a business strategy, build the right relationships, and access capital.

For more information on the Entrepreneurs Network, please contact your Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati attorney.

U.S. Expansion

Our attorneys have advised hundreds of non-U.S. start-up and growth-stage technology companies—including clients based in the U.K., Israel, and other EMEA countries; South and Central America; and Greater Asia—that have decided to enter the U.S. market, whether to expand, raise investment capital, or pursue a key transaction.

We also work closely with key local stakeholders in those regions—investors, accelerators, incubators, professional advisors, strategic partners, and government economic development agencies—to provide home market support on U.S. matters and ensure that companies have the right teams around them to succeed in the U.S.

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