Practice Areas & Industries: Greenberg Traurig, LLP


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Greenberg Traurig’s multidisciplinary legal team focuses on guiding emerging technology companies through all the stages of their development, from initial business formation through angel or venture capital financing to initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions.  We understand the needs of entrepreneurs, as well as the challenges they face. Drawing on the firm’s broad platform, we offer clients a streamlined approach to meeting their diverse legal needs – a single team that can scale up our services as our clients’ businesses grow. We regularly advise clients on a host of pressing legal issues, from IP protection and software/IT matters through labor and employment, compensation and tax issues.

Practical Legal Services for Emerging Technology Companies

  • Counsel clients on start-up and organizational matters, including entity selection, corporate formation, operating agreements, executive and employee compensation, stock ownership / option plans and governance strategies
  • Advise on joint ventures, strategic alliances and other business relationships
  • Advise entrepreneurs and emerging companies on developing strategies to attract and secure financing from angels, venture capital firms and private equity funds
  • Facilitate introductions to potential financing sources by drawing on GT’s broad network of working relationships in the private equity and venture capital arena
  • Structure equity ownership and compensation arrangements in a tax-efficient manner for entrepreneurs
  • Develop patent portfolio strategies
  • Counsel clients on the development, protection and enforcement of their patents and trademarks, as well as partnering, technology licensing and acquisition opportunities
  • Help companies address IT needs, including outsourcing and software-related matters
  • Advise clients on labor and employment issues, employee benefits policies and related issues
  • Provide litigation and dispute resolution counseling and services, including proactive advice on minimizing the risk of litigation, as needed
  • Help clients plan for and implement financing and exit strategies, from private placements to initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions
  • Represent both emerging and established companies in their efforts to compete with incumbent operators, domestically and internationally

A Business-minded approach to advising our clients

  • Provide sophisticated legal counsel based on our many years of experience helping clients form, finance and grow their companies
  • Support our clients in the markets where they do business, with competitive rates in all of the local markets where GT has offices
  • Offer clients a streamlined approach to handling their legal needs – a single point of contact to efficiently access a multidisciplinary platform of legal services, all provided by a single firm
  • Provide clients with access to the hubs of innovation for emerging technology, as well as other key commercial and financial centers, via GT offices in Boston, New York, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Phoenix, Austin and other markets throughout the United States

Industry Experience

  • Alternative energy (biofuels)
  • Biotechnology
  • Clean technology
  • Consumer products
  • Drug discovery
  • Entertainment and media
  • Financial technology
  • Health care
  • Information technology and e-commerce
  • Life sciences
  • Medical devices
  • Mobile devices and internet
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Semiconductors
  • Social media
  • Software
  • Stem cells
  • Telecommunications
  • Video gaming
  • Voice recognition
  • Web 2.0

Articles Authored by Lawyers at this office:

Effects of 'Guiding Opinions' on Filing of Simple Cases of Concentration of Business Operations in Merger Control Filings
Dawn (Dan) Zhang, August 21, 2014
In February of this year, the PRC Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) released the Tentative Provisions on Standards Applicable to Simple Cases of Concentration of Business Operations (for Trial Implementation) (the Tentative Provisions). The Tentative Provisions set forth the standards for...

EU Commission Publishes Merger Regulation White Paper on Minority Shareholdings
Simon Harms,Hans Urlus,Emilie van Hasselt, August 18, 2014
In the United States, merger control rules require notifications to be submitted to the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice in respect of certain acquisitions of non-controlling minority shareholdings.

European Commission Raises the Stakes for Undertakings to Comply with EU Merger Control Rules
Stephen C. Tupper, August 18, 2014
On July 23, 2014, the European Commission (Commission) imposed a fine of EUR 20 million on Marine Harvest, the Norwegian salmon farmer and processor, after it acquired a 48.5 percent stake in its competitor Morpol prior to obtaining the required clearance from the Commission under the European...

Don’t Leave It Out of Your Earn-Out - Delaware Court of Chancery Addresses Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in the Context Contingent Purchase Price Provisions
Jennifer Brady,Kenneth A. Gerasimovich, July 15, 2014
When negotiations over the purchase price in a business acquisition hit an impasse, an earn-out may be a useful device to bridge the gap between the buyer and seller. Under an earn-out provision, a portion of the purchase price is paid post-closing based on the future performance of the acquired...

Delaware Supreme Court: Controller Buyout Mergers can now be Reviewed under Business Judgment Rule
Clifford E. Neimeth, July 14, 2014
In a significant case of first impression, the Delaware Supreme Court, in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (M&F Worldwide), No. 334, 2013 (Del. Mar. 14, 2014), unanimously affirmed that a controller’s buyout of its subsidiary in a negotiated merger is entitled to judicial review under the...