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Start-ups & Small & Medium Sized Enterprises

CM Advocates > Start-ups & Small & Medium Sized Enterprises

Our approach to Start-ups and Emerging Companies draws from our interdisciplinary team-based approach to client service. This leverages the experience of our lawyers across all of the firm’s practice groups to ensure that our clients are offered top-notch legal services covering a wide array of industries and legal disciplines.

We advise start-ups and high-growth companies at every stage of their evolution and on the full spectrum of their legal issues. Ours lawyers have acted for entrepreneurs and emerging companies as well as lenders, private equity and venture capital companies that offer them debt or equity financing. Therefore, we fully understand the issues that start-ups grapple with. Our legal and commercial awareness skills enable us to offer practical and economically sound legal advisory services start-ups and high-growth companies.

We assist companies at all stages of their lifecycle. Typically, we begin with a free consultation to assess the company’s business model and legal requirements. These ranges from drafting and review of commercial agreements, tax law advisory, corporate structuring, corporate governance to labour and employment issues. At this stage besides our legal services, in liaison with our other advisory businesses, we also advise such start-ups on marketing and business development, strategy as well as best financing options.

From there, we often work with startups to identify and address their unique legal requirements and needs. Moreover, we also offer such companies legal, compliance, company secretarial and corporate governance advisory services.

From there, we often work with startups to identify and address their unique legal requirements and needs. Moreover, we also offer such companies legal, compliance, company secretarial and corporate governance advisory services.

At an opportune time, we represent these companies in their capital raising efforts or funding transactions, shareholders’ agreements, joint ventures, acquisitions by strategic investors, other shares deals, exit strategies, mergers or restructuring.

In the event of a dispute, our Dispute Resolution lawyers work together to advance our clients’ causes in a timeous and cost-effective manner.

Young Innovators’ Plan

As part of our commitment to the success of the new generation of innovators, and entrepreneurs, CM Advocates offers a proprietary Young Innovators Plan. After an initial free consultation to fully understand your startup’s needs and objectives, our team will prepare a customized package of legal services, which will be provided to you at a concessionary rate.

Our Young Innovators Plan provides legal services in the following areas:

  • Business set up, formation and structure
  • Governance and company Secretarial
  • Financing, including identifying potential investors
  • Intellectual property – patents, trademarks and copyrights
  • Labor and employment issues
  • Contracts and agreements
  • Real estate
  • Legal and Regulatory compliance
  • Tax and estate planning
  • Dispute resolution
  • Mergers, acquisitions and other strategic transactions

Our plan is designed to help startups and entrepreneurs commence their business without exposing them to legal risks that can cripple their business- even as they grapple with the challenges of limited resources, time, and funding.

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