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Early planning and experienced legal counsel capable of providing a holistic corporate governance strategy that preempts governance tensions are inherently crucial to every startup.

The Challenges

The distinctive challenges startups face, include, among others:

  • Capital structure with various classes or series of capital stock
  • Inherent conflict of interest among founders, stock employees and (venture capital) investors
  • Fiduciary duties of founders and members of the board of directors
  • Horizontal conflicts among shareholders
  • Information asymmetry among key players
  • Secondary trading of shares of capital stock on alternative trading systems
  • Liquidity pressure in late stages.

Our Services

We at Sosnow & Associates believe that proactive legal counsel in the form of a team member of our clients rather than serving as outside counsel, suits our clients’ needs best. We pride ourselves taking such a vital and active role in our clients’ day-to-day operations and have navigated numerous startups through an increasingly complex regulatory environment with practical business judgment. Based on our clients' specific needs and their particular characteristics, we:

  • Advise on board composition, procedures, and long term implications
  • Design and implement committee formations
  • Advise founders and directors regarding their fiduciary duties, including scenarios of conflicts of interest
  • Help establish best practices for directors and officers
  • Identify and design proper internal corporate structure and risk management procedures
  • Advise on executive compensation and employee incentive plans
  • Interact with regulators, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Counsel on state and federal securities laws, including the Securities Act of 1933 and the Exchange Act of 1934
  • Advise on Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank compliance
  • Counsel on mid-term strategies, including trading of securities on secondary markets such as alternative trading systems (ATS)
  • Counsel on long term strategies, including merger and acquisition, and IPO
  • Monitor ongoing corporate governance matters
  • Keep clients abreast of regulatory developments and the benefits and risks associated therewith.

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