Practice Areas

Emerging Companies

We represent startup companies through every stage of their lifecycle. We currently represent over one hundred technology startups and has counseled hundreds of entrepreneurs and startup companies on matters including incorporation, corporate governance, employment issues, commercial contracts, and seed and venture capital financings. We have represented companies participating in the leading startup accelerators, such as YCombinator, 500 Startups, Techstars. Our attorneys serve as mentors at Starta Capital Accelerator, Pulsar Accelerator, and Hack Temple. Our attorneys are skilled at counseling on the basics (e.g., formation, financings, equity incentive arrangements, labor and employment, governance issues and intellectual property protection).

As a result of our experience in the startup community, we understand the practical business needs of early-stage companies. We act as outside general counsel to many of startup and emerging growth clients, including participating in board-level discussions and serving as an extension of the management team. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide cost-efficient and practical solutions with the flexible terms that startup companies desire.

We maintain an extensive network of service providers and investors in several jurisdictions and can often act as one-stop shop for just about every need of an emerging company.

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Venture Capital

We represent startup companies, angel investors, and venture capital funds in venture capital financings. Our attorneys have negotiated and closed financing deals on behalf of several hundred clients, with deal size ranging from $100,000 to over $20 million.

Some of GW’s recent venture capital financings include:
$20 million investment in a Silicon Valley based autonomous driving company (represented investors)

$12 million investment in a New York internet marketing company (represented the company)

$5 million investment in a Los Angeles based Virtual Reality company (represented the company)

$3 million investment in a Silicon Valley based anti-virus protection company (represented investors)

$4 million investment in a Southern California based substance detection company (represented investors)

$4 million investment in a Silicon Valley based medical imaging company (represented investors)

$4 million investment in an Ireland based 3D visual communications company (represented investors)

$2 million investment in a Switzerland based 3D content provider (represented the company)

$2 million investment in a San Diego based 3D technology company (represented the company)

$2 million investment in a New York based cloud computing service (represented investors)

$3 million investment in a Silicon Valley based internet server technology (represented the company)

$1 million investment in Silicon Valley based cloud computing solutions provider (represented investors)

$2 million investment in /Luxembourg e-commerce service (represented investors)
GW also has significant experience in Venture Capital Fund structuring on behalf of the fund managers and conducting due diligence on behalf of limited partners.

Some of GW’s recent venture fund structuring and due diligence efforts include:
$200 million Cayman Islands VC Fund (representing GP)
$60 million United Kingdom VC Fund (representing GP)
$135 million Cayman Islands VC Fund (representing GP)
$40 million Silicon Valley VC Fund (representing GP)
$120 million Silicon Valley VC Fund (representing GP)
$100 million Silicon Valley VC Fund (representing GP)
$10 million Silicon Valley VC Fund (representing GP)
Numerous Seed Fund (representing GP)

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Technology Transactions

We represent established and startup companies in a wide variety of strategic technology transactions, including agreements to develop, acquire, license, test, market, distribute, brand, and protect technology and related intellectual property rights; including:

· Reviewing, negotiating and drafting complex intellectual property, corporate and commercial agreements or other transactions
· Patent and trademark prosecution
· Technology and patent licensing agreements
· Joint development agreements
· Manufacturing agreements
· Cross border technology agreements
· Distribution Agreements
· Consulting agreements
· Software development agreements
· Terms of Service and Privacy Policies
· Software licensing / maintenance agreements
· SaaS and Cloud licensing agreements
· Manufacturing agreements
· OEM agreements
· Co-branding/brand licensing
· Beta/Demo/Evaluation agreements
· Sponsored Research & Development Agreements
· Source code escrow agreements
· Patent and Trademark prosecution and litigation

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International Business Services

While our main offices are in California, we have a widely respected niche practice counseling international businesses in all areas of their business activities internationally and in the United States.

The firm’s attorneys can provide strategic solutions and legal advice involving all aspects of your business. This includes the following international business services:

• Mergers and acquisitions
• International joint ventures and partnerships
• Real estate purchase, development and sale transactions
• Corporate restructuring
• Technology licensing
• Computer software distribution and licensing
• Distributorship agreements
• Business dispute resolutions

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Skilled Employment Law Defense

We understand the complex nature of employment and labor law disputes. These issues can significantly impact your business.

Our lawyers represent employers throughout California in all types of employment law matters. We provide personal attention and tailor advice to help you protect yourself from legal disputes and lawsuits. Our services include preventative counseling and litigation involving:

• Contract disputes
• Separation agreements and severance agreements
• Employment manuals
• Defense against wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims.

Our clients come from a variety of industries, including medical practices, real estate development, resort operation, cities, counties, nonprofits, restaurants, local manufacturing and other service industries.

Our litigation background helps us provide effective and responsible representation and counseling to assist businesses in preventing and/or resolving costly lawsuits. We are proud of our ability to navigate difficult situations on behalf of our clients.

Our attorneys have the talent and ability to defend employers aggressively and efficiently in all types of litigation and arbitration. We are known for being able to favorably resolve cases at the early stages and obtain favorable results for our clients in all types of employment law disputes.

Importantly, in providing an effective and concise defense, we send a message to future litigants to find another defendant. We take pride in our employment client relationships which have spanned decades.

Our proactive consultative approach helps us eliminate employment disputes and legal matters affecting businesses. We are well-versed in all aspects of defending companies against labor law violations.

We encourage you to contact us before making any termination decisions that will impact an employee of a protected class. We are able to anticipate and prevent problems before they arise, saving you time and money. We find that this approach significantly minimizes the risk of litigation and administrative claims against our clients.

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