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Our law firm's offer to create and develop your start-up

Take your first steps towards a successful future with FABLAW

You have a project and are enthusiastic about making it happen. You can't sleep at night. You know that setting up a new business can be a complicated exercise. Your friends and network warned you about certain issue.

Naturally, you have some concerns related to legal, tax and employment issues at the various development stages of your project: start-up, take-off/acceleration and fundraising. Our lawyers’ team is here to help you to anticipate and face these challenges as part of our FABLAW offer.

Our aim is to support one promotion of start-ups a year, after they have been selected by our dedicated team. These start-ups will benefit from our reputation, conscientious approach and support, under financial conditions suited to their stage of development, as part of a specifically dedicated offer.

Our ambition is also to grant you access to our network, both in France and internationally. We will help you in building your links with the ecosystem of your development and decipher the codes of your industry — business angels, private investors, investment funds, etc. — as well as form large industrial players, SMEs, our clients and perhaps your future prime contractors.


Our innovative solutions for your start-up

Having already advised a good number of start-ups, we understand the risks that you have to face. Our experts will guide you through the different issues that you could face with a view to let you concentrating solely on the most important thing: the growth of your company.

30 hours to support you in the launch, acceleration and take-off of your project* by means of adapted pricing. 

* With a maximum of 10 hours dedicated to intellectual property and commercial law. 

A start-up promotion selected by year.

A team of over 30 available and motivated tax lawyers, corporate lawyers and specialists in business law, to guide you and make your project a success.

Providing you with the services of a first-rate business consultancy due to our one stop shop approach and ensuring you benefit from our network in France and internationally.

To support you throughout your project, our team has created dedicated documentation to meet your needs and answer any questions that may arise.

In addition to our dedicated offer, our team can support you in assessing your start-up and run a financial model of your innovative projects.

With our expertise we can evaluate start-ups using a full range of services that fit your needs and support the raising of funds and the development of your company until it reaches maturity. We use reliable databases that enable us to evaluate your intangible assets. Our team of specialists work within the specific legal and/or tax framework of your project and deploy economic and financial analysis techniques suited to your context, in order to meet your challenges.

4 steps to create your start-up

Our wide range of expertise enables us to advise you throughout all your project.

Step 1: Start-up

  • Creating the company (initial articles of association, anticipating the questions that will potentially be raised by banks and financial partners, checking the financial and regulatory requirements relevant to the business, etc.)
  • Tax structuring
  • Data protection
  • Protection of intellectual property (patents, trademarks, domain names, non disclosure agreement, etc.)
  • Employment/HR
  • Legal notice
  • Financial aid and incentives for entrepreneurs (Aides au Créateurs d’Entreprise)

Step 2: Take-off / Acceleration

  • Financing (Love money - Business angels - Subsidies, shareholder’s loan agreements, securities and shareholders agreement, etc.)
  • Tax issues (tax credits, Innovative Start-Up status, profit-sharing schemes, income and wealth tax reliefs, shareholding structuring, etc.)
  • Promotion of intellectual property (license agreements, etc.)
  • Sales contracts (general terms and conditions of sale, etc.)
  • Employment/HR (profit-sharing scheme for employees and managers, employment contracts, management of employer contributions, etc.)
  • Establishment (first offices and business premises tenant rental, temporary occupation, provision of premises by public person, acquisition or construction of your first office facilities, etc.)

Step 3: Fundraising

  • Preparation for the Due Diligence (building the data room, relationships with data room providers, legal, social and tax audits for potential investors, Q&A process, etc.)
  • Corporate documentation
  • Transaction structuring (legal, tax and financial structuring)
  • Founders’ Management package (management incentive plan, investment protocol, representations and warranties, etc.)
  • Shareholders’ agreement
  • Signing/closing

NB: please note that support in the fundraising is not part of the dedicated financial offer.

Step 4: Modelling and assessment

  • Financial modelling (reliability of the business plan assumptions, modelling of cash flow estimates, rinancial analysis of investment opportunities)
  • Evaluation of start-ups (discounted cash flows, multiples approach, real options, price proposals, sensitivity analysis based on the main value creation drivers, management packages, etc.)
  • Evaluation of intangible assets (patents, technology, expertise, customer database, trademarks, intangible asset license schemes, etc.)

NB: please note that financial modelling and evaluation are not part of the dedicated financial offer.

A team of law­yers ded­ic­ated to your start-up

FABLAW is our law firm's dedicated offer for start-ups and is driven by an enthusiastic team of dedicated lawyers. Our cross-practice team composed of tax specialists, legal experts and employment law specialists is motivated to support entrepreneurs. Selected Star-ups were chosen based on the reliability and innovative aspects of their project.

Our experts, active in France and internationally, have formed privileged partnerships with incubators, associations for entrepreneurs, specialist funds, etc. Our attentive and experienced lawyers are ready to accompany you in making the right decisions in order to achieve your ambitions.



"CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats' lawyers provided full support at every key stage of the development of Laboté and especially during the initial round of negotiations with investors in the context of our fundraising. They were didactic, reactive, sympathetic and always willing to listen to my operational concerns. They supported me with a great deal of professionalism and consideration in understanding the issues of my business. 
I would recommend them to any start-up looking for high quality support".

Lucile Battail
Founder | www.labote.paris

« CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats has been a creative, enthusiastic and a very supportive partner of Fair/e, perfectly familiar with the legal and tax issues facing entrepreneurs. The team is very creative as well as very reactive, whilst always remaining cautious in terms of process, a rare gift in this profession.»
Julien Magitteri
Founder, President | Fair/e

"We are absolutely delighted to have worked with CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats. Our partnership has even been advantageous. In every legal or tax matter we have faced, Alexandre has always quickly and efficiently directed us towards the right person. The advice and recommendations of the firm's lawyers have been priceless and, without a shadow of a doubt, a genuine asset in our growth."

Laetitia and Clemence
Founders| Revele

« CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats lawyers have a fantastic understanding of the world of start-ups. With their incredibly pragmatic view of the challenges facing us, they are an important component of our success. Apart from their undoubted technical excellence, I would say we were most impressed by their ability to identify the truly critical subjects at each stage of our development. This meant we could focus on making our project a success with complete peace of mind.»

Timothée and Guilhem
Founders| Elistair

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