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The initial stages of launching a start-up are littered with challenges, and entrepreneurs will encounter a number of growing pains along the way, whether that be keeping your culture alive whilst needing to grow quickly, retaining and incentivising staff and recruiting with the increasing demand of millennials, or ensuring work/life balance and managing founder guilt. But perseverance can conjure the ultimate rewards and prove life-changing.

From initial concept to potential sale or IPO, start-ups need to consider a vast landscape of legal advice, including:

  • Fundraising advice, whether that be for a seed round or series A, B, C
  • Terms and conditions
  • Commercial contracts and partnership agreements
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Employment agreements
  • Intellectual Property protection
  • Data protection
  • Share schemes

What is CMS equIP?

Starting, and building, a successful business takes a good idea, a lot of energy and determination plus the right opportunities and the right people. They also need the right legal partner that can advise them as they grow and evolve. The CMS equIP programme works with start-ups in the technology sector to support their growth.

Why should start-ups use CMS equIP?

  • A full service law firm with a strong focus on Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • Working with some of the biggest names in tech as well as up and coming disruptors
  • Well networked in the industry through clients and partners
  • The only law firm in Europe that can offer you extensive IP support through our 100 strong international team of IP lawyers, patent and trade mark attorneys

CMS equIP members have access to:

  • Tech industry-focused legal advice across all areas of law at special discounted rates from a legal partner with experience of working with entrepreneurial companies of all sizes at every stage of growth
  • Exclusive training and networking events where equIP members can meet other start-ups and relevant contacts to share knowledge and extend their network
  • A menu of fixed fee services – transparent legal services specifically designed for technology start-up needs
  • Introductions to relevant industry players

Apply to become part of equIP

To find out more or apply to equIP UK, please complete the form in the link below.

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