Home / Insight / Start-ups

CMS equIP - helping start-ups scale

Go to International

What is equIP?

To start and build a successful business, you need a good idea, determination and a strong team. We at CMS would like to be part of your team. That is why we have developed equIP, a legal accelerator especially for start-ups based on innovative business ideas or technologies.

We have years of experience advising local and international start-ups on all legal and tax matters. We can act as your personal sparring partner and are always prepared to go the extra mile with you.

We organise exclusive events at which we offer you a stage to present your products and services to potential business partners and investors and to expand your network.

We have a strong sector focus on technology, media and telecommunications, energy, life sciences, biotech, fintech and digitalisation. We advise some of the largest technology companies worldwide and have an extensive network in the relevant industries as well as local and global start-up ecosystems.

equIP Newsletter

The next call will be announced in due time. 


Apply now!
PDF 989.2 kB


CMS bietet mit equIP Start-ups ein exklusives Rechtsserviceprogramm
PDF 128.2 kB


equIP membership lasts 3 years and offers the following benefits:

  • Premium legal advice on attractive terms
  • Contact with the most important players in the start-up scene
  • Our International Network 

equIP consulting services

As a full-service law firm, we offer first-class legal advice in every legal field at more than 75 locations worldwide. Our start-up advice covers the following areas

Commercial: commercial agreements, cooperation agreements, research agreements, franchise agreements, supply agreements, general terms and conditions, representation in consumer protection matters.

Corporate: advice on investment and financing structure and negotiation with shareholders and investors, articles of association and shareholders' agreements, advice on financing rounds and exit.

Employment: employment and management agreements, employee shareholding programs, job advertisements, termination management.

Funding Advice: search for & selection of suitable funding bodies, support in preparing an application, especially the legal requirements for funding

Intellectual Property: licence agreements, trademark registration, trademark and patent litigation, employee inventions, protection of
secrets, NDAs, strategic advice, IP health check.

IT & Data Protection: software agreements
(project, development, implementation, maintenance, outsourcing), software-as-a-service, data protection review and business model structuring, international data transfers, privacy and cookie policies, website health check.

Life Sciences: examining & implementing the legal requirements concerning medical devices, drugs and addictive substances, as well as health care professions, e-health, clinical studies and MTAs.

Media & Telecommunications: reviewing and implementing requirements concerning audiovisual media services, platforms, and telecommunications networks and services (e.g. advertisements, licence applications, general terms and conditions).

Regulatory: examination of banking, capital market and insurance law requirements for business operations, trade law permits, advice on applications and representation before authorities.

Tax: tax-optimised structuring, allocation of income
in the case of intermediary corporate bodies, tax transparency in the separation between corporate and private sectors, employee share ownership schemes.


equIP for investors and VC funds

equIP can also be used by investors, venture capital funds, accelerators and incubators. Thanks to our considerable flexibility and straightforward communication culture, we can also assist a large number of start-ups with rapid and easily implemented legal advice.

For investors, venture capital funds, accelerators and incubators, we put together an individual package that is tailored to their specific needs.

  • Bundle several start-ups in one equIP slot and extends our discount to all of them.
  • Also use our start-up conditions for advising on investments and follow-up financing.
  • equIP offers start-ups an attractive package of advisory and support services including premium legal advice with an international focus.

With the support of


Explore more

Download the brochure


When a Law Firm Turns in­to a Stage for Start-ups: CMS Event on the Top­ic...
In the frame­work of its CMS start-up ini­ti­at­ive, CMS in Vi­enna is ready to sup­port young en­tre­pren­eurs 365 days a year. At the “Of­fi­cial Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence Re­cep­tion by CMS” hos­ted on 1 June...
Pi­on­eers Fest­iv­al (Video)
When a Law Firm Turns in­to a Stage for Start-ups: CMS Event on the Top­ic of Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gence In the frame­work of its CMS start-up ini­ti­at­ive, CMS in Vi­enna is ready to sup­port young en­tre­pren­eurs...
Start-ups as the busi­ness of the fu­ture for law firms
Ever more Aus­tri­an law firms are of­fer­ing young com­pan­ies fa­vour­able con­di­tions, hop­ing to es­tab­lish them as long-term cli­ents
Star­tups and the law
With around 2,500 guests ex­pec­ted, the Pi­on­eers Fest­iv­al on the 24th and 25th of May in the Vi­enna Hof­burg is an ab­so­lute high­light in the start-up scene. If start-up founders want to en­sure that their...