Entrepreneurial Ventures

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Overview

Our Clients

Katten has a long and distinguished history of advising entrepreneurs. In fact, we began representing some of our most successful and significant clients when they were young, entrepreneurial businesses. Our Entrepreneurial Ventures team counsels innovative, high-growth companies and their investors through all stages of the corporate life cycle—from initial organization and funding through follow-on financing rounds, transformational merger and acquisition transactions, and liquidity events. We are particularly focused on technology-driven businesses and we are experienced in the health care, financial services, sports and entertainment industries.

Our Services

Katten helps entrepreneurs launch transformational companies and supports them as they grow. Our Entrepreneurial Ventures team assists emerging businesses across the spectrum of their legal needs, advising on the best form of business entity for the enterprise, governance and management, and all types of business transactions and operational issues. Innovative technology businesses turn to us to address the challenges they face in seeking funding, protecting intellectual property, recruiting and retaining talented employees, and developing sales channels.

We create efficiencies through the use of high-quality precedent documents for initial funding rounds, protecting confidentiality and ownership rights, and implementing employment and compensation agreements. Our attorneys structure transactions focused on providing flexibility when determining a proper exit strategy, including initial public offerings, refinancings, and taxable and tax-free sales.

Katten's Entrepreneurial Ventures team is experienced in areas important to developing companies, including the following:

  • Venture capital and equity and debt financings
  • Tax planning reflecting the capital needs and potential exit strategies of the founders
  • Securities law compliance and sophisticated public and private securities transactions and reporting
  • Mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other forms of technology transfer
  • Employee benefits and equity compensation arrangements
  • Intellectual property protection, including employee and inventor agreements, confidentiality agreements, and patent prosecution nationally and internationally
  • Development and licensing transactions with developers and end users
  • Strategic business transactions and counseling
  • Service contracts for installation, implementation, support and maintenance, and consulting services
  • Distribution and sales channel arrangements at the national and international levels

Clients benefit from our deep experience with private equity and venture capital sponsors and diverse transactional history. We leverage Katten's relationships with entrepreneurs and investors to connect clients with potential customers, partners and investors, and uncover solutions to their unique business issues. The firm helped establish Chicago's 1871, one of the most ambitious incubator projects in the country. Home to more than 400 tech start-up companies, 1871 is where Chicago's brightest digital designers, engineers and entrepreneurs are shaping new technologies.

Our knowledge, deal experience, industry understanding and relationships allow us to offer emerging companies options—not restrictions—to plan effectively for the future.

Experience
  • Representation of an automated facilities maintenance services manager in connection with:
    • subordinated debt financing;
    • growth equity and strategic financing with a strategic industry partner; and
    • growth equity financing transactions with institutional investors and other strategic high-net-worth investors.
  • Representation of an online test prep and e-learning business in connection with equity funding by a venture capital investor, and subsequent sale to a strategic purchaser.
  • Representation of a social media management services company initially focused on luxury hotels in connection with its organization and angel financings.
  • Representation of an online community experience company in connection with its organization and angel financings.
  • Representation of an online SaaS company specializing in the retention of enrolled college students in connection with company formation and angel financings.
  • Representation of a production company creating custom content for major consumer brands' online and mobile programming in connection with its organization and angel financings.
  • Representation of a social media-focused SaaS HR recruiting company in connection with its organization and angel financing.
  • Representation of an enterprise software business in connection with institutional venture capital equity funding and numerous equity funding transactions.
  • Representation of the clean tech- and solar-focused venture capital investment arm of a large corporation in more than 20 early-stage investments.
  • Representation of a family office in connection with early-stage investments, primarily relating to consumer brands.
  • Representation of a retail-focused investment group in connection with investments in several kiosk-based businesses.
  • Representation of a local entrepreneur in connection with acquisition capital financing for rollup of hosting service providers.
  • Representation of the owner-operator of a home health care business in connection with its minority investment in a related product development company.
  • Representation of an owner-operated data center located in the Chicago area in connection with a variety of corporate and IP-related matters.
  • Representation of a developer of a travel-related content platform in connection with IP matters and equity financing.
  • Representation of a developer of a calendar app in connection with IP and corporate matters and equity financing.
  • Representation of a developer of a mortgage app and platform in connection with its acquisition of a mortgage banking business and $30 million in Series A financing.
  • Representation of a consumer product company, backed by a health care accelerator, in connection with corporate and patent matters.
  • Representation of a developer of a consumer purchasing app in connection with corporate and capital-raising matters.
  • Representation of a consumer product company in connection with more than $100 million in late-stage funding and corporate and litigation matters.
  • Representation of a developer of a search tool in connection with corporate restructuring and Series A financing.
  • Representation of an IT-cloud services company in connection with various corporate, equity compensation and capital-related matters.
  • Representation of a manufacturer of customized servers in connection with various corporate, IP and equity compensation matters.
  • Representation of a developer of a 3D image recognition device in connection with equity financings, corporate matters and litigation.
  • Representation of a crème-based liquor company in connection with seed and Series A financings.
  • Representation of an online retail platform in connection with its formation and seed financing.
  • Representation of an IT services company in connection with recapitalization and corporate matters.
  • Representation of a venture-backed, vendor resource management company in connection with its formation, five rounds of venture financing and its sale to a private equity fund for $220 million.
  • Representation of a Chicago-area venture capital fund in connection with its Series A and Series B investments in a provider of cloud-based software optimization.
  • Representation of an angel investor in connection with several rounds of equity financing of the development of a bifurcated stent and subsequent sale to a public company for $120 million in stock with a potential earn-out of another $120 million.
  • Representation of an early-stage online fitness portal in connection with its general corporate matters.
  • Representation of a management group in connection with raising capital and the organization of acquisition opportunities in a new rollup of mass-market media assets.
  • Representation of a data management company in connection with a recapitalization with venture capital investors valuing the business at up to $150 million.
  • Representation of a Chicago-area venture capital fund in connection with its Series A investments in early-stage technology companies.
  • Representation of an investor in connection with several rounds of equity and convertible debt financing of the development of a system to activate the diaphragm using valve stimulation for patients who require mechanical ventilators.
  • Representation of investors in connection with the $8 million B-round financing of an Israeli medical diagnostic device company.
  • Representation of an executive concierge medicine business in connection with its A- and B-round financings, related joint ventures, and sale to a hospital network.
  • Representation of a provider of training optimization software, prior to its initial public offering, in connection with a recapitalization transaction.
  • Representation of the first air-to-ground phone company in connection with its formation, airline contracts and equity funding.
Professionals
Events
November 9, 2016
2016 ACG LA Business Conference | Pasadena, California
November 5, 2015
October 21, 2015
September 17, 2015
April 30–May 1, 2015
January 15–16, 2015
Blockchain Technical & Legal Workshop | Cambridge, Massachusetts
December 4, 2013
Startup Sessions: First Round | Chicago, Illinois

Recognition

Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide), 2016–2017
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Recognition

Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide), 2016–2017
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