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.
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:
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.