Five years ago, on July 1, 2014, we launched this site. And we’ve been amazed by what you have done with its tools. Since 2014, you have visited Cooley GO from more than 160 countries, generating 166,000+ document packets, including 30,000+ incorporation packages and 60,000+ financing-related packages. You’ve shared your stories with our community and… Read more »

Introduction One of the most important things that a company can do to maintain its value is to take thoughtful steps to protect its intellectual property, its “secret sauce,” so to speak, that sets the product or company apart and makes it valuable to consumers and investors.  There are four main types of protection for… Read more »

Very often founders raise the concern about protecting against dilution.  Specifically, they are concerned that, as they grow their business and issue stock to investors, employees, and advisors, their shares, and therefore their voting power, will be diluted.  They want to know how they can protect themselves, and their company, from losing control.  Often, this… Read more »

Privacy regulation in the EU (including the UK) have undergone significant change: new laws impact any company (even those without a presence in the EU) that operates an EU-facing website to market goods or services to EU-based individuals and/or monitors EU-based individuals, e.g., with cookies or other similar technologies. The changes are far-reaching and will… Read more »

Choosing a lawyer for your startup is a decision you should consider carefully. Your options may include solo practitioners, small regional firms, large multi-national firms and everything in between. You might even consider relying on online form generators and doing away with engaging a lawyer altogether. Any of these choices may be fine for simple… Read more »

In conjunction with our Q3 Venture Financing Report, I sat down with Brad Feld, co-founder of the Foundry Group, to get his take on the current state of venture capital investing. A few highlights from Brad: Market outlook: “The existential freakout that occurred in January and February seemed like the distant past with the lingering… Read more »

OK, so you have made the decision to explore a sale of your company.  What can you do to make the deal go smoothly and put your best foot forward? Clean the House.  Ask your outside counsel and accounting teams to help identify outstanding record keeping matters.  Are your material contracts signed?  Are all arrangements… Read more »

Companies generally consider it a good idea for employees to be stakeholders in the business in which they work and believe share-based incentives offer the ability to reward, motivate and retain key staff. There are various ways in which employees of private UK companies can receive share incentives (i.e., an equity stake in their employer): either… Read more »