Emerging Companies

Cutting-edge companies drive innovation and are the foundation of a growing economy. Bowditch & Dewey provides early-stage enterprises with guidance in all stages of development: from business planning, organization and financing through to cultivating a team, protecting intellectual property and going public.

Through various industry and practice groups, we work closely with private businesses of all sizes, public companies, Fortune 100 corporations, financial institutions, institutes of higher education, energy utilities, non-profit and quasi-public entities, and healthcare providers that focus on the innovation industries.

Bowditch & Dewey's transactional lawyers are experienced in angel and venture capital financings, biotech deals, complex business combinations, structured financing, tax credits, restructuring, real estate investments, and environmental and land use requirements.

Our lawyers work together to create and provide comprehensive and cost-effective solutions for early stage enterprises, investment funds, and business management. We advise startups through each phase of their business cycle - from concept to market penetration. As corporate counsel, we help our start-up clients navigate the opportunities and challenges of formation, financing, market entry, and regulatory requirements. Embedded in our services is providing introductions to our network of VCs, angel investors, bankers, financiers, investors, industrialists, and other service providers.

Our attorneys actively participate in preeminent organizations supporting thought leadership and incubation for emerging companies including The Venture Forum, the Worcester CleanTech Incubator, The TechSandBox.


  • Fund formation, management, and raising capital
  • Strategic collaborations, public finance, project finance, and government incentives
  • Energy and environmental regulatory compliance
  • Intellectual property, including licensing agreements
  • Tax credits and equity
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Business formation and structuring
  • Complex contracts
  • Real estate and land use, including permitting and construction
  • Dispute resolution and litigation

Representative experience:

  • Counsel to a Santa Monica based clean tech venture fund through several rounds of financing and investment transactions
  • Serve as general counsel to a New York based venture fund dedicated to helping early-stage startups enterprises and entrepreneurs
  • Prepared investment agreements for early-stage sustainable building software company
  • Counseled a shared economy company on developing terms, conditions, privacy compliance for its application based sharing platform
  • Counseled a for-profit client through on-line fundraising (crowdfunding) under Title III of the federal JOBS Act