Our Firm offers appealing advice to these companies, whether it is related to its foundation or to legal questions regarding daily management. We assist start-ups as well as investors, notably in relation to financing rounds.

We maintain a strong relationship with the university ecosystem of Lausanne, which we know very well. One of the Firm’s partners is in charge of a course at the EPFL, where he teaches the specific legal aspects linked to start-ups.

Specific qualifications

Constitution of companies

We advise founders with regards to the choice of an appropriate legal structure, to the incorporation of the company and organizing their relationships, in particular with the establishment of the shareholders’ agreement.

Current contracts

We assist start-ups with written contracts such as employment contracts, licenses or sales. We constantly keep in mind the key parameters for a start-up, in particular copyright protection.

We also make sure that the contracts we darft include clauses that investors need during due diligence procedures.

Incentive plan – stock-options

We establish incentive plans for our clients, in particular stock option plans, share plans, and other plans (restricted stock units, phantom stocks, etc.)

Financing rounds – investment

We advise start-ups and investors regarding financing rounds, from the drafting of term sheets to the closing, including drafting investment contracts and shareholders agreements.

For the directors of start-ups, financing rounds are usually challenging. We ensure to prepare it in advance in order to avoid that questions linked to legal aspects be the main questions.

For investors, we can proceed with the legal due diligence.

Experience

  • Assisting an investment fund with investments in two aggrotech companies;
  • Assisting a computer science start-up with the drafting of a shareholders’ agreement, employment contracts, an incentive plan and a collaboration agreement with an industrial partner.