Startups and Emerging Businesses

The Carney Startup Team effectively and efficiently helps our clients turn a great idea into a product or service, and bring it to market. Whether you are a first-time entrepreneur or a seasoned startup professional, we can help you navigate your company’s life cycle from inception to exit. Our services include:

  • Formation and structuring of new companies
  • Changes to existing companies to make them more attractive to potential investors
  • Tech licensing and commercial transactions
  • Employee and independent contractor agreements
  • Stock grants, stock options, and other forms of equity compensation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Tax planning
  • Compliance with federal and state securities laws
  • Cap table management
  • Corporate governance
  • Preparing for and managing the due diligence process
  • Debt and equity financings, including convertible promissory notes and stock offerings
  • Formation of investment funds and special purpose entities
  • Intellectual property selection, protection and enforcement
  • Acqui-hire transactions


Our team members have a diversity of experience, having worked at startups, VCs, public companies, large national law firms, and boutique startup law practices. As a result, we have a unique range of perspectives to resolve your current problems, anticipate future needs, and eliminate potential roadblocks before they arise. Our clients include companies within a wide range of industry sectors:

  • Software
  • Video games
  • Virtual reality and augmented reality
  • Internet of Things
  • Biotech
  • Medical device
  • HealthTech
  • FinTech
  • Mobile application development
  • Wearable technology
  • CleanTech
  • Food and beverage
  • Hospitality
  • Cannabis
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Social purpose companies


We also represent sources of capital, such as angel investors, VCs, and lenders. As a result, we understand the financing deal from both sides of the negotiating table.

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