SEED-STAGE VENTURE INVESTING
This advanced law course on Seed-Stage Venture Investing is designed for law students and legal professionals interested in deepening their understanding of the legal aspects of seed-stage investments in startups. The course will provide a comprehensive overview of the various stages, structures, and legal issues that arise during seed-stage investments, with a focus on the roles and responsibilities of investors, founders, and legal counsel.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
Understand the startup ecosystem and the role of seed-stage investors, including angel investors, venture capitalists, and incubators/accelerators.
Analyze and conduct legal due diligence for seed-stage investments, with a focus on intellectual property rights, legal risks, and liabilities.
Structure and negotiate seed-stage investment deals, taking into consideration valuation methods, investment instruments, and key terms.
Advise on corporate governance and founder relations in the context of seed-stage investments, including board composition, voting rights, and minority shareholder protections.
Navigate the regulatory framework and compliance requirements for seed-stage investing, including securities laws, accredited investor requirements, and exemptions.
Draft and review term sheets and closing documents for seed-stage investment deals.
Develop strategies for follow-on investments, bridge financing, and exit events, such as mergers and acquisitions or initial public offerings.
Address tax considerations and cross-border investments, including tax-efficient structures and international legal frameworks.
Evaluate impact investing and socially responsible investing (SRI) opportunities and assess the associated legal and regulatory considerations.
Stay informed of current trends and emerging challenges in seed-stage venture investing and adapt legal practices to the evolving landscape.