Emerging Business


Miller Thomson’s expertise in the early stage space is extensive. It is a sector that plays to the firm’s strengths, including its business minded services, and strength in different practice group areas that fit with the varying and often complex legal issues that emerging businesses present. Founders, owners and managers of rapidly emerging businesses, the financial and strategic investors that fund such businesses, and the incubators, accelerators and other partners that support the emerging industries need access to sophisticated legal advice and top lawyers who understand the challenges and this unique landscape. It is against this backdrop that Miller Thomson’s Emerging Business Program was created. Through it, we provide the high-quality, pragmatic legal advice and mentoring that can be critical to the success of start-up and early-stage businesses, and all at very competitive pricing.

Our services include:

MTech® Program

In 2006, Miller Thomson launched the MTech program, which has helped hundreds of early-stage companies achieve their objectives and grow.  As part of this program, we work closely with startup teams on all aspects of the planning, creation and operations of emerging businesses, from formation and corporate records to equity compensation planning and advice on employment and business agreements.  Our goal is to provide clients with flexible business structures that incorporate essential protections for founders and other personnel, with an eye on making companies “investor ready” and positioning them for future growth.

Investor Services

Miller Thomson frequently acts for angel investors and venture capital funds in connection with their investments in emerging businesses. Our depth of experience enables us to provide practical, solution oriented advice. Miller Thomson is accustomed to working with U.S. based venture capital funds, including providing advice regarding Canadian legal issues and deal terms. We are also closely affiliated with a number of angel groups who are active in the emerging business sector.

Industry Partner Services

Miller Thomson sponsors, is affiliated with, and acts as legal counsel to incubators and accelerators active in the support and development of emerging growth businesses across Canada.  Our network and experience positions us at the centre of the market and allows us to assist our clients in seeking partnerships tailored to the needs of each unique startup business.

Whether we are acting for founders, owners and managers of businesses or investors, Miller Thomson is uniquely positioned to provide the essential services and strategic advice necessary to create a solid legal foundation for businesses and investors.

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