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:
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.
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.
Miller Thomson is delighted to announce that two valued clients have won the Road to Banff Venture Forum Pitch-Off Competition. Toronto-based user-engagement platform Viafoura and Waterloo-based global, intelligent, mobile learning tech start-up ClevrU to
MILLER THOMSON CLIENTS NAB TWO OF THREE GRAND PRIZES AT VENTURE FORUM PITCH-OFF ClevrU, Viafoura off to Banff Venture Forum after taking home top prizes at Canada 3.0 May 18, 2011 – Miller Thomson is delighted to announce that two...
Gal Smolar speaks on Vancouver Startup Week 2018 panel on the topic of “Starting Right: The Role of Lawyers in the Startup World”
Launching a startup is an exciting time for any entrepreneur, but it also means grappling with the unique financing, corporate governance and risk management considerations of early-stage businesses. Sound legal advice and building a close working relationship with legal counsel...
Gal Smolar speaks at World Angel Investor Summit
Gal Smolar speaks on a panel at the World Angel Investor Summit on the topic of “Structuring Venture Funds to Support Angels: Understanding the different models and structures for Angel Funds and Angel Side-Car Funds” Gal will be one of...
James Swanson to speak at the Entrepreneurial Development Conference & Expo
Jim Swanson speaks on the panel entitled BDC Presents: Money Talks Part II: Planning for a Successful Business Transaction on March 3 & 4, 2018 in Calgary. He will be discussing mergers and acquisitions, including corporate structure, legal documentation, due...
David Schnurr presents a seminar on Intellectual Property Considerations for Entrepreneurs
David Schnurr presents a seminar entitled “So You Want To Build A Startup? Intellectual Property Considerations For Entrepreneurs” at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Here David will discuss the important role intellectual property plays...
David Schnurr presents a Patent & Trademark and Start-up Strategy seminar
David Schnurr presents a Patent & Trademark and Start-up Strategy seminar at the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo.
“Market Close” Cocktail – Artificial Intelligence
Next Miller Thomson’s “Market Close” Cocktail will be on artificial intelligence. Join us for an informal discussion on the latest developments in the Canadian market regarding the emergence and increased prominence of artificial intelligence and the rapidly evolving commercial and regulatory...
Calgary’s Disruptor, Unicorn or Castle in the Air Half Day Seminar
James Swanson, Kevin Plowman and Kenneth Phillips host a complimentary and interactive half day seminar on Wednesday, October 25, including an opportunity to share your venture as a case study as they focus on: New business models Legal structures All important IP...
Edmonton’s Disruptor, Unicorn or Castle in the Air Half Day Seminar
James Swanson, Wayne Logan and Bruce Geiger host a complimentary and interactive half day seminar on Tuesday, October 31, including an opportunity to share your venture as a case study as they focus on: New business models Legal structures All...
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