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Venture Capital and Emerging Companies


In the dynamic and complex startup ecosystem, Varnum is a constant force, acting as counsel to both investors and entrepreneurs across all of their legal and business needs. Whether raising or deploying capital, transforming a new idea to a disruptive business, or ensuring that legal and business needs are working in harmony, investors and inventors turn to Varnum’s team of more than a dozen lawyers to help achieve their business goals.

Drawing on our long track record, we have a deep network of both investors and entrepreneurs that we leverage to connect capital with groundbreaking ideas. Further, due to the volume and variety of transactions that we advise on, our team provides clients with up-to-the-minute intelligence on market terms and trends that we put to work on their behalf.

The specific services that we provide to angel investors, venture capital funds and other vehicles, include:

  • Fund formation and management
  • Lead investor support
  • Target company due diligence
  • Investor-side financing negotiation and execution
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Our work on behalf of startups and emerging companies encompasses every stage of their development, from entity formation to exit. We understand that startups face unique legal challenges as they grow, which is why our team provides innovative yet pragmatic business-oriented solutions. Our experienced lawyers provide quality, efficient and practical advice that helps guide entrepreneurs so they can reach their goals. Some of the areas in which we can assist include:

  • Creationentity selection, formation, founders stock, conversion, merger
  • Protectionintellectual property, commercial agreements, licensing, nondisclosure
  • Employmentcompensation, stock options, vesting, option pools, incentive alignment, benefits
  • Financingangel, seed, series A/B/C, venture, debt, government regulations
  • Exitstrategic acquisition, IPO


We understand that startups and emerging companies are often operating on a tight budget and prefer to spend the limited amount of capital they have on growing their companies, not legal fees. Through our MiSpringboard program, we provide a minimum of $2,500 in free legal services to qualified startups and emerging companies. We can tailor this program to the needs of each entrepreneur and his or her company. We also offer reduced legal fees for much of the early-stage startup work we provide.

Full-Service Law Firm

As a full-service law firm, we can assist our clients in nearly every area of legal need, including labor and employment relations, immigration, tax and securities law. 

For more information, please contact either your Varnum attorney, Matt Bower at 313/481-7327 or or Zach Meyer at 616/336-6586 or

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