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Deeply rooted in the St. Louis region, Polsinelli has a steadfast reputation in the legal

Deeply rooted in the St. Louis region, Polsinelli has a steadfast reputation in the legal and business communities for its sophisticated work, industry knowledge, civic leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit. An Am Law 100 firm with more than 875 attorneys in 21 offices, Polsinelli provides value to clients by combining legal counsel with astute business insight.

Polsinelli is the law firm entrepreneurs, accelerators, and investment funds turn to for innovative legal advice. As an Am Law 100 firm with more than 875 attorneys throughout the U.S., Polsinelli shares its clients’ passion for and commitment to pursuing the next great idea and aims to help clients overcome challenges they face, as they turn their innovation into viable and successful businesses.

Polsinelli attorneys regularly counsel entrepreneurs and capital investors in connection with angel, seed, and later-stage transactions involving venture capital. Working collaboratively by combining the vast knowledge bases within the firm’s Venture Capital, Corporate, Tax, and Intellectual Property practices, Polsinelli attorneys assist venture capital funds, startup organizations, and angel investors by creating investor-business relationships which are mutually beneficial and allocate risk appropriately.

Representing emerging growth companies across a variety of industries, Polsinelli’s attorneys proactively help clients identify issues that may arise and provide creative solutions, allowing clients to avoid potential hurdles. Attorneys recognize the financing issues both new and growing organizations face, as well as understand the entire gamut of challenges encountered when building the businesses in which clients invest, own, and operate. Polsinelli’s advice and guidance are tailored toward advancing its clients’ business objectives, as well as their investment goals.

  • Polsinelli’s attorneys provide counsel to investors, startups, and growth organizations, including:
  • Preparing and negotiating term sheets, as well as the definitive agreements necessary to complete a Series Preferred investment
  • Preparing private offering documents for investment into venture funds
  • Assisting with the intellectual property and technology investigation, and due diligence of the portfolio company
  • Compliance with federal and state securities laws and investment advisory laws
  • Structuring and negotiating equity incentives and other incentives for management teams and other employees
    Tax structuring
  • Patent, trademark, and intellectual property matters
  • Exit strategy preparation, negotiation, and implementation
  • Fund formation, including choice of entity, capital structure, and taxation and securities law implications, as well as the preparation of partnership and limited liability company agreements

In addition, Polsinelli is the law firm of choice for entrepreneurs and investors in the St. Louis region because of the firm’s commitment to serving the needs of the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Polsinelli has invested in virtually every startup community organization in the St. Louis area, annually providing sponsorships and pro bono services totaling more than $200,000. Attorneys are directly involved serving in leadership, mentoring and advising roles in the following organizations, among others:

  • Arch Grants
  • ITEN
  • Missouri Venture Forum
  • LaunchCode’s Geek Gala and Moonshot Awards
  • CIC + 39 North Venture Cafe
  • St. Louis Startup Week
  • Startup Connection
  • T-REX
  • RISE Women’s Collaborative Workspace
  • St. Louis Arch Angels

Polsinelli is also proud to be a founding sponsor of the St. Louis Business Journals’ annual “Startup Exit Awards”, which celebrate the region’s laterstage success in the startup ecosystem. The awards program shines a spotlight on the companies, individuals and startups leading the renaissance of innovation and creativity within the St. Louis community


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