Start-ups and Emerging Business

Turning your ideas into your future

Prince Lobel’s Start-ups and Emerging Business Practice Group provides innovative, practical counsel to help your business move from the idea phase to an LLC.  With industry-leading expertise across all business sectors, we help structure your business, locate investors, secure financing, create vendor and employee contracts, and protect your intellectual property. And if your business is already off the ground, we can help you mitigate risk and overcome business roadblocks, as well as assist with exit transactions.

We counsel start-ups and early stage businesses in vast areas, including:


Entity Formation Advice and Business Structuring

  • Choice of entity/Entity formation/ Employer Identification Number
  • Governing agreements (e.g. shareholder agreements or operating agreements)
  • Qualification to do business in other states
  • Tax issues


Key Contracts

  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Leases
  • Product development agreements


Employee Issues

  • Employment contract development and negotiation
  • Employee compensation plans
  • Stock option plans
  • Confidentiality, non-competition, non-solicitation and IP ownership/protection Agreements



  • Equity financing
  • Friends and family/Crowdfunding/Angel/Venture Capital funding
  • Private placements memorandum/subscription documents
  • Bank and other lender financing


Intellectual Property & Proprietary Rights

  • Copyright and trademark registration and protection
  • Intellectual Property and software licensing agreements
  • Intellectual Property infringement enforcement/litigation
  • Trade secret protection
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Asset/stock purchase agreements
  • Exit strategy considerations


In addition to supporting start-up and early-stage businesses, Prince Lobel actively fosters entrepreneurship by sponsoring events such as Start Up Weekend on Cape Cod and Destination Nano at UMass Lowell. Plus, we offer presentations addressing issues of concern to start-ups at the Cambridge Innovation Center and at Mass Challenge’s collaboration with INNpulsa and the government of Colombia.

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