Business Start-Ups & Entity Formation

JGPC lawyers are committed to providing prompt, practical advice and cost-effective solutions to help our start-up clients achieve their business goals. We have assisted thousands of business start ups over the years.

We assist business start ups with all aspects of the law, including pre-formation planning, business plan review, tax planning, choice of entity analysis, intellectual property protection, entity formation, creation of a capital structure, equipment financing and leasing, raising capital, federal and state securities compliance, executive compensation structuring, buy-sell agreements, service and purchase contracts, as well as with the creation of business forms and contracts for day-to-day business operations.

Our lawyers provide advice and services to resolve all issues faced by start-ups, including:

  • Review & analysis of business plans
  • Review & analysis of financial models
  • Introductions to sources of funding
  • Introduction to service providers
  • Franchise circular review and analysis
  • Trademark, trade name & copyright protection
  • Pre-formation IP assignment & protection
  • Patent & other IP Licensing arrangements
  • Post-formation trade secret and IP protection
  • Dealing with non-compete and trade secret protection issues
  • Assignment and protection of intellectual property
  • Choice of entity analysis
  • Incorporation versus LLC or other entity
  • State of corporation, LLC or other entity
  • Tax analysis including Subchapter S tax election
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  • Corporate and LLC administration compliance
  • Choices for capitalizing the company
  • Debt and equity options and ratios
  • Dealing with founder agreements and protections
  • Providing “cheap stock” for service providers
  • Shareholder buy-sell and related agreements
  • Creating complex share and security structures
  • Creating multiple classes of stock, warrants and options
    and convertible debt instruments
  • Compliance with federal and state security laws
  • Private offering memorandum & subscription agreements
  • Preserving Reg D and other private offering exemptions
  • Angel financing, strategic investment & venture capital financing
  • Equipment financing and joint development arrangements
  • Joint venture and strategic partner structuring
  • Executive compensation & employee compliance
  • Employee & independent contractor issues
  • Restricted stock, stock options and other equity plans
  • Enforceable non-compete documents

Our attorneys also assist with the formation of non-profit entities and federal and state tax exemption applications for non-profit entities.

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JGPC Business & Corporate Law is a business law firm providing cost-effective, quality legal services to privately held businesses, corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), general partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability partnerships (LLPs), limited partnerships (LP), trusts, business start ups, entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, executives, investors, buyers & sellers throughout the Tri-Valley and the East Bay Area, including Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek, Castro Valley, Fremont, Tracy, Modesto, Manteca, Stockton and all of Alameda County and Contra Costa County. We are here to serve all of your business and corporate law needs.