Venture Capital and Emerging Companies

Supporting the expansion and financing of growing businesses.

Startups and Emerging Companies

At the Forrest Firm, we combine extensive legal skills, business acumen and a pragmatic approach acquired over years advising clients to represent companies across all stages of the business life cycle – from early-stage ventures to mature enterprises. Our attorneys leverage this experience to assist firms with initial formation, equity and debt financings, issues related to growth, and exit strategies including a sale or securities offering. We value working with founders, directors and management and assisting them in carrying out their fiduciary responsibilities and achieving their business goals.

The Forrest Firm routinely represents startups, founders, and investors in angel investments and venture capital transactions, including both equity and debt issuances. Our capabilities range from  transactions of small offerings raising less than $100,000 to large, complex transactions involving multiple rounds aimed at raising millions of dollars in investment capital.

In the course of practicing in this area, we work with multiple investor networks and venture capital funds, seeking to make connections for our clients and investors looking to support sound businesses. The Forrest Firm proudly supports multiple startup incubators and hubs across the state of North Carolina, including American Underground (Raleigh and Durham), the Collider (Asheville), Flywheel Coworking (Winston-Salem) and the Davidson Hurt Hub (Davidson).

Because we are a boutique full service corporate law firm, as the needs of our emerging companies grow and become more multifaceted, our cross-functional team of attorneys are able to provide useful, practical counsel on any matter that may arise.  We serve as general counsel for emerging growth companies and advise them in all areas of their operations, including protection of their intellectual property, employee issues, equity-based compensation, and real estate matters.


Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds

The Forrest Firm represents venture capital and private equity funds in fund formation, capital raising and investment activities. When working with our fund clients on their portfolio company investments, we focus on all aspects of the investment process, including  performing due diligence, transaction structuring , and documenting transaction terms.  We also represent limited partners making fund investments, assisting them in review of fund agreements and legal due diligence.

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