On episode 1, “𝐁𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐧 𝐈𝐝𝐞𝐚: 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐩 & 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧”, we speak to Jeff Laretto, a partner at Cooley LLP’s New York City office, about the Emerging Companies & Venture Capital (ECVC) practice area, how it differs from other corporate practice areas like Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Capital Markets, and what makes successful ECVC lawyers.
Jeff also discusses what startup founders should consider at the founding stage, and how ECVC lawyers help founders avoid the biggest mistakes that tend to be made.
On episode 2, “𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐝𝐞𝐚: 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐲”, we speak to Christopher Higgins, a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Washington D.C. office, about Intellectual Property (IP), including patents, trade secrets, copyrights; what types of IP considerations founders need to make as they set out to protect their ideas; and how IP lawyers help their clients navigate these issues.
On Episode 3, “𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐕𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧: 𝐑𝐚𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐂𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥”, we speak to Rebecca DeGraw of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati about raising capital at a startup’s pre-financing rounds, including its later preferred equity financing rounds, devices for raising capital like SAFEs (Simple Agreements for Future Equity), and factors for considering who to raise capital investments from
On episode 4, “𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐕𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥”, we speak to Robin Painter, a partner of Proskauer Rose LLP & Sarah Reed, general counsel of RA Capital Management, L.P., about what representing venture capital funds and their General Partners (GP) & Limited Partners (LP) is like. We also learn about the lawyers’ role in helping general and limited partners recognize and manage the risks involved with VC investments.
On episode 5, “𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬”, we speak to Sepideh Mousakhani, a partner at Cooley LLP’s Palo Alto office about the types of growing pains and challenges that founders tend to face as they build their startups from early into middle and late-stage companies. We also learn about how lawyers help their clients navigate this middle period and anticipate legal issues to come.
Sepideh also talks about her journey and transition from associate to partner, for all the law students interested in pursuing the partner track!
On episode 6, “𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐧-𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞”, we speak to Josh Beser, a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s New York office, about the General Counsel’s role. We learn about the types of legal issues that general counsels help founders navigate and how the role compares with practicing at a law firm. Listen to hear Josh share perspectives from his time at fast-growing companies like Away, Inc!
On episode 7, “𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐄𝐱𝐢𝐭𝐬: 𝐌𝐞𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐫𝐬 & 𝐀𝐜𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬”, we speak to Kevin Cooper, a partner at Cooley LLP’s New York City Office, about the mergers & acquisitions practice area, what an acquisition & sale process looks like, and the types of issues that buyers and sellers need to consider in M&A deals.
On episode 8, “𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐄𝐱𝐢𝐭𝐬: 𝐈𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 (𝐈𝐏𝐎𝐬)”, we speak to Jordan Roberts & Ran Ben-Tzur, partners at Fenwick & West. We learn about public exits, what an IPO timeline looks like, and the types of considerations that founders need to make in preparation to go public. Jordan & Ran also share about what capital markets lawyers do and how they help clients navigate this exciting process!
On, episode 9, “𝐀𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐏𝐎: 𝐀𝐝𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐋𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐲”, we speak to Milson Yu, a partner at Cooley LLP’s Palo Alto office.
We learn about the Public Companies practice area and the types of issues that companies need to adjust to after going public. Milson also shares about what it takes to make partner and discusses why diversity & representation among the partner class matters for associates considering whether to pursue the partner track.