Joel is a senior associate at leading global business law firm, DLA Piper, who specialises in all aspects of fundraising law and M&A transactions for technology companies and investors. He acts for clients across the full lifecycle of technology companies, including start-ups, emerging growth companies preparing for IPOs, accelerators and incubators, entrepreneurs, ASX-listed companies, multi-national companies and VCs. Joel is particularly interested in assisting early stage companies with what lies ahead as they develop (which he knows from his work with listed and multi-national companies) and with helping entrepreneurs and corporates seeking to invest and acquire early stage companies.
If you’re a technology company planning to expand globally, here are some tips on what to think about from a legal perspective early on.
We regularly read or get told stories of how start-up and emerging growth technology companies have found it difficult to deal with their lawyers. We hear how lawyers are un-commercial, hard to understand, just lining their own pockets or treating them as though they were a Fortune 500 company and charging accordingly.
With more start-ups coming to market quicker in Australia and many emerging growth tech companies flourishing, one of the big challenges for our technology entrepreneurs is to increase the conversion of local companies that close a VC Series A funding round.