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About EY’s Strategic Growth Markets Network

EY’s worldwide Strategic Growth Markets Network is dedicated to serving the changing needs of high-growth companies. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped many of the world’s most dynamic and ambitious companies grow into market leaders. Whether working with international mid-cap companies or early-stage venture-backed businesses, our professionals draw upon their extensive experience, insight and global resources to help your business succeed.

WilmerHale offers unparalleled legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of emerging companies. We have helped thousands of entrepreneurs successfully launch their companies; raise billions in angel, venture and strategic financing; and take their companies to sale, IPO and beyond.

We have a practical understanding of the business needs of emerging companies and, with unmatched experience and a library of model documents, we can meet the legal needs of emerging companies cost-effectively, while also offering our nationally renowned experience in the areas most important to a company’s success. WilmerHale’s team-oriented approach to service gives clients the flexibility to call on a number of experts, and enables us to cost-effectively provide clients with the highest levels of responsiveness and access to lawyers with the most appropriate experience.

We review business plans, work with founders to identify the businesses' key strengths and weaknesses before approaching financing sources; license core technology; develop strategies to obtain funding and negotiate venture capital term sheets for initial and later-stage financings; prepare and implement employment, confidentiality and noncompetition agreements; design equity incentive plans; and achieve liquidity. We also attend client board meetings and offer strategic advice and counseling, as well as guidance on forming and running an effective board of directors.

We are dedicated to representing technology, life sciences and clean technology companies in their formation, early stages of growth and beyond. In addition to our corporate experience, our emerging company clients also benefit from the advice of our attorneys concentrating in many of our other specialized practices including, among others, intellectual property, labor and employment, environmental, litigation and real estate law, who have worked extensively with start-up companies.