Demystifying legal aspects for startups: the role that law firms play in a startup journey

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BPEP - Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Program
Demystifying legal aspects for startups: the role that law firms play in a startup journey
Speaker: Joe Wyatt, WilmerHale

Attend this workshop to understand why a startup needs a law firm from incorporation to exit and everything in between. Joe Wyatt, a Partner at WilmerHale will walk through the stages of a startup and the role a startup law firm plays during the journey.

It is very important for aspiring entrepreneurs to understand the importance and costs associated with one of the most important partners in a startup journey- a trusted law firm. It is often a black box and the bills can be scary for grad students and postdocs (launching startups) who never dealt with law firms. Very often, law firms get a bad rep for the high costs, but most really don't understand why (and also how many startups fail and the bills they have to write off). Understanding legal costs will also help founders with engaging with the right firm, seeking input on various topics from incorporation to planning exits.

Joe Wyatt is a corporate lawyer who represents entrepreneurs and startup companies in complex business transactions throughout their lifecycle. For more than 20 years, he has advised startup, high growth and public company clients as well as investors in a variety of transactions. His clients span all technology and biotech sectors—including AI, internet, mobile, e-commerce, social, FinTech, software, consumer, pharmaceutical and medical devices.
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