Legal Strategy for Founders provides an understanding of concepts and legal issues related to the founding and early life of entrepreneurial ventures. While founders have a strategy for economic issues for their company, they should also have an equal understanding of its legal backbone.
This workshop addresses the key questions and experiences that challenge all founders; most startups stay ignorant of legal basics far too long and fail to see the opportunities to protect their business, as well as to enhance the business’ growth potential.
This workshop lays the basis of the type of legal challenges that are relevant for the venture; what a legal strategy is and which route should be taken; when and by whom different legal activities should be executed; and how to prioritize during conflicts between bureaucracy and business.
The workshop does not focus on material law texts, but rather on principal problems which can be avoided with knowledge and legal strategy.
During the workshop, legal challenges in a variety of industries and stages of venture development will be examined; both from the entrepreneur’s and from the investor’s standpoints.
The workshop is led by active in-house counsels.
The workshop will provide participants with practical insights on legal strategy related to entrepreneurial ventures, including:
- Understanding the legal complexity of the startup’s business (within regulated businesses, cross-border, dependency on sensitive personal information, heading for rapid IPO, what type of counterparts will be relevant and how can they be expected to act?)
- Evaluating structures of ownership, business model, policies
- Structuring deals from a legal point of view
- Legal as a strategic tool
- Distressed company and the legal implications of insolvency
- Maintaining independence or partnering
- Corporate culture – from family-owned businesses to multinational corporations and the need for corporate governance
SKILLS TO BE GAINED
After the workshop, participants will:
- Understand common problems facing new ventures
- Be able to conduct basic analysis of legal matters and structures, based on a limited liability company
- Appreciate the importance of ownership – and having an owners’ directive
- Realise the importance of good governance – CEO, Chairperson and Board
- Have learned from failed businesses’ very real mistakes
TEACHING AND LEARNING ACTIVITIES
This workshop is based on, real-life case studies, exercises, debates and learning activities. The workshop will also include guest lecturers who are active general counsels and experienced business advisors.
Selected participants will have an impact on the intent and content of the course, by submitting two to three brief but obligatory challenges/dilemmas from real-life experiences.
ELIGIBILITY & SELECTION
All students and alumni of SSES member universities are eligible to apply to this weekend workshop. We get many applications and unfortunately cannot accept everyone. The selection process is outlined below:
- Application is reviewed
- Selection is made and confirmation email is sent out
- Participant must confirm his or her seat in order to secure the spot
- If spots are not confirmed in time, the waitlist will be reviewed and new participants selected