Emerging Business & Venture Capital

COpilot provides the resources to establish your growing business. Members of our emerging company team discuss the issues that entrepreneurs face and how to work through these challenges including connecting you to the investors, guidance and information you need. From choosing an entity to protecting your company’s intellectual property, we have you covered. Visit COpilot.

Cozen O’Connor serves a diverse set of clients, including early, mid-, and late-stage venture-backed companies; angel and seed investors; venture capital and private equity funds; and other lenders and debt funds. We provide a full range of corporate services to our clients from corporate formation and financing, to mergers and acquisitions, to regulatory compliance and exit strategies.

For emerging companies, our corporate attorneys serve as critical partners at every stage in the life cycle of a growing business. Early-stage companies confront rapid and constant change at a point when their corporate structure is often still nascent. Cozen O’Connor attorneys work with emerging leaders to establish viable internal structures and support day-to-day operations. We recognize that early-stage companies have limited resources and have demonstrated willingness to invest upfront in such clients’ future growth. To mid- to late-stage companies, we offer strategic advice about how to expand and respond to the challenges of a global marketplace.

For investors, our attorneys are not simply scribes, but active participants in the conception and execution of deals. Our legal advice is based on a comprehensive understanding of each client’s unique investment model, as well as the array of investment options. We position ourselves to help identify investment opportunities, negotiate competitive terms, and provide insight into the businesses and industries that investor-clients underwrite. We pair financial savvy with knowledge of market terms and conditions. A good lawyer doesn’t just close the deal—a good lawyer helps find the right deal to close.

Cozen O’Connor is unusual in that we have been consistently advising emerging businesses and venture capital funds for more than 20 years. While other firms serving this sector have come and gone with the changing economic times, we have stayed the course. Our clients benefit directly from the depth of our experience, as well as the breadth of our networking capacity. Over the years, we have developed close professional relationships with investors, executives, lenders, collaborators, and customers. Making strategic introductions on behalf of clients is a fundamental part of the service we provide. For new and growing companies, these connections can be a critical competitive advantage.




  • Counsel clients on corporate formation and governance procedures
  • Perform strategic networking
  • Arrange equity and debt financing
  • Support access to domestic and foreign capital markets and compliance with securities laws
  • Negotiate mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and alliances
  • Provide corporate counsel on accounting, taxes, labor and employment, and employee benefits
  • Advise on IP protection and licensing and negotiate science and technology transactions


  • Structure major investment deals
  • Arrange complex financings that guard the interests of company and investor
  • Form strategic collaborations
  • Create deal flow through strategic networking and investment counsel
  • Advise on IP protection and litigation
  • Support corporate and regulatory compliance
  • Devise exit strategies from previous investments



  • Entrepreneurial, family-run, and venture-backed companies
  • Early-stage companies
  • Mid- and late-stage companies
  • Angel and seed investors
  • Venture capital and private equity funds
  • Subordinated and mezzanine debt funds
  • Secured lenders



Our emerging business and venture capital team includes Chambers USA-ranked attorneys in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and securities law. Collectively, they have a diverse range of experience, from business planning and capital-raising to initial public offerings and management buyouts. Our most seasoned attorneys have prior professional experience as entrepreneurs and in-house counsel that give them insight into the needs of clients, and they are frequently asked to speak to the media and deliver academic lectures on venture capital, entrepreneurship, and related legal topics.

In this fast-paced, hyper-competitive field, timing is everything. That is why Cozen O’Connor attorneys are responsive to clients around the clock. We understand the costs of delay and share our clients’ sense of urgency. Regardless of how complex the matter or how late the hour, when opportunities or problems arise, our attorneys are available to provide clear legal guidance.



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In The News

Cozen O’Connor Recognized as a “Best Law Firm” in 29 Practice Areas Nationwide, 121 Practice Areas Regionally

November 04, 2021

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers recognized Cozen O’Connor as a “Best Law Firm” in 29 practice areas nationwide and 121 practice areas regionally.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Cozen O’Connor Commits $150,000 in Services to Minority and Traditionally Underrepresented Entrepreneurs in Philadelphia

June 12, 2020

Led by Michael Crossey and Christopher McDemus, co-chairs of Cozen O’Connor’s Emerging Business & Venture Capital Practice, the initiative is part of the firm’s COpilot program.

Cozen O’Connor Boosts its Technology, Privacy, Data Security and Emerging Growth Practices by Adding Nine Attorneys from Philadelphia Law Boutique Baer Crossey McDemus LLC

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Andrew Baer, Michael Crossey, and Christopher McDemus will stretch the firm’s reach within the global technology, and emerging growth business communities.

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Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2019

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

NDRI Elects David M. Albert to the Board of Directors

November 12, 2018

David Albert, director of Cozen O'Connor's Strategy, Emerging Business & Venture Capital Group, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Disease Research Interchange.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Cozen O’Connor Launches Full-Service Pittsburgh Office With Three Former Leaders of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

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Cozen O’Connor has launched a full-service Pittsburgh office with three former leaders of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC: labor and employment attorney Thomas Giotto, corporate attorney Jeremy Garvey, and complex commercial and health care litigator Gene Giotto.


Michael Crossey

Co-Chair, Emerging Business & Venture Capital


(215) 665-2195

Christopher McDemus

Co-Chair, Emerging Business & Venture Capital


(215) 665-2156


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