Cozen O’Connor: Emerging Business & Venture Capital

Emerging Business & Venture Capital

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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 in this arena from day one. 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.



SEC Issues Guidance on Initial Coin Offerings [Securities Alert]

July 28, 2017

The report stems from an SEC inquiry of a “virtual” organization known as “The DAO” and looked into whether The DAO and associated entities and individuals violated federal securities laws with unregistered offers and sales of DAO Tokens in exchange for ether.

Crowdfunding: SEC Publishes C&DIs and Small Entity Issuer Compliance Guide [Corporate/Securities Alert]

May 17, 2016

Ellen Canan Grady and Richard J. Busis discuss the SEC's Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (C&DIs), which provide interpretive guidance on Regulation Crowdfunding.

SEC Adopts “Regulation Crowdfunding” [Corporate/Securities Alert]

November 09, 2015

“Regulation Crowdfunding,” which was approved by a three to one vote of the Commissioners, sets forth rules under which small businesses and startups can raise equity or debt in a crowdfunded securities offering conducted through a funding portal using the Internet.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Cocktails and Capital

May 04, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

IMPACT 2015 Capital Conference

November 03, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

DELVACCA 6th Annual In-House Counsel Conference

April 03, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA

Big Thinking: The Moment for Entrepreneurship is Now

April 28, 2010 - Philadelphia, PA

In The News

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.

2018 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranks Cozen O’Connor

February 01, 2018

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

May 03, 2017

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.

Cozen O'Connor ranked in 2017 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

November 23, 2016

Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Dreamit Ventures Accepting Applications for Fall 2016 Health and Education Program Through July 6

June 21, 2016

Cozen O’Connor’s strategic partner, Dreamit, is accepting applications for its health tech and education tech accelerator programs.

Cozen O’Connor Announces Strategic Partnership with Dreamit

April 25, 2016

Launches New “COpilot” Website Designed to Address Emerging Businesses’ Needs

Cozen O’Connor Partners with Dreamit to Provide Startups with Legal Guidance; Launches Website as Resource for Emerging Company Community

April 25, 2016

Cozen O'Connor partners with Dreamit to provide legal services to a group of health-tech startup companies.

Shark Tank-Style Competition and More to Watch for at the IMPACT Conference

October 30, 2015

Michael J. Heller and Ira C. Gubernick are quoted in Philadelphia Magazines - BizPhilly discussing the upcoming IMPACT 2015 Capital Conference and the Philadelphia entrepreneurial community.