SAFE: Should’ve Asked For an Explanation
An explanation of the mechanics and shortcomings of the most popular instrument for investing in startups, plus our solution.
We will serve as your guide in navigating the US startup landscape, from incorporation to exit.
This ultimate guide covers a wide range of legal intricacies that every startup founder needs to know before starting a business in the U.S.: from incorporation to stock issuance, intellectual property protection to employee stock option plans, fundraising to taxes – you name it, we’ve got it covered.
The two most common reasons to form a company in the U.S. are to fundraise with U.S. investors and to accept payments from U.S. clients (such as via Stripe). It is much harder to do these things with a non-U.S. company. We help you set up a C-Corp or LLC with ongoing legal support tailored to your needs
Whether you are fundraising with angel investors or professional VCs, we will guide you through negotiations and draft the required documents
We help you follow the required procedures for board and shareholders’ meetings and written consents and assist with state filings and disclosures
Document your arrangements with the team and advisors, including ESOPs, FASTs, NDAs, carve-out plans, and internal policies
A set of documents required to set up the ESOP and issue options to employees
A mutual NDA to protect the confidentiality of proprietary information
A generic agreement for an independent contractor’s services
An agreement for founders, employees, and advisors to transfer IP rights to the company
Make company decisions without calling board and shareholder meetings
Raise funds from individual investors through a loan convertible into equity
Raise funds via SAFE from investors located outside the U.S.
Binding agreements between your company and the users of its website or mobile app
File a U.S. trademark application all by yourself