Our Venture Capital & Emerging Company Services group works with entrepreneurs, start-ups and technology companies through all stages of their business life-cycle, from creation to exit, providing initial structuring advice, ongoing operational advice and transactional services that grow and protect our clients’ technology and businesses.

Work Highlights

BC-based legal case management software company

  • US$6 million Series B venture capital financing

Life sciences companies

  • Various private placement financings (convertible debt and equity)
  • Licensing transactions

Personalized magazine ipad app provider

  • Acquisition by major media company
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For many start-up and technology companies, raising capital can be the most difficult challenge. Our comprehensive experience representing private companies seeking to structure and raise venture capital allows us to devise creative corporate financing solutions. Further, our rich history in the financing market and our deep industry connections, both locally and abroad, provide our clients with access to a variety of sources of funding that sustain and grow their business in the global market.

Services
  • Corporate structuring and cross-border M&A transactions
  • Initial public offerings, reverse take-overs and stock exchange listings
  • Equity and debt financing transactions
  • Buyouts, acquisitions, investments, divestitures and other monetization events
  • Purchases and sales of assets, technology and businesses
  • Intellectual property strategies, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret protection
  • Corporate governance and employment matters
  • Designing compensation structures and equity incentive plans
  • Commercial agreements in various sectors including health care, life sciences, clean tech, payment processing, financial services, cloud computing, IT outsourcing, digital media, social media, software gaming, SaaS, wireless and telecom

Our team has significant expertise and experience helping private and public companies raise equity and debt capital. Members of our group are qualified to practice law in several jurisdictions and on federal matters across the United States. We regularly assist clients in the negotiation, structuring and implementation of cross-border investments, and we work extensively with all types of business entities and transaction structures.

Chair
Virgil Hlus vhlus@cwilson.com 604 891 7707
BC-based legal case management software company
  • US$6 million Series B venture capital financing
Life sciences companies
  • Various private placement financings (convertible debt and equity)
  • Licensing transactions
Personalized magazine ipad app provider
  • Acquisition by major media company
Cloud computing software provider
  • Acquisition by US based software company
Location-based software game provider
  • Acquisition by major video game company
Private company
  • Acquisition of software-based analytical and visualization tool set for social networks
Private web-based 3D communications provider
  • Convertible debt transaction by a major BC based venture fund and Series A preferred share financing
Transaction delivery network provider
  • US$15 million Series B financing
  • Acquisition by electronic commerce and payment services company
Financial services transaction processing software provider
  • Acquisition by a computer services company
3D stereoscopic conversion company
  • $28 million reverse take-over, public listing and brokered private placement
  • Joint venture with international film and media company and acquisition of 3D patents
  • $18 million sale and licensing of 3D conversion technology assets to Prime Focus Limited
Software company
  • Cross-border acquisition by way of exchangeable share plan of arrangement and by reorganization and assumption of debt
Private BC-based social gaming company
  • Acquisition of 3D video game technology
Various private BC-based technology companies
  • Series A and Series B preferred shares private placements by a syndicate of venture capital and private equity firms with values ranging from $3-20 million
Public film and media company
  • Acquisition of a controlling interest in an online film distribution company
A growing number of BC- and Alberta-based virtual reality companies
  • Corporate structuring
  • Private placement financings (convertible debt and equity)
  • Licensing