Fourscore services include: angel and venture financing, startup counseling, business formation, mergers and acquisitions, general counsel for businesses, intellectual property, employment/consulting relationships and real estate development.
Raising and Investing Money (Angel Investment and Venture Financing)
Raising money isn’t easy, and Fourscore can help with our extensive experience in early stage investments involving the sale and purchase of preferred stock, convertible promissory notes, SAFEs, and other convertible securities. Knowing these transactions inside and out allows us to represent you (whether you are raising money or investing) with the utmost efficiency and flexibility, even offering flat fee pricing on most deals.
Getting Started (Startup Counseling and Business Formation)
Fourscore lawyers have formed alot of companies over the past decade. We regularly advise startup clients, helping them navigate through the decision-making process of what business entity type to choose and which state’s law to use. We help founders think through the issues that arise when starting a new business and those that come with adding partners to an existing venture. As one of the few firms in the Triangle to have a Delaware licensed lawyer on staff, we are comfortably able to advise our clients on using Delaware law for their new ventures when appropriate.
Buying and Selling Businesses (Mergers & Acquisitions)
We represent clients who are merging with strategic partners, setting up joint ventures, buying existing businesses, and selling businesses for cash, stock or a combination. Fourscore lawyers are regularly involved in advising clients through stock sales and asset sales. We walk alongside you through the entire process of buying or selling a business. We will work with your tax advisor to help structure the deal, handle and organize due diligence and corporate cleanup, and draft the transaction documents, always keeping the fourscore principles at the forefront.
Outside General Counsel (Contract Negotiation, Drafting and Review)
Like most businesses, Fourscore clients find themselves in a variety of circumstances on any given day. Fourscore lawyers provide general counsel services to businesses in a wide range of industries and sizes, which allows us to draw on diverse experience to advise our business clients in the best possible way. We regularly guide clients through investor relations questions, intellectual property matters, license agreements, commercial contracts issues, hiring and firing, real estate leases and other situations that prove reality is stranger than fiction. In most cases we handle matters in house. When necessary we bring in trusted partners to answer questions and, in all cases, Fourscore completely owns the issue for you so you can get back to business.
Preemptive protection. If it’s worth doing at all, then you aren’t the only one who will think so. Be certain you own and retain the intellectual property you create and pay others to create. Whether it is time to in-license intellectual property to bolster your business or your strategy is to out-license what your company has invented, Fourscore will make sure your license deal is documented accurately with all the protection you need.
Team Building (Employment and Consultant Relationships)
No one can do it alone so you will, at some point, need to build a team of competent people to help row the boat. You’ll also need people to repair it, add to it and build an engine of some sort. Progress requires many hands and we can help you get the right people on the boat. Whether that means hiring full-time employees or bringing in experienced individuals or organizations as independent contractors, Fourscore lawyers have the experience to handle agreements, equity compensation, intellectual property ownership issues and other matters that arise when building a team.
Real Estate Development
Fourscore represents multiple developers and investors in real estate development projects in and around Raleigh and Durham. Although similar in some respects to angel and venture financing deals, real estate development projects carry their own set of nuanced issues. Whether you are a developer or an investor, Fourscore can help you identify and handle those issues.
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