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Answering Common Legal Questions When Starting Your Startup

ACE Portal’s General Counsel, Jason Behrens, discusses with Evan Bienstock, a Partner with Mintz Levin, the various  business and legal choices facing a startup as it incorporates and starts its business journey. This is a highly informative, entertaining, and practical interview for anyone in the early stages of forming a company.




Specific topics that Evan covers include:

  1. How do I choose between organizing my business as an LLC and C-Corp? What are the Pros/Cons of each?
  2. At what point in the startup process do I hire legal counsel?
  3. What are the considerations in setting up your company board? How can founders maximize control of the company?
  4. What are the equity considerations for founders? Are they typically subject to vesting?

About Evan Bienstock: Evan’s practice involves all aspects of corporate and securities law for emerging growth, early stage and start-up companies in the digital media, energy and clean technology, sustainability and life sciences industries. He routinely advises clients on their growth and development and participates in a diverse array of transactions, from private placements of securities to mergers and acquisitions. He also counsels his clients on their daily corporate needs and has extensive experience assisting companies with compliance to federal and state securities laws.

About Mintz Levin:

As an emerging growth company or entrepreneur, you’ve got an impressive new idea—an innovation that will improve lives, or help businesses work smarter.  You’re ready to line up investors, launch R&D, and protect your inventions…and you need sound answers to about a million questions.  We’ve been there, and we want to help. Mintz Levin is a law firm which has a long track record—and an absolute passion—for helping entrepreneurs launch and grow businesses.  We’ve worked for decades with early-stage companies in technology, biotechnology, energy and clean technology, and many other sectors, and there’s truly nothing we’d like more than to be part of your success.  Strategically located to meet the needs of  its startup clients, entrepreneurs, and investors, alike,  Mintz Levin is a firm of over 450 attorneys with seven domestic office locations (New York, Boston, Washington, DC, Stamford, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco), as well as an office in London and an affiliate relationship in Israel.  Visit us at www.mintz.com.

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