We understand the legal needs of companies that disrupt industries, expand markets, and operate across borders. Need to raise money in the US? Protect some IP in China? Expand into India? We can help. Every day, we work with companies that pursue a core social mission. Purpose driven enterprise? We promise that your passion and innovation won’t scare us.
As the first law firm in Colorado to become a certified B Corporation, we count many in the B Corp community as our clients and friends. In fact, our lawyers helped draft the benefit corporation legislation for Colorado. We advise dozens of companies on baking their social mission into their governance structure, their financing, and their exit strategies. And, on July 1, 2017, we reorganized our corporate structure to be a Public Benefit Cooperative, ensuring our values are officially a part of our business DNA.
- Facilitated friends and family, Series A and Series B financings for Kopo Kopo, an East African mobile payments startup.
- Assisted with formation of a Delaware C corporation for a social impact news aggregator, qualifying it to do business in Colorado.
- Assessed portfolio and developed overall patent registration strategy for a solar technology startup.
- Facilitated completion of key manufacturing agreements in China and South Korea for client in the hardware space.
- Provided guidance for an international payment processing provider relating to storage, security and access to customer financial records.
- Guided a women’s self-defense and personal safety venture through its acquisition.
Specific ways we can support your company:
We provide counseling on the registration, management and enforcement of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. We work with your team to define what can and should be protected, and to implement appropriate strategies in the US and internationally. Our approach focuses not only on maximum protection, but also on getting maximum leverage from often limited budgets.
Careful handling of contract terms helps protect your intellectual property from misappropriation. We structure, draft and negotiate license agreements and other intellectual property transactions on a daily basis.
Finally, if someone does infringe upon your intellectual property, we assist in enforcing your rights.
We can help you form a corporation, but why not a benefit corporation? This relatively new legal form builds social and environmental benefit right into an entity’s corporate DNA. Benefit corporations are generally governed by the same legal rules as other for-profit corporations, with additional legal commitments relating to purpose, accountability and transparency. We help your directors identify the corporation’s public benefit purposes, report on its impact, and balance the financial interest of their shareholders with the best interests of other stakeholder groups.
Certified B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Blue Dot Advocates is the first law firm in Colorado to achieve certification as a B Corp, led by our own B Corp specialist, Seth Henry. We are happy to help guide your organization through the legal aspects of the B Corp certification process.
We can help with the full spectrum of corporate finance transactions, including initial capitalizations, “friends and family” rounds, angel investments, venture capital transactions and debt financings. We advise on structure and terms, prepare the documents, and handle any required filings with the SEC and state securities agencies.
We help you determine the appropriate legal entity and domicile for your company, and handle the necessary filings with state, federal and international authorities. We draft the governing documents for the company, including founders’ equity and documentation for initial employees and contractors.
We work with mission-driven enterprises, both for-profit and nonprofit. We help organizations choose the best legal structure to maximize accomplishment and protection of their mission, including paired for-profit and non-profit entities, or new forms such as a benefit corporation or L3C.
We view our firm as a social venture. We were the first certified B Corp law firm in Colorado, and we spend much of our time thinking about how to facilitate the deployment of capital for positive impact. So, we understand social enterprises and their unique legal needs.
We can help structure a financing round that will strengthen rather than undermine your social mission. We can advise on whether an L3C would be a good fit for your business model. Organizing a benefit corporation? We can help your board understand how their fiduciary duties interact with the company’s public benefit purpose.
We help drive a wide variety of commercial and technology transactions, advising on both the specific terms and the structuring of successful partnerships. We develop form agreements, negotiate contracts and assist with breach of contract claims, both in the US and internationally, for both inbound agreements (development services, product acquisitions, manufacturing) and outbound.
We represent companies and executives in employment related contract matters. We prepare and provide advice on the full range of employment related contracts, such as offer letters, employment agreements, inventions agreements, consulting agreements and separation agreements. We also develop equity incentive plans for the granting of stock options, restricted stock and other forms of equity compensation.
We provide comprehensive support and advice in the area of data and privacy compliance. Our work covers compliance with US and international privacy laws in the fields of healthcare data, financial data and related customer information. We advise clients regarding internal policies, contract terms, and training and management of privacy violation reporting requirements.
We assist both sellers and buyers in acquisition transactions. We help structure, negotiate, conduct due diligence, document and close mergers, asset sales and stock transactions, including transactions with public companies.