Emerging Companies

From Big Ideas to Disruptive Technologies

Turning a novel idea into a successful business—especially one that disrupts established industries and global markets—isn’t easy.

But it’s what we help clients do—every day.

With little more than a promising idea and the passion of their founders, our clients turn to us to help them grow into successful, mature companies. No two clients are alike, and no two clients have the same needs.

If you join our emerging companies practice, prepare to wear a lot of hats: coach, cheerleader, advisor, matchmaker, outside general counsel—and a lot more. You’re not in maintenance mode working with an assistant deep in a company hierarchy; you’re in the boardroom partnering with the CEO to change an entire industry. 

We represent more VC-backed start-ups and scale-ups than any other U.S. law firm, and we consistently rank No. 1 for the number of venture capital deals handled each year. In fact, our team has helped more than 100,000 private companies on their journey from idea to incorporation, scale up, and maturity or, in many cases, an exit. 

That should give you an idea of the scale and scope of our work. But what do we do every day?

Being part of our emerging companies practice means you manage the relationship and manage client needs, handling matters directly or, where appropriate, bringing in attorneys from across the firm to assist with specific issues.

These relationships often start with corporate work, such as advising on company formation, equity structures, financings, IP rights, and other issues. As clients grow, we often provide regulatory and litigation work, market expansion, IP litigation, dispute resolution, and a sale of the business or public offering, among others. 

Our emerging companies team is always looking for new talent and team members who want to roll up their sleeves and be part of this exciting and challenging area of legal practice.

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Join Our Emerging Companies Team

Office:
New York
San Francisco
Practice:
Emerging Companies

Join Wilson Sonsini’s ECVC practice focusing on the investors who support emerging growth businesses! You will lead financing transactions and interact directly with our investor-side clients. We are looking for a senior candidate with a demonstrated interest in these growth industries who has at least 6 years of ECVC experience focused primarily on investor-side work.

As part of this investor-side “SWAT team,” you will foster relationships with institutional investors funding private technology and life sciences companies. From seed funds to the Sand Hill Road giants to pension plans and sovereign wealth funds, your work will focus on the financing of high growth businesses at all stages of their development. As part of these transactions, you will work on Preferred Stock financings with both seed-stage start-ups and pre-IPO unicorns—often on the same day.

Clients in this practice group represent a diverse range of industries, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, autonomous vehicles, digital health and wellness, life sciences, electronic gaming, and fintech, among other emerging and disruptive technologies.

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