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.

See Emerging Companies Practice on wsgr.com

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    Wilson Sonsini represented Google in its $1 billion acquisition of Waze, an Israeli social-mapping company that provided mapping route and real-time traffic information.

Did you know?

Year after year, Wilson Sonsini ranks among the most diverse law firms in the United States. For us, diversity is not just a commitment—it is integrated throughout our business, from recruiting to promotion.