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What You Need to Know About Advising Startup Companies from Foundation to Exit

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Produced on April 09, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Business, Corporate, & Securities

Course Description

This course, presented by experienced practitioner Gary Ross, will cover the important issues corporate attorneys should have on their radar when representing emerging companies (i.e. startups). The program will cover how to advise entrepreneurs with respect to choosing the right legal entity, documenting relationships between founders, and advising on employment law issues, startup fundraising, and successful and unsuccessful exits. Lastly, the session will discuss how to navigate common ethical issues that arise when representing startups.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Determine what to look for in order to identify the correct corporate entity for a company 

  2. Gain a basic understanding of how to navigate the required foundational documents and other documents important to early-stage companies 

  3. Examine the different types of employment law issues relevant to emerging companies   

  4. Identify how securities laws impact companies selling ownership interests 

  5. Discuss the strategies that may better a startup’s chances for a successful exit

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Gary J. Ross

Ross Law Group, PLLC

Gary J. Ross is a leading securities law practitioner in both the venture capital and the crowdfunding spaces.  Gary is the managing partner of Ross Law Group, PLLC, a securities law boutique focused on venture capital and private equity, public and private securities offerings, and general corporate matters.  He has extensive experience structuring investments (including cross-border investments) and advising as to SEC-registered and exempt capital markets transactions. His experience includes expert witness engagements in commercial litigation matters. 

Prior to founding RLG predecessor firm Jackson Ross PLLC in 2013, Gary worked in the Capital Markets and Corporate Transactions & Securities practice groups at Sidley Austin LLP and Alston & Bird LLP, respectively.  From 2009 to 2012, Gary served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he oversaw contractors and financial agents engaged by Treasury to provide asset management, advisory, and other services relating to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Gary is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School, has lectured at institutions such as the World Bank and schools such as Northwestern University School of Law, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Fordham University School of Law, Penn State Dickinson Law and The New School, teaches Continuing Legal Education programs on securities law and startup financing, and is a frequent speaker on ethics for lawyers. He has been quoted in articles in MarketWatch, Corporate Counsel, Bloomberg BusinessweekThe New York Times and the Associated Press.

In addition to his RLG and teaching duties, Gary is a consultant (Senior Legal Counsel) to the World Bank. Gary advises the World Bank as to legal issues regarding venture capital, generally involving proposed legislation or plans for VC-type projects in developing countries.

Gary is active in the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, and has participated in the drafting for several of the ABA’s comment letters to various SEC proposed rules or requests for comments, primarily relating to exempt offerings. 

Gary received his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami.


Scott B.

Nice high-level overview.

Megan H.

Excellent course with practical advice.

Robert C.

Thank you! Very Good Course!

Kai-An Y.

Two thumbs up!

Andy L.

Too basic

James E H.

Nice presentation.

Henry S. S.

Very interesting and well-presented.

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