The Emerging Companies Group at Osler is comprised of individuals who are passionate about entrepreneurship and fostering the growth of early ventures, and who are eager to share their experience and expertise with emerging companies to help maximize their development and ensure long-term success.
We have represented companies from a broad spectrum of knowledge-based industries, supporting them from incubation through their growth trajectory and advising them on the range of issues that emerging ventures face, from corporate and tax structuring, fundraising and shareholder agreements, to intellectual property strategies, and employment- and compensation-related matters – all of which require a deep understanding of the market and expert counsel.
Complex and Wide-Ranging Issues
Emerging Companies face complex and wide-ranging issues.
Our team helps emerging companies tackle these issues by providing access to our collective experience, expertise and network, as well as sources of capital, service providers, potential board members, executives, customers and suppliers. We aim to build a long-term relationship with each client’s management team and focus on providing value every step of the way.
As part of our commitment to the broader community of entrepreneurs, we helped launch and continue to support both The Next 36, a non-profit charity that helps identify and fast-track the development of Canada’s most talented young innovators, and the Creative Destruction Lab, a program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management that provides guidance from some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurial founders along with access to expert advisers and relevant workshops for university-affiliated entrepreneurs. Osler is also a founding sponsor of OneEleven, a community of data-driven entrepreneurs, and The Next Big Thing, an entrepreneur-led foundation committed to the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs. We are committed to working with our fellow sponsors at these and other ventures, such as FounderFuel, Highline, TandemLaunch and the C100, to ensure that founders with passion, vision and a plan can access the support they need to launch their venture.
Start-up Program for Emerging Companies
This special program enables our team to provide emerging companies with the highest level of responsiveness in a cost-effective manner. We draw on the full spectrum of Osler services – from IP and labour/employment to tax, litigation, regulatory issues and beyond. Even after an emerging company has become revenue generating or completed a material financing transaction, we will provide legal services on, as much as possible, a competitive fixed-fee basis (instead of the traditional hourly rate model).
Start-up Program Essentials
- Incorporation – or taking reasonable steps to conform your company’s constating documents (articles and bylaws) to venture-backed company standards
- Preparing/updating organizational documents for your company based on venture-backed company standards
- Providing access to, and general advice relating to the use of, certain standard template documents
- Attending board meetings
- Maintaining the minute book
- Responding to general legal questions by phone or by email
Start-up Program Add-on Services
- Technology transfer (whether from the founders, a university, research institution or other third party)
- Customer-facing commercial agreements/templates
- Friends and family financing round
- IP applications (including patents and trade-marks