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The entrepreneurial spirit is thriving in Louisiana, a state where small businesses account for over 50 percent of workers and approximately 99 percent of employers.  We understand that legal concerns may be relegated to the back-burner for a busy business owner leading an emerging company.  However, starting off and staying on the right legal footing is critical for long-term growth and success.

Stone Pigman works with entrepreneurs, startups, and other emerging companies to lay this foundation for growth and success.  We also represent investors looking to provide growth financing to early-stage companies.  Our unique combination of legal knowledge as well as business and financial experience enables our lawyers to guide clients through legal issues that arise at every stage of a company's life cycle.  We take the time to learn about our clients’ companies so that we can help identify and prioritize legal issues that affect their specific business strategies.  We offer practical and thorough legal advice and services, tailored to the particular objectives and goals of each business.

At Stone Pigman, we also take things a step further.  To help grow and cultivate the entrepreneurial and business communities in Louisiana and across the Gulf South, we created the CornerStone Program to provide proactive legal services and flexible, customized pricing to select startups and entrepreneurs.  In addition to our legal experience, Stone Pigman has a strong regional presence and well-established relationships with members of the entrepreneurial support community and the region's business and financial communities, including angel investors, venture capitalists, private equity firms, financial institutions, and investment banks.

Stone Pigman's Emerging Companies Practice Group includes lawyers with a variety of backgrounds and skill sets.  Our interdisciplinary approach leverages the knowledge and experience of our team members and enables us to provide startups and emerging companies with a full range of legal services, including:

  • Entity Selection and Formation
  • Raising Capital
  • Corporate Law and Governance
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Joint Ventures and Acquisitions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Matters, Benefits, and Compensation
  • Tax and Tax Incentives
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Real Estate

Our Experience

Representative projects of Stone Pigman’s Emerging Companies Practice Group include:

  • Served as counsel to early-stage venture capital fund focused on companies developing commercially promising life sciences technologies that originate in or relocate to Louisiana.
  • Represented leading Louisiana-based venture capital platform in acquisition of Series A Preferred Stock of technology company that helps non-profit organizations increase capacity and enables enterprises that deploy billions of dollars to scale impact.
  • Counseled company engaged in the importation, distribution, marketing, and sale of wine, including its initial rounds of financing, trademark protection of brands created, and negotiation of wine supply agreement and trademark cross-licensing agreements with Chilean wine company.
  • Represented startup venture engaged in the production and distribution of cellulosic ethanol.
  • Represented private equity group as Louisiana counsel in connection with its acquisition of the largest e-commerce platform for higher-end barbeque grills, grilling accessories, and outdoor kitchen products, BBQGuys, which is headquartered in Louisiana,
  • Represented Tigeraire through convertible debt financing round involving multiple investors, including global top 50 venture capital firm. 
  • Represented Imoto, a technology company serving the real estate industry, and its sister company, Stilio, in connection with the acquisition of those companies by Urbanimmersive (a Canadian public company) for a combination of cash and stock. 
  • Represented Atlantic Natural Foods in sale of minority interest to Above Foods in transaction granting Above Foods the right to acquire all remaining equity of Atlantic Natural Foods.
  • Represented Feenx Softworks, Inc., a Baton Rouge video game publishing house, in its intellectual property matters, securing registered trademarks for company's name and logo.
  • Represent food service technology company in convertible note financing round and intellectual property matters.
  • Represented video game publishing house in intellectual property matters, securing registered trademarks for company's name and logo.
  • Represented an innovative sustainable housing company through formation and a convertible debt financing round.
  • Represented battery technology company in convertible debt financing round.
  • Represented wine making company in series seed financing round.
  • Represented cybersecurity company in convertible debt financing round.
  • Represented medical device company through formation and seed financing round.

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