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FUNDRAISING

Managing equity.

Use Equity Based Financing to exchange shares in your company for an investment with no repayment obligations.
Confirm the best form of funding 

Avoid problems down the road
Learn about useful terms 

Avg price range

Costs largely depend on the complexity of the project, location, and other details. Speak with our experienced project managers to get an exact price based on your unique project requirements. 
 
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  • EQUITY FINANCING PROJECTS

$700 - $1,600 avg.

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The legal behind equity

Equity financing is a method of raising capital by issuing stock in your company to investors. In exchange for the investment, the shareholders receive ownership interests in the company. If you’re starting a business, and are looking for an alternative to taking out a loan, equity financing is a solid option. Stock is a type of equity that’s commonly referred to as an equity investment. When investors buys stock as an equity investment, they’re expecting its value to increase and to derive income from its dividends or the profit you make from its sale (called capital gains).

Common investors of equity include friends and family, venture capitalists, and angel investors. Equity financing is a useful way to fund your business, provided you have the right type of business. Although it can be an alternative to bootstrapping or debt financing, there’s more to it than that. Be sure to consult a qualified equity lawyer before entering into equity financing.  

The benefits

Confirm the best form of funding 

There are other attractive options for companies - such as convertible notes - and a lawyer can assess if those sources suit your business better.

Learn about useful terms 

An experienced lawyer has assisted startups with this process already and can suggest terms that have worked in the past. 

Avoid problems down the road 

By handling fundraising on your own, there’s a much greater chance of messing it up. Using an equity lawyer alleviates that concern, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy working with your equity lawyer at LawTrades. 

How it works

Evaluate.

Our legal team evaluates your business needs and designs a custom solution for your legal strategy.

Deploy.

We deploy the right legal talent to the right projects– both aligned with your company's culture and priorities.

Integrate.

We onboard your lawyers and they start contributing, supported by our senior legal staff.

Iterate.

Expand and contract work based on the fluctuating needs of your business.

How it works

Evaluate.

Our legal team evaluates your business needs and designs a custom solution for your legal strategy.

Deploy.

We deploy the right legal talent to the right projects– both aligned with your company's culture and priorities.

Integrate.

We onboard your lawyers and they start contributing, supported by our senior legal staff.

Iterate.

Expand and contract work based on the fluctuating needs of your business.

Reviews

Brett M.

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Brilliant service. Lawyer appointed was very efficient, professional and quick. The whole incorporation process was very smooth. Looking forward to working with LawTrades again.

Tamas P.

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Price. I know what I am paying instead of getting surprised. Transparent pricing I know what each bit costs instead of getting a big bill and not knowing what parts cost what and how much was for service vs hard fees such as filing fees. Also things progressed rapidly.

Chet R.

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It easy, convenient & since the funds are released after the project completion, everyone looks forward to meet deadlines.

Yash P.

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Amazing service, i cant get over texting to get a lawyer. it's revolutionary and can legitimately improve the US justice system for people with no access to quality lawyers.

Abhi S.

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LawTrades was very user-friendly. I contacted them on a Saturday afternoon and was scheduled for a phone appointment that Monday evening. My attorney, Philip H., designed a thorough Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for my website that was directly tailored to my business. The project was completed on time and to my expectations. I will definitely use this service again. Thank you very much Philip!

Anderson V.

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The response time was amazing, from the first time I entered my mobile continuing with some texts with the para. So easy, I started my process on a Saturday and had an appt for a consultation with an atty on Tuesday. I didn't have to speak with anyone to arrange the meeting and it was all managed over text. Atty has great reputation and was super responsive.

Kristen C.

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I was really nervous about finding a legal mind to review my contract, but using LawTrades was very straightforward and the staff were very attentive and helpful at each stage. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for simple legal help.

Melanie W.

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Because the most difficult part of finding a lawyer was removed from my worries. I was able to focus on my business. Scheduling and the free consultation were also valuable giving me a piece of mind knowing I get to evaluate the lawyer before moving forward with them. The project managers were proactive, and made sure to reach me through all forms of communication as needed. Finally, my lawyer was very resourceful and I will be referring back them for more business.

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Yucel, T.

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I got my questions answered. And I even learned two vey useful things which I wasnt aware of.

Andre, C.

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The process was easy and the responses and communication was thorough and prompt.

Ester, W.

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Very helpful in connecting me to the right lawyer with the right expertise. Highly recommended!

Frequently asked
questions

Do I need an equity lawyer to help my company with equity financing?
Equity financing is complex stuff. The documents used are typically filled with legal and investing terminology, making it hard for regular people to understand. Working with an experienced business lawyer will enable you to understand the financing agreements your company enters into and assure that the deal makes sense for your business.
Should my company raise funds by equity financing or convertible notes?
Both forms of fundraising have pros and cons and a skilled equity attorney is the best to gauge which route is most appropriate for your company. Equity financing allows you to raise funds without tying yourself down with the obligation to pay back a specific amount of money to investors at a specific time in the future. On the other hand, convertible notes allow you to retain control and ownership of your business, but require repayment. In terms of ease, a convertible note is certainly preferred over equity financing as it can be written in just a few pages whereas drafting an equity agreement requires due diligence, valuation assessment, SEC compliance, and negotiation.
What is a term sheet?
A term sheet is a document which outlines the general terms of a financing agreement between a business and an investor. It essentially serves as a blueprint for the final agreement between the parties, as well as a formal investment contract that documents the arrangement. The key offerings include amount raised, price per share, pre-money valuation, liquidation preference and more.
What is an angel investor? A venture capitalist?
An angel investor is typically a high net worth individual who provides an emerging company with capital, in exchange for equity (ownership) or convertible debt. On average, angel investors receive about a 15% post-seed equity position in startup companies. This percentage can be a bit higher or lower depending on the circumstances and negotiations. Venture capitalists (“VCs”) are individuals or firms that manage funds set aside to invest in new businesses. Modern VCs tend to focus on young, high-growth companies, which are usually tech startups. This type of equity investor differs from friends and family and angel investors in that they are usually only interested in high value investments.
Do I have to report equity financing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)?
Certain forms of equity financing are required to be registered with the SEC. A lawyer can help you with this potential reporting requirement.