Continuing Legal Education

TELESEMINAR: Early Stage Capital for Growing Businesses: Venture Capital and Angel Investing, Part 1 – A National Perspective

August 26, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
1.00 MCLE hours


Rapidly growing companies often raise capital in “angel” or venture capital transactions.  Investors provide capital for growth in exchange for carefully structured equity rights and frequently some form of governance rights. These investors also often provide the company with industry expertise, contacts and access that may be as valuable as financial capital. These funding transactions can take a startup or more mature company to new and greater levels of growth. But they are complex transactions that can involve a dozen or more interrelated documents. This program will provide you with a real-world guide to the stages of an angel or venture capital transaction, review common documents involved in a transaction, cover the most highly negotiated provisions of those documents, and help you spot red flags for your clients. Part 1 of 2.


  • Representing clients in “angel” and venture capital transactions
  • Current state of angel and venture capital markets & trends in deal terms
  • Review of the suite of documents involved in most funding deals
  • Understanding the methods of valuation and their impact on successive stages of investment
  • Reviewing or drafting terms sheets – pitfalls and opportunities
  • Angel investing – equity v. debt, common terms, impact on later venture capital funding


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Program Speaker:
Laura Medina,
Cooley, LLP, Colorado



Laura Medina is a partner in the Broomfield, Colorado office of Cooley, LLP, where she specializes in the representing emerging growth companies, mergers and acquisitions and early and late-stage venture capital, growth equity and private equity transactions.  Her representation of emerging companies ranges from start-up incorporation and counseling to the day-to-day representation of mature companies. She also has significant experience in counseling boards of directors in connection with mergers and acquisitions and related governance matters. Ms. Medina received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.