Success in the highly competitive technology industry requires vision, commitment, and perseverance. Companies and their leaders must understand risk and evaluate options without sacrificing innovation and agility. Most of all, they need clear and experienced legal and business guidance to inform their decisions and strategies.

That's why an increasing number of information technology companies – from start-ups to established and sophisticated multinational software developers, cloud implementors, cybersecurity entities, e-commerce companies – turn to Stahl Cowen to navigate the complexities of doing business in an evolving and increasingly challenging regulatory environment.

We help technology entrepreneurs to turn ideas into objectives and business plans into new companies positioned to grow. We guide them on initial business organization and on negotiating and executing operating, vendor, and employment agreements. We advise startups and mature companies alike on protecting innovations and intellectual property, securing funding and investments, hiring employees and contractors, licensing products, and more. We assist them on compliance with import and export rules, like the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

For example, we helped an international hardware provider structure and execute a three-year, $20 million Cisco-implementation project, drafting the Master Service Agreement (MSA) and all associated Statements Of Work (SOWs). We led another client through the acquisition of real estate and build-out of space to house its hardware implementation joint venture. For yet another tech client, we led an in-depth review of the company's independent contractor policies and procedures and redrafted its independent contractor agreements.

And we regularly guide technology companies seeking to acquire companies and dispose of divisions and product lines, like the software implementation company for which we reorganized then sold its hardware segment. We have handled in recent years more than $200 million of tech acquisitions for our clients.