Starting a new business in New Zealand represents exciting opportunities. As your business grows, it helps to know:

  • how and where to source capital; and
  • what business structure will work best for you.

Having originated as a startup ourselves, LegalVision is well-positioned to help you achieve your business goals.

Raising Capital

As a startup founder, raising capital can be a significant hurdle. You want to take your idea to the market, but you need funds to do so. Gaining adequate funds from an appropriate source is fundamental to your journey. LegalVision’s experienced capital raising team can help you:

  • draft and review term sheets, subscription and shareholder agreements;
  • provide advice on capital raising and corporate governance;
  • set up a cap table; and
  • negotiate with investors.   

Business Structure

One of your most important decisions when establishing your startup is choosing the right business structure. It affects how your business operates, and ease of gaining finance.

LegalVision’s startup team can help you with:

  • advice on structuring both your business and personal shareholding;
  • share vesting
  • reviewing and drafting shareholders agreements;
  • setting up company structures; and
  • establishing a family or discretionary trusts.

LegalVision’s experienced startup team can also assist you with setting up an employee share scheme, to help attract, incentivise and retain staff. 

We have provided advice to thousands of startup businesses and have played a key role in their financing and structuring. Call us today on 0800 005 570 and let us help you achieve your startup dreams.

Our Services

Capital Raising

Our team have assisted hundreds of startups raise capital, from Family and Friends Round through to Series C and beyond. We can draft and review term sheets and shareholders agreements as well as help set up your cap table and employee share scheme.

Startup Structuring

Choosing the right business structure for your startup is crucial to your success. We can assist with choosing the right structure, draft and review your documents and establish a holding company or discretionary trust if needed. We can also advise on share vesting and option plans.

Employee Share Schemes

If you are looking to attract, incentivise and retain staff, we can help you implement an employee share scheme (ESS) or employee share option plan (ESOP). We can also help determine appropriate vesting criteria and market value.

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Our Awards

  • 2019 Top 25 Startups - LinkedIn
  • 2020 Innovation Award 2020 Excellence in Technology & Innovation Finalist – Australasian Law Awards
  • 2020 Employer of Choice Award 2020 Employer of Choice Winner – Australasian Lawyer
  • 2020 Financial Times Award 2021 Fastest Growing Law Firm - Financial Times APAC 500
  • 2021 Law Firm of the Year Award 2021 Law Firm of the Year - Australasian Law Awards
  • 2022 Law Firm of the Year Winner 2022 Law Firm of the Year - Australasian Law Awards