Practice Areas

We think of ourselves as lawyer-entrepreneurs: We leverage our unique network to tackle large projects while remaining agile and creative at our core. Like any good law firm, our livelihood depends on the success of our clients. Unlike other firms, social impact is at the heart of what we do.

Family Offices

Many high net-worth families are choosing to align their investment activity with their values. This bold decision establishes a solutions-minded tradition that will shape their families – and possibly our society – for generations to come.

Our family office clients steward investable assets worth over $1 billion in the aggregate. Based in Europe, Asia and North America, they trust us to show them what’s possible – and answer their toughest questions. Let us help you source, vet, negotiate and monitor investment deals around the world that balance your financial goals with your family’s vision for a better future.

Representative Transactions:

  • On an ongoing basis, assist US families with their domestic and overseas investments.
  • Advised a Hong Kong-based family with respect to an investment into a British Virgin Islands entity, with operating subsidiaries in Bhutan and China.
  • Assisted a European family with an investment into a US entity with an operating subsidiary in India.

Specific ways we can support your family office:

Corporate Structuring
Direct Investments

Funds

We stand now in a watershed moment: the work of today’s impact funds will dictate the success and stability of this ground-breaking market segment tomorrow. With so much at stake, it is essential to have counsel that is 100% on board with your vision and in step with your team.

We represent impact funds in Sub-Saharan Africa, India and North America with committed capital that exceeds $200 million in the aggregate. We understand that impact investments cross industries, push the envelope, and balance priorities. They put real lives, assets and ideals on the line. Work with us and you’ll get more than just decades of experience – you’ll get a partner who is equally committed to supporting sustainable development and building a social enterprise ecosystem.

Representative Transactions:

  • On an ongoing basis, assist US-based funds with their domestic and overseas investments.
  • Oversaw the formation of a fund in Mauritius with a Kenyan sub-advisor.
  • Assisted an Indian-based fund with US investor closings, including US federal and state securities compliance.

Specific ways we can support your fund:

Fund Formation
Financing Transactions

Companies

We understand the legal needs of companies that disrupt industries, expand markets, and operate across borders. Need to raise money in the US? Protect some IP in China? Expand into India? We can help. Every day, we work with companies that pursue a core social mission. Purpose driven enterprise? We promise that your passion and innovation won’t scare us.

As the first law firm in Colorado to become a certified B Corporation, we count many in the B Corp community as our clients and friends. In fact, our lawyers helped draft the benefit corporation legislation for Colorado. We advise dozens of companies on baking their social mission into their governance structure, their financing, and their exit strategies. And, on July 1, 2017, we reorganized our corporate structure to be a Public Benefit Cooperative, ensuring our values are officially a part of our business DNA.

Representative Transactions:

  • Facilitated friends and family, Series A and Series B financings for Kopo Kopo, an East African mobile payments startup.
  • Assisted with formation of a Delaware C corporation for a social impact news aggregator, qualifying it to do business in Colorado.
  • Assessed portfolio and developed overall patent registration strategy for a solar technology startup.
  • Facilitated completion of key manufacturing agreements in China and South Korea for client in the hardware space.
  • Provided guidance for an international payment processing provider relating to storage, security and access to customer financial records.
  • Guided a women’s self-defense and personal safety venture through its acquisition.

Specific ways we can support your company:

Corporate Finance
Corporate Structuring
Social Enterprise, B Corps and Hybrid Structures
Commercial Transactions
Employment & Compensation
Data Management and Privacy Compliance
Acquisitions

Nonprofits

The nonprofit sector has embarked on a new era of possibility. Nonprofits now, in addition to building a donor base, are exploring more business-like strategies for generating funds, while solving a problem, meeting a need, or creating jobs. New questions arise with these venture-based activities: How to navigate a government contract? Establish a subsidiary or a joint venture? Remain tax and status compliant?

Addressing the legal issues in the progress towards one’s mission depends on the trust, competency, and confidence embodied by all players – including your lawyers. We know the value of honesty and responsiveness. We do not like to see a creative solution bogged down by potential risks, fear of the unknown, being overcharged or under-informed.

Have a question? Reach out to us.

Representative Transactions:

  • Provide opinion letters on the structure and purpose of program related investments.
  • Incorporate and pursue tax-exempt status for new nonprofits engaged in global programs for challenged communities assisting in moving from crisis relief to stabilized resources.
  • Provide legal review of nonprofit and for-profit related entity structures dedicated to mission purposed investments.

Specific ways we can support your nonprofit or social enterprise:

Corporate Structuring and Tax-Exempt Status
Hybrid Structures
Executive Contracts

Associated Attorneys

Immigration

Since biblical times and beyond humans have always migrated, and it’s always been challenging. Today more people are displaced than ever before ­– 65 million – and although recent events and surges and news stories want us to view migrants as a threat, challenges to our culture and identity, we choose to instead recognize that it’s more about us, and fear, than it is about them.

Face it – people migrate for one of three reasons: refuge, opportunity, or love. It isn’t anyone’s goal to change their new home, or really to do anyone harm. We’re not experiencing an invasion today with immigrants – it’s a humanitarian crisis. Those 65 million people have to go somewhere, so instead of hiding in the dark in fear why not take a leap of faith? We do. We’ve made it our life’s work to enable individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to maximize their potential in the United States. And loving thy [new] neighbor? That’s just a bonus.

Our newest team of network partners advise on a wide range of immigration matters, including employment and family based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, adjustment to permanent resident status, consular processing, waiver applications, naturalization, temporary protected status (TPS) and political asylum.

Representative Work:

  • Refuge: Esther and her family fled political persecution in Haiti about ten years ago. She had to learn English, work her way through school, and now she’s an award-winning nurse.
  • Opportunity: Ahmed came from Iraq on a fellowship to do research at Johns Hopkins University, and now he’s a globally recognized cancer research doctor.
  • Love: Marisol came from Mexico to join her husband. She started a business, they started a family, she pays taxes, and they saved up enough money to buy their own home.

Specific ways we can support our clients’ immigration needs:

Business Immigration
Family-Based Immigration
Citizenship & Naturalization
General Immigration
Humanitarian Relief
Immigration Court

Associated Attorneys

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