We saw the trend coming years ago. That’s why within the firm we founded an Innovation Team, which focuses on emerging businesses and entrepreneurial success.  The team blends the capabilities of four key practices: Corporate, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property and Economic Development. 

The team includes some of our top lawyers, who are nationally respected in their fields.  The team has the breadth and skills necessary to help an emerging company overcome the challenges it faces and maximize its opportunities. 

Our corporate attorneys, with experience in areas such as software development, technology and communications, can assist with:

  • Business plans and business formation
  • Capitalization, including negotiating transactions with bankers, venture capitalists and private equity funds
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Restructuring
  • Compliance with securities laws and regulations
  • Contracts and other aspects of structuring a business

Our team of labor attorneys, which is one of the largest and most experienced in the Southeast, can assist with:

  • Executive compensation and employee benefits
  • Employment agreements
  • Wage and hour matters
  • Non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements
  • Employee handbooks and policies

Our intellectual property attorneys have experience across various industries and can keep clients a step ahead of the innovation curve in complex and evolving matters such as Internet law, technology transfer, licensing, patent prosecution and protection, trade secrets and IP litigation. 

Economic development is a hallmark of Maynard Nexsen . Headed by the two-time director of the South Carolina Department of Revenue and a former President of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association, our team has provided support to businesses of all sizes and in various segments of commerce.  Whether it’s negotiating incentives or coordinating legal and consulting services, our attorneys understand how to solve problems and to see projects through to completion.

We facilitate innovation

The InnoVenture conference in Greenville is a powerful demonstration of our firm’s commitment to innovation.  Back in 2004, we were one of the founding partners for this annual event, which connects emerging high tech businesses with capital, talent and technology. 

InnoVenture is a forum for innovation and game-changing ideas. The focus is on the Southeast, which has emerged as a world leader in the areas of smart communities, clean energy, advanced materials and automotive technology. 

Past InnoVenture conferences have addressed issues such as crowdfunding start ups, identifying business opportunities and implementing ideas that have impact.


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