Corporates & Government

Whether you're looking to invest in or partner with a startup, we can help you get 'Startup Ready' to enable you to engage with startups and emerging companies in a relevant, timely and cost-efficient way

Services & Pricing

Established corporate and government players are increasingly seizing the opportunity to partner with startups to harness their innovation and to ensure they are on the right side of inevitable disruption.

As the only big law firm in Australia to have built an internal team and practice specifically targeted to this market, we understand the commercial and strategic drivers of high-growth companies and recognise that investments into this sector are not about immediate returns but embarking on a journey to grow and explore opportunities.

We know that the needs of a startup differ from those of major corporates and we tailor our offering for investors to reflect the scale, complexity and speed of startup investments and partnerships.

We help corporates and government to set up the structures and practices necessary to ensure you have the best opportunity to achieve your goals, from assisting you to establish your fund or investment vehicle (including VCLPs & ESVCLPs), co-developing a proof-of-concept, or helping you to get 'startup ready'.

We also leverage our extensive network to connect you with our portfolio of leading high-growth emerging company clients and business leaders.

Access to our network

We leverage our extensive network to connect you with our portfolio of leading high-growth emerging company clients and business leaders.

We provide access to our international network through our alliance with Linklaters and we act as one firm to support ambitions to expand into overseas markets.

We also provide access to our program of client events, a seat at the table at luncheons for your sector’s most influential people, introductions with senior business leaders and policy makers, and profiling opportunities in white papers and at conferences.

Getting startup ready

We have been working with our corporate clients as well as with Stone & Chalk to assist organisations to partner effectively with startups. Speak to us about how to get Startup Ready so that you’re well positioned to procure services from, or invest in, emerging and high-growth companies appropriately and effectively

Due diligence

Although anyone thinking about investing in a startup is likely to have a reasonable appetite for risk, investors are unlikely to want to commit their money to a startup that has unnecessary legal risk – that is, risk that exposes a startup to disputes down the track, whether in relation to the ownership of the business or its assets (including core intellectual property), or the manner in which the business conducts its operations. Most investors will therefore conduct some due diligence before they commit to funding a startup. Our team can help you to conduct the necessary legal due diligence in a manner appropriate to the nature of the startup and your proposed investment.

Resources

  • Allens Accelerate: Preparing for investment
    As a startup looking to raise capital, you'll most likely spend a fair bit of time thinking about your pitch to potential investors and, if you're lucky, the terms of any investment.
  • Allens Accelerate: Get ready for the #IdeasBoom!
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled the hotly awaited National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). The Prime Minister declared the beginning of the Ideas Boom, stating that 'unlike the mining boom, this is a boom that can continue forever'. The NISA comprises more than 20 individual policies and will deliver $1.1 billion worth of measures to kick-start the Ideas Boom over the next four years. But, at first blush, the view of the Allens Accelerate team is that the measures will constitute a quantum leap for the startup landscape in Australia.
  • Fact sheet: Crowd-sourced equity funding – can you access it?
    The new Turnbull Cabinet has made clear its intention to support innovation, so that Australia can have a thriving economy. The Treasury has already done some work in this area, releasing a consultation paper on crowd-sourcing equity funding (CSEF) for startups and small business.
  • Fact sheet: Reap the benefits from your R&D investment
    Grasping tax in the early days of your business is essential – you want to ensure you are keeping everything above board, while not paying unnecessary tax or, importantly, missing opportunities to apply tax offset mechanisms to your business.
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Structuring your investments

Our services for corporates cover the lifetime of investments from the establishment of vehicles, investment of funds and following the investment through to exit.

We have extensive experience assisting clients in taking minority stakes in businesses – we have one of the leading M&A teams in Australia and we understand the unique nature of joint ventures with, and investments in, entrepreneurial and high-growth businesses.

We are also experienced in:

  • venture capital style investments;
  • the creative use of debt products as an alternative source of funding for high growth and emerging companies; and
  • the various other financing options typical of investments into emerging and/or high-growth businesses, such as R&D grant loans and receivables financing and convertible financing.

Resources

  • Allens Accelerate: Preparing for investment
    As a startup looking to raise capital, you'll most likely spend a fair bit of time thinking about your pitch to potential investors and, if you're lucky, the terms of any investment.
  • Allens Accelerate: Get ready for the #IdeasBoom!
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled the hotly awaited National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). The Prime Minister declared the beginning of the Ideas Boom, stating that 'unlike the mining boom, this is a boom that can continue forever'. The NISA comprises more than 20 individual policies and will deliver $1.1 billion worth of measures to kick-start the Ideas Boom over the next four years. But, at first blush, the view of the Allens Accelerate team is that the measures will constitute a quantum leap for the startup landscape in Australia.
  • Fact sheet: Crowd-sourced equity funding – can you access it?
    The new Turnbull Cabinet has made clear its intention to support innovation, so that Australia can have a thriving economy. The Treasury has already done some work in this area, releasing a consultation paper on crowd-sourcing equity funding (CSEF) for startups and small business.
  • Fact sheet: Reap the benefits from your R&D investment
    Grasping tax in the early days of your business is essential – you want to ensure you are keeping everything above board, while not paying unnecessary tax or, importantly, missing opportunities to apply tax offset mechanisms to your business.
View More Publications

Tax

There are many tax and regulatory measures designed to encourage greater investment in startups, including tax incentives, capital gains tax exemptions and tax arrangements for ESVCLPs and VCLPs. Speak to our team about the tax incentives that might be available to you.

Resources

  • Allens Accelerate: The startup investor tax concessions - what you need to know
    The Federal Government has introduced a Bill detailing tax concessions to incentivise investment into Australian startups.
  • Fact sheet: Show me the money: Tax reforms to encourage investment in startups
    The Ideas Boom has arrived with the Federal Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda. Central to the new agenda are a raft of tax and regulatory measures designed to encourage greater investment in startups to help them both get off the ground and to survive the ‘valley of death’ with greater access to Series A capital.
  • Allens Accelerate: Get ready for the #IdeasBoom!
    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled the hotly awaited National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). The Prime Minister declared the beginning of the Ideas Boom, stating that 'unlike the mining boom, this is a boom that can continue forever'. The NISA comprises more than 20 individual policies and will deliver $1.1 billion worth of measures to kick-start the Ideas Boom over the next four years. But, at first blush, the view of the Allens Accelerate team is that the measures will constitute a quantum leap for the startup landscape in Australia.
  • Fact sheet: Sharing is caring - but it may also be taxable!
    A current trend in our society is our willingness to share, whether it be our home, office, or our time. This 'sharing economy' is set to grow, and with that growth comes increased ATO scrutiny.
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