Legal Structuring Solutions for SaaS & Marketplace Startups

A proper legal structure of your SaaS / Marketplace Startup helps you to raise investments and avoid dealbreakers when working with clients.

Book a Legal Discovery Session to learn how to legally structure your Startup.

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Your startup needs a legal structure to secure new clients and investors.

Don't let the wrong legal structure be the dealbreaker. Make sure your startup has the best legal structure in place.

EXPLORE BEST PRACTICES OF LEGAL STRUCTURING

These are the friendliest countries for SaaS & Marketplace startups

Delaware, USA
✅  Smooth share transactions
✅  Remote neobank account opening
✅  Tax efficiency for cash-outs & exit
❌  Special tax reliefs for tech business
✅  Suitable for most accelerators & VCs
✅  Share Option scheme for employees
✅  Low setup and operating cost
✅  Quick setup (usually 1-2 weeks)
United Kingdom
✅  Smooth share transactions
✅  Remote neobank account opening
❌  Tax efficiency for cash-outs & exit
✅  Special tax reliefs for tech business
✅  Suitable for most accelerators & VCs
✅  Share Option scheme for employees
✅  Low setup and operating cost
✅  Quick setup (usually 1-2 weeks)
Estonia
❌  Smooth share transactions
✅  Remote neobank account opening
❌   Tax efficiency for cash-outs & exit
✅  Special tax reliefs for tech business
✅  Suitable for most accelerators & VCs
❌  Share Option scheme for employees
✅  Low setup and operating cost
✅  Quick setup (usually 1-2 weeks)
Cyprus
✅  Smooth share transactions
✅  Remote neobank account opening
✅  Tax efficiency for cash-outs & exit
✅   Special tax reliefs for tech business
❌  Suitable for most accelerators & VCs
❌  Share Option scheme for employees
❌  Low setup and operating cost
❌  Quick setup (usually 1-2 weeks)

Legal Roadmap for SaaS & Marketplace Startups

How it works

Join a Legal Discovery Session with our Chief Legal Officer to learn about the best options for your project

Get a legal roadmap for your project with a list of tasks with cost & time estimates to achieve your project’s goals

Your Virtual Legal Officer will manage the implementation of your roadmap and manage the lawyers who will work on your legal tasks

Building the correct legal structure for venture-backed startups is a complex legal process.

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Tap into a network of legal experts who’ve helped many businesses:

Legal Nodes helped us when we needed legal support the most. We were looking for a legal team willing to jump on the project from day one and be dedicated to the project for a long time.

Dmytro Bilash
Co-founder @Captain Growth

I was impressed with the professionalism of lawyers who knew the ins and outs of venture deals and were able to predict all the issues we needed to resolve.

Ivan Kaunov
Co-founder @Finmap

We're glad we've partnered with Legal Nodes to help us with the due diligence. The lawyers from a virtual team acted quickly and were on top of everything we needed to achieve in the process.

Anastasiia Smyk
CEO & Co-founder @InputSoft

Legal Nodes helped us when we needed legal support the most. We were looking for a legal team willing to jump on the project from day one and be dedicated to the project for a long time.

Dmytro Bilash
Co-founder @Captain Growth

I was impressed with the professionalism of lawyers who knew the ins and outs of venture deals and were able to predict all the issues we needed to resolve.

Ivan Kaunov
Co-Founder @Finmap

We're glad we've partnered with Legal Nodes to help us with the due diligence. The lawyers from a virtual team acted quickly and were on top of everything we needed to achieve in the process.

Anastasiia Smyk
Co-Founder & CEO @InputSoft

Learn how we've helped Finmap team to kickstart their Legal structuring for their startup and prepare for fundraising.

FAQ

What is the best legal structure for a startup?

The best legal structure for a startup will be one that takes into consideration all four limbs of the business (clients, investors, employees, and core business needs) and also thoroughly prepare the business to pass each stage with flying colours; from registration, through to operations, and finally to fundraising and growth.

Legal structures that consider only one stage at a time (for example, are only focused on registration) and don’t take steps according to a long-term roadmap with fundraising or growth as a key goal, will often create more difficulties for startups in the future. Additionally, legal startups that omit to cater for their employees needs (for example, setting up an operating company in a country that is a preferable and legally viable option for your core employees, could create barriers that prevent your team from working.

What legal structure should my startup have to raise venture capital?

In order for your startup to raise venture capital, several key legal requirements need to be satisfied. First, your company should be registered in a jurisdiction that is friendly to investors, customers, and your employees. Investors will want to see a legal structure that has a solid foundation and that addresses issues that arise through each of the three stages of business; registration, operations, and growth.

Investors will look for a captable that isn’t “broken”, along with a certificate of incorporation and Articles of Association or equivalent. They will want to see agreements between founders and shareholders and agreements pertaining to share option plans. 

Once they are satisfied that all of the requirements for incorporation are met, investors will assess the operational side of the business; are there appropriate agreements in place concerning licensing, contractors, partners, employees, and suppliers? Are privacy laws met, and is there protection in place for IP assets?

Finally, investors will investigate whether your startup is ready for investment. Are there stock purchase or share subscription agreements in place? What kind of corporate documents govern these matters? Are there convertible loans or SAFEs, and what kind of shareholder agreements are in place?

If these questions cannot be answered to the satisfaction of your investors, then it's possible that your legal structure is lacking in some areas.

How can I choose the best jurisdiction for my startup?

Avoid going with gut feelings or friendly founder advice, instead think about the needs of your investors, your clients, your employees, and your business. The best jurisdiction isn’t always the most popular or the most obvious. Different countries will be appealing for different reasons; Estonia can provide e-residency, the UK offers plenty of friendly e-banking options, and many different EU countries will assist with virtual office solutions. Speak to a member of the Legal Nodes team to begin the process of assessing which is the best jurisdiction for your startup.

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