Attract global investments
By pinning down the legal requirements for your next fundraising round, you can sort all your documents, sail through your due diligence processes, and identify and eliminate any dealbreakers getting in between you and your ideal investors.
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How to structure
your next fundraising round
Find the most investor-friendly jurisdiction
Choose the right entities and documents
Prepare to receive investment from globally-located investors
How Legal Nodes helps
Start by submitting a request to Legal Nodes. Whatever stage of fundraising you’re at, we can help you find answers to all your big questions.
Identify your best legal fundraising options and get cost and timeline estimates, for all your global legal tasks including company registration and docs preparation.
Kick-start your legal fundraising works with locally-based lawyers handling all your tasks, so you can legally prepare for your next fundraising round.
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 all things that we needed to achieve in the process.
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Get help with these fundraising legal tasks
We work with legal experts, tax advisors, and licensing specialists in multiple countries to help structure fundraising with global investors.
Discover some of the tasks that can help your fundraising be a success.
Prepare a Capitalisation Table, Founders Agreement and Investment Agreement (SAFE, ASA, Convertible Note) to raise funds from investors
Register a legal entity to raise initial investments, start hiring team members, and to kickstart product development
Upgrade the corporate structure of your business by separating HoldingCo (parent company) and OpCo-s (subsidiaries) in preparation of new investment rounds
Legally structure equity financing rounds by issuing shares to investors and signing SPAs & SHAs or legally structure shares / asset sale when making an exit
Frequently asked questions
Deal breakers can occur when fundraising rounds are launched without considering all the different legal questions and requirements. For example, if a company is registered in a country that is not acceptable for investors, or the company ownership type isn’t fundable, then this is a deal breaker that can cost you investors. Avoid these by properly exploring all your global options and requirements, starting with identifying which jurisdictions might be suitable for your specific startup’s needs, and then identifying which legal entities, investing instruments and investor verification checks are required. By thinking ahead beyond your initial fundraising goals (towards future investment rounds and even exits) you can better anticipate the needs of investors and founders, and avoid any deal breakers along the way.
Verifying investors can be done via KYC (know your customer) and AML (anti-money laundering) checks, as well as other means set out in country-specific legislation. It’s critical that you understand what sort of checks might apply to your investors, as without taking proper precautions, your startup could face financial repercussions. For example, in instances when a founder should have verified investor’s accreditation but failed to do so, the founder can face fines and penalties for breach of securities and capital market laws. Verification also guards against risks of accepting money from unclear sources of funds or from investors who might be PEP (politically exposed persons) or who may have connections with sanctioned countries.
The best countries to launch fundraising rounds are typically those that are "friendly" or suitable for your specific product (whether you're a SaaS company, marketplace, etc.) and are also attractive to investors. Based on our experience, countries that may be most suitable for global fundraising include the US, the UK, Estonia, Singapore, Lithuania, Malta, Hong Kong, and the UAE. This is not a definitive list, as each startup's case is different and many factors apply.
Estimating costs for a fundraising round can be like asking “how long is a piece of string”. We help tackle this, by first assessing which country you might want to base your fundraising works in, and then look at which documents and other due diligence works you need. That way, we can provide guidelines on costs, and help you better predict costs in the future. You can take a look at rough estimates for fundraising works on our pricing page, but for a better idea of how much your next fundraising round will cost, speak to us.
We’ve helped lots of clients pass through due diligence processes with ease and you can read about some of our successful client stories here. The best way to get through due diligence is by mapping out all the possible options, taking into account legal, tax, compliance, and investor considerations. Most startups are global by default, so it’s important to think about your options on a global level, as well as identify any risks, deal breakers, and road blocks. Finally, you’ll need a globally-spread team to get your fundraising round off the ground. We work with legal, licensing, tax, and privacy experts worldwide, so if you’d like help with the legal preparatory works for your next investment round, speak to us.