When assisting new startup companies I often hear the phrase ”I don’t think we need a shareholders’ agreement, we already discussed how we’re going to deal with things”. Indeed, very often this is the case; the ownership of the company is divided equally, Matt takes care of the sales, Andy handles the coding and Kate is responsible for securing financing. At this phase however a business lawyer’s head is filled with series of “What if” questions. What if Matt transfers to work for the competitor, Kate wants to sell her shares, or if Andy lashes out due to the aforementioned and decides that he wants to sell “his own code” to Google?
This year marked the 4th consecutive year that Mäkitalo had the pleasure of participating in Slush as the exclusive partner for legal services. Finally last Thursday and Friday Mäkitalo’s Slush 2016 crew was unleashed – and what a time we had! Slush 2016 was bigger than ever, full of great pitches, speeches, roundtable discussions and obviously interesting one-on-one discussions.