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Deal Makers or Deal Breakers? How Commercial Contracts Can Impact M&A Image

Deal Makers or Deal Breakers? How Commercial Contracts Can Impact M&A

In a startup’s early years, securing customer deals and negotiating key vendor and partner agreements are big priorities. Done right, these deals give startups both the foundation and the momentum they need to grow and meet key growth milestones. But there are risks, both actual and perceived, in these commercial…

Proactively Protecting Your Company’s Growth: The Early-Stage Guide to Using a Corporate Lawyer Image

Proactively Protecting Your Company’s Growth: The Early-Stage Guide to Using a Corporate Lawyer

When you have limited dollars for legal issues, it’s important to know where to spend those funds to maximize your company’s investment in legal resources without waste and inefficiency.​ Experienced corporate counsel will tell early stage companies in most industries to focus on two priorities as soon as possible: capital…

KO Client Five Mill Acquired by Barrington Media Group Image

KO Client Five Mill Acquired by Barrington Media Group

KO client Five Mill, a digital marketing agency and enterprise-level search engine marketing and social media marketing solutions firm, was acquired by Barrington Media Group. KO partner Jon Taylor, along with attorneys Melissa Mellen and Keenan Weatherford represented Five Mill in the acquisition. Founded in 2008 by Dan Soha, Five…

What to Look for When Choosing Legal Counsel: A Checklist for Startups Image

What to Look for When Choosing Legal Counsel: A Checklist for Startups

Startups must move fast but be pragmatic. If you’re running a startup, you know that speed and flexibility are important to your company. The right legal counsel serves as a strategic partner to help emerging companies achieve meaningful business outcomes. The checklist below is meant to help you choose counsel…

KO Client Enquiron Acquired by Zywave Image

KO Client Enquiron Acquired by Zywave

KO client Enquiron has been acquired by Zywave. Enquiron provides risk management and consultative business solutions to employers in all 50 states, across various industries, sectors and sizes. KO Partner Jennifer Rosenthal, and attorneys Samantha Pjesky and Keenan Weatherford represented Enquiron in the deal. Enquiron revolutionized the way that services…

KO Advises Spinnaker SCA through Acquisition by Black Lake Capital Image

KO Advises Spinnaker SCA through Acquisition by Black Lake Capital

KO served as the legal counsel for Spinnaker SCA through its acquisition by Black Lake Capital. KO represented both SCA and Spinnaker SCS in the deal. Spinnaker SCA was formed through the merger of SCA, LLC (“SCApath”) and Spinnaker SCS, LLC (“Spinnaker SCS”). KO partner John Gaddis, attorneys Melissa Mellen,…

Early Stage Business Considerations: Prioritizing Intellectual Property Protection Image

Early Stage Business Considerations: Prioritizing Intellectual Property Protection

Emerging company founders and small business owners have no shortage of issues to think through and solve. Prioritizing intellectual property rights and protection doesn’t often top the priority list. Most time and energy is rightly focused on building the business, developing products, hiring a team, and finding customers. With these…

M&A Activity in 2021: Opportunities Ahead for Business Transactions Image

M&A Activity in 2021: Opportunities Ahead for Business Transactions

The tone for M&A activity in 2021 was set by 2020’s theme: acceleration driven by necessity and opportunity. Industries forced to pivot rapidly, coupled with favorable market conditions and access to affordable capital, set the stage for strong M&A activity in 2021. To understand how business owners can position themselves…