Corporate & Securities Services

Entrepreneurial attorneys with a passion for building innovative companies at all stages of growth

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We advise growth-oriented businesses across all industries - from ambitious startups and their founders to well-established corporations - on a wide range of corporate, commercial, and securities needs, leveraging extensive legal and business experience, deep industry knowledge, and a shared love of entrepreneurship to support clients as they scale for growth.

Our Approach

The business-forward approach that defines our corporate practice is inextricably tied to the firm’s origin story. Scale was founded by entrepreneurs and former Silicon Valley GCs with a shared passion for building businesses. We’ve built a team of like-minded attorneys who understand the value of delivering practical advice to help clients thrive, while also managing risk.

Areas of Practice

Our practice is distinguished by the considerable in-house legal experience of many of our attorneys, resulting in a business-forward mindset and a true understanding of what drives growth. We approach issues by first working to understand a client’s operational side - including its culture and processes - and factoring these insights into the solution, which enables us to deliver more practical, efficient, and cost-effective advice. Clients value this experienced business savvy as much as they do our top-tier legal skills and the high quality, innovative results we consistently deliver on matters ranging from:

  • General Counsel
  • Debt and Equity Financing
  • Venture Finance and Startups
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Fund Formation & Investment Management
  • Commercial Agreements
  • Cross-Border Transactions
  • Data Privacy & Cybersecurity
  • Employment
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate
  • Litigation

What Sets us Apart

Seed to Series B Expertise

Our attorneys have considerable expertise representing startup companies in venture capital financing transactions, with a focus on seed to Series B financing. In fact, a number of Scale attorneys have prior associations with Big Law firms noted for their venture practices, including:

  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C.
  • Dentons 
  • Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • K&L Gates LLP

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Legal Insights

DIY Law: Beware of the Legal Template

Many companies use contract templates in their day-to-day operations. When drafted properly and tied to the appropriate use case, templates can be a tremendous time and money saving resource. As outside general counsel to companies of all sizes, the review of existing contract templates comes up quite often. Some clients are looking for an upgrade, while others may be seeking a quick, validating green light or help with a contract negotiation utilizing a template as the foundation. Unfortunately, many templates do not accomplish the intended purpose, or worse. 

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Under the Corporate Transparency Act, Companies Face New Requirements in 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of financial regulation and corporate transparency, the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) has emerged as a pivotal piece of legislation. Enacted in 2021 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, the CTA will require most new and existing legal entities operating in the United States to file reports with the federal government regarding their beneficial owners. The CTA goes into effect on January 1, 2024, and its key provisions are described below.

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Why D&O Coverage is Important

Like many legal issues, D&O coverage is often the last thing on the mind of a start-up founder. Nevertheless, addressing early on whether your company needs D&O coverage will likely pay large dividends down the road, while also protecting your hard-earned investment in the near-term. It’s just one more area where every start-up could use the help of a good, experienced general counsel. If you have questions about D&O insurance or would like to discuss risk mitigation strategies for your company, please contact Robert Gans at

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