General Counsel for Startups

Your own legal team on stand-by, ready to take care of any legal matters for you. When you need it. As fast as you need it.

Your life as a business owner is complicated

You make a lot of decisions every day. Deal with new problems. Take risks.

A stressful part of it is dealing with legal issues, like protecting your business from legal hazards, complying with government regulations and negotiating contracts.

Let us make your life easier

Whether you just got started or are already scaling, we’ll be there to take care of your legal matters. As your experienced partner you can fully rely on. So that you have more headspace to build your business and achieve the great things you are aiming for.

Be it fundraising, employment, intellectual property, data protection or other legal challenges – we’ll make sure the interests of your company are protected.

A true partner at our side

EMBARK.LAW acts like an extended arm of our team. We can rely on them to be proactive and think strategically with us. They are a true partner on our side, anticipating our needs and letting us know where it’s important to step up our game. So we don’t have to constantly keep track of what needs to be done. Furthermore, we are impressed with how the team combines hard-hitting legal expertise with a deep understanding for pragmatic solutions and processes for startups.

Jan Rihak, Founder and CEO Europe, Classtime AG

Pragmatic yet thorough

We understand that startups need to stay responsive. That’s why we’re proactive and anticipate your needs, so we can stay on top of things while moving fast. And we always look for solutions that are both pragmatic and thorough.

Clear and to the point

If you have a question, we won’t quote the law and tell you “it depends”. We’ll give you a straightforward answer in plain language. And you won’t hear us speak legalese.

Ready to go international

Our founder is dually qualified as a Swiss and California attorney and can advise you on the differences between Swiss and U.S. law and startup ecosystems. We also have a network of experienced partners in the EU, USA, South America and Asia ready to help you go international.

Your legal team on stand-by

Below, you’ll find a list of services we can provide as your general counsel.

  • Choice of appropriate legal and equity structure
  • Company and regulatory documents
  • Incorporation
  • Shareholders’ and founders’ agreements
  • Compliance with registration obligations

  • EXITs (share deals, asset deals, mergers, etc.)
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Reorganizations and restructurings
  • Spin-offs
  • Joint ventures
  • Setup and implementation of general corporate structure
  • Corporate governance and general housekeeping

  • Data protection
  • Financial market regulation
  • Securities
  • Taxes (general advice)
  • Industry-specific compliance (e.g. MedTech, FoodTech, PropTech, CleanTech)

  • Supply and distribution agreements
  • Cooperation agreements (joint ventures, franchising)
  • Licensing agreements
  • Software development agreements
  • Customer and consumer contracts
  • General terms and conditions
  • Privacy policies

For any other legal matters, we have a network of local and international partners that we can team up with anytime.

Fast. Easy-going. Highly motivated.

The team of EMBARK.LAW is fun to work with. We appreciate their speed and simplicity in communication and processes. They help us focus on our core competencies and enable us to move forward faster.

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Fees

We bill based on our hourly rates and invoice on a monthly basis, with invoices to be paid within 15 days after receipt.

Between invoices, we regularly update you on the amount of hours spent to keep the costs transparent.

  Attorney or legal advisor Paralegal or intern
Startup rate
CHF 290/h CHF 145/h
General rate CHF 390/h CHF 195/h

All fees are additionally subject to value added tax (VAT).

At the beginning of our collaboration, we usually ask you for a retainer (a deposit paid in advance) due at signature of the engagement letter.

Want to work together?

If you’re interested in working with us, please email us a:

hello@embark.law

We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your goals and how we can help you achieve them.