Dentons Canada gives startups a helping hand: CATA CEO recognizes Dentons innovation nation leadership
November 29, 2013

“Dentons Canada LLP is extremely excited to announce our Dentons Canada Startup Program. We have acted for many of Canada’s leading startups. Our new program, and the appointment of Andre Garber as our first Director of the Startup Program, will further enhance the support we can provide to startups,” says David Little, Chair of Dentons Canada’s Venture Technology and Emerging Growth Companies practice group.

The Dentons Canada Startup Program provides an affordable and predictable fee arrangement for incorporation and access to a proprietary suite of legal documents and policies designed for startups and which are readily customizable, along with advice on intellectual property and licensing strategy by experienced practitioners.

“We know that startups are lean on cash, but they still need legal support to get off the ground and get their product to market. Our program gives them the benefit of a highly experienced global team and our bank of legal resources, on a cost-deferred, fixed fee basis,” says Andre Garber, Director of the Dentons Canada Startup Program.

In addition to the extensive set of documents, startups get plugged into Dentons’ deep network of venture capitalist investors, advisory board members, and seasoned tech industry executives through Dentons offices across Canada and in global technology hubs including Silicon Valley, San Francisco, New York, Boston and Berlin.

“Dentons has a long history of supporting Canadian technology companies, including important advocacy on tax changes to jumpstart foreign investment in Canadian technology companies by Tom Houston, and more recently advocacy on opening access to crowdfunding in Canada by Andrea Johnson, two partners at Dentons Ottawa. This new initiative by Dentons focused on startups further confirms Dentons’ commitment to innovation in Canada,” says John Reid, President of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA).

Whether the aim is to launch and expand a new venture into the next technology giant or to successfully exit through IPOs or M&A transactions, Dentons can provide the legal guidance to help startups reach their goals.

“Dentons is well known as a leading provider of legal advice to venture backed companies and venture capital investors. Access to top level legal advice at an early stage can have a tremendous impact on a company’s success,” says Richard Rémillard, Executive Director of Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (CVCA).

Startups also gain access to Dentons’ Intellectual Property practice, which is a necessary value-add for mobile technology and life sciences startups looking to go global.

Dentons also maintains a popular on-line resource for tech startups at which covers a full range of practical and legal topics for entrepreneurs, startups, executives and investors active in the technology space, tweets the latest tech startup news on @DentonsTech, and offers on-going social and educational programs in its offices.

About Dentons

Dentons is a global firm driven to provide a competitive edge in an increasingly complex and interconnected marketplace. It was formed in March 2013 by the combination of international law firm Salans LLP, Canadian law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC) and international law firm SNR Denton. Dentons is built on the solid foundations of these three highly valued law firms. Each built an outstanding reputation and valued clientele by responding to the local, regional and national needs of a broad spectrum of clients of all sizes—individuals; entrepreneurs; small businesses and startups; local, regional and national governments and government agencies; and mid-sized and larger private and public corporations, including international and global entities.

Dentons' clients now benefit from approximately 2,600 lawyers and professionals in more than 75 locations spanning 50-plus countries across Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, the UK and the US who are committed to challenge the status quo and offer creative, dynamic business and legal solutions.