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5 Things About 5 Things That Every Startup Should Know


Aleida Conners
Fredrikson & Byron, Attorney

Aleida is a corporate attorney who assists clients in executing domestic and cross-border merger, acquisition, divestiture, joint venture and equity investment transactions.

Aleida represents clients in all types of business transactions, focusing her practice in the areas of venture capital, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. In connection with these activities, she also assists clients with commercial matters regarding supply, manufacturing, sales and distribution and related agreements. Aleida works with companies in a variety of industries, with significant experience in the food, agriculture, life sciences and manufacturing industries.

Noah Huisman
Fredrikson & Byron, Attorney

Noah counsels companies (both established and emerging), investors, and private equity funds in all types of business transactions, focusing his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and general corporate matters where he helps companies find practical solutions to the complex business matters and transactions that arise during the life cycle of a business.

Courtney Thompson
Fredrikson & Byron
David Winkler
Fredrikson & Byron, Partner

David Winkler provides clients with strategic advice on business objectives by pairing his finance and tax background with practical, efficient legal solutions to achieve business goals. He is co-chair of Fredrikson & Byron’s Start Up and Rapid Growth Enterprises (SURGE) group focusing his practice in the areas of growth equity, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, securities and general corporate law. David works with companies in a variety of industries including enterprise software, financial technology, media, consumer, e-commerce, food, agriculture, medical device and digital health. He is also actively engaged in the Upper Midwest angel and venture capital community.

David’s experience includes representing companies and investors on all types of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and convertible note, Seed, Series A and late stage financing transactions. He also acts as outside general counsel to several emerging growth companies by providing oversight on legal matters and strategic guidance to founders, boards and executives. In this role, he provides legal advice and strategic guidance related to fundraising strategies, equity compensation, corporate governance and commercial agreements. Through his fund practice, David assists fund sponsors with organizing, structuring and operating private investment funds.


Join us for a fast-paced overview of the necessary legal steps startups should take in order to be successful. Panelists from Fredrikson & Byron will cover the basics, providing attendees with answers to key questions they face when running a startup and answer questions like: 

•    Does entity choice matter, and why?

•    When raising money, what do you need to do to ensure you comply with securities laws??

•    What kinds of rights should I give investors? 

•    How do I decide who will be an employee and who will be a contractor?

 •    Why do I need to get IP assignments, and when?

Following this session join the speaker(s) in the Community Lounge for a 15 minute Q&A.