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We Think Like Entrepreneurs

As a vital resource for startups, from their early-stage to growth and expansion, NAVIGATE provides tools, information and legal representation to guide entrepreneurs on their path to success, as well as the venture capital and private equity firms who finance them. We thrive in the fast-paced entrepreneurial world by combining flexibility and speed with the experience that comes from harnessing billions of dollars in new ventures from inception to IPO and beyond. Simply put—we navigate clients to their best outcomes.

How Can NAVIGATE  Help My Business?

Showing you the way…explore and learn from our resource libraries and let us help you navigate your journey from vision to successful exit.

  • Form

    Setting yourself up for success starts at the very beginning and whether you are a first-time founder or a “not my first rodeo” entrepreneur, navigate these topics to get the foundational information you need to take your first vital steps.
    Form Resources
  • Protect

    Likely to be your greatest asset, your intellectual property protection can make or break a company. Navigate these topics to learn about patent filing, obtaining trademarks and securing copyright protection to secure your valuable assets.
    Protect Resources
  • Fund

    Securing the right financing and establishing the right relationships can be a complex process. Navigate these topics to learn how to access the “fuel” you need to operate and grow.
    Fund Resources
  • Expand

    Establishing a successful framework for growth requires thoughtful strategy and a broad knowledge base for expansion across the U.S. and around the world. Navigate these topics to learn how to establish new markets and prepare for your next phase of growth.
    Expand Resources
  • Exit

    Whether you are positioning your company to be acquired or to go public, you need to make sure your liquidity event is buttoned down on every aspect of the deal. Navigate these topics to learn everything you need to know, from deal nuances to the larger context of your “money in the door” event.
    Exit Resources
  • Protect Your Investments

    Our multi-disciplinary approach ensures we maintain a constant focus on all legal and regulatory issues affecting your portfolio companies and help you manage all aspects of your business.
  • Explore Investment Opportunities

    Our longstanding relationships across financial services and emerging growth industries gives you access to strategic connections across our platform, connecting capital and resources to promising young companies around the globe.
  • Negotiate

    Devil is in the details—we offer deep expertise in both effective negotiation and rock-solid deal making to ensure you stay protected in every transaction.
  • Who We Advise

    We work closely with a variety of business segments including Venture Capitalists, Growth Equity Funds, Corporate Venture Capital Firms, Sovereign Wealth Funds and Private Equity Funds.


  • Seed Financing Structures: KISSes, SAFEs, Convertible Notes and Series Seed Preferred Equity

    October 15, 2020
    Partner Matt Lyons (Austin-Emerging Growth) presented on Seed Financing Structures during a webinar with Pax Momentum, a startup accelerator focused on early-stage companies outside of Silicon Valley.
  • Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs

    October 14, 2020
    Partner Matt Lyons (Austin-Emerging Growth) and associate Montana Ware (Austin-Emerging Growth) presented on the Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs to startup founders participating in the Tarmac TX 2020 cohort.
  • 1st Annual Shearman & Sterling Corporate Venture Investor Summit

    Two-part series – November 12 and November 19, 2020
    Co-Chaired by Kevin Jacques, Vice President and Head of Visa Ventures; Patrick Eggen, Founding General Partner of Counterpart; and Neff Hudson, VP Corporate Development, USAA, in conjunction with Partners Carmelo Gordian and Matt Lyons, this virtual Summit will offer insights and strategies from leading corporate venture capital investors, with ample opportunity to engage in discussion with colleagues and solidify relationships across the industry. To learn more and to register, visit the Summit website.