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Top 10 Deal Terms Every Early Stage Company Should Understand

Sonya Erickson and Ashley Brown

Presenter: Sonya Erickson and Ashley Brown, attorneys at Cooley LLP
Topics: Fundamentals for Startups, Legal, Training
Posted: 10/25/2021


This Fundamentals for Startups featured Cooley attorneys, Sonya Erickson and Ashley Brown, who broke down the Top 10 deal terms you need to understand before signing on the dotted line. As an entrepreneur starting to explore conversations with investors or partner companies, understanding deal terms is crucial.

Presenter Bio

Sonya Erickson is a member of the firm’s board of directors. She has over 30 years of experience counseling emerging growth companies, established technology businesses and venture capital funds. Her clients range from early stage startups to larger public companies.

Sonya advises clients on a variety of legal and business issues. Her particular expertise is in private and public financing, strategic technology transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Sonya is counsel to public and private companies in a broad range of industries, with a focus on the software, biotechnology and medical products and services industries. In the last 10 years alone, Sonya has worked on more than 500 venture capital and private equity transactions, as well as numerous public offerings, M&A structured buyouts, spin-offs and other complex business transactions.

Sonya is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Venture Capital Law since 2004, is listed as a leading attorney in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A since 2013, and listed in Washington Super Lawyers from 2014 to 2018.

Ashley Brown practices corporate law with a focus on emerging companies across a broad spectrum of industries and stages of development. She has experience with corporate formation, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and general counseling.

While attending the University of Washington School of Law, Ashley was a member of the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic and served as a managing editor for the Washington Law Review.

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