While job growth remains relatively strong, economists have been speculating about an impending recession since the beginning of the year. In fact, June was the worst first half of a year for the stock market since 1970. With the fastest inflation in decades and rising interest rates, many are tightening their belts, unsure of what comes next for the economy.
For startup founders trying to fundraise, the economic climate means funding might be harder to come by. They may see that investors have a smaller appetite for infusing capital into high-risk early-stage companies. Austin-based corporate attorney Matt Lyons has seen startups and investors through decades of economic cycles, and he’s identified what helps founders weather these kinds of financial storms.
Lyons is a corporate partner in the Austin office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focuses on representing emerging companies and their investors. On Sept. 27, Lyons will host a webinar for Founders Network members where he will discuss how to fundraise in uncertain financial times.
In this webinar, Lyons will cover:
About the Speaker:
J. Matthew (Matt) Lyons is a corporate partner in the Austin office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on the representation of companies and their investors in the
emerging companies ecosystem. For the past 25 years, he has been a leading attorney in the Texas market, advising public and private companies, venture and private equity funds, and entrepreneurs on new entity formation, venture financings, public and private offerings, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and issues related to corporate governance and executive compensation. Matt’s clients include companies in the technology, life sciences, healthcare, retail and CPG, and media and communications industries.
About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati:
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them.
The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities litigation, employment law, intellectual property, and antitrust, among many other areas of law. Our distinguished international roster of clients spans a wide variety of industries, including information technology, life sciences, energy and clean technology, social and traditional media, communications, retail, and financial services.
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