International Startup and Emerging Companies Forum: Pushing the Boundaries

Hosted By: American Bar Association

Startups and emerging growth companies face a host of legal issues that threaten their existence on a daily basis. Those threats are magnified when they go global. By their nature, these companies are pushing the boundaries and, in many instances, the law hasn't caught up to them. Experienced professionals will dive deep into the legal issues startups and emerging growth companies face in their efforts to expand internationally. This forum​ will provide practical guidance to practitioners and in-house counsel to help them prepare their clients and companies for success in the global marketplace.​

Fenwick partner Dawn Belt will be speaking on a panel titled "Turbocharged International Growth: An Insider's View on What to Look for and What to Avoid." This panel will focus on areas of investment for emerging growth companies across the globe, including the role of inhouse lawyers, law firms and investors in new environments requiring innovative funding structures while at the same time requiring compliance with legal and policy issues. Panelists will discuss their own experiences in organizing and structuring emerging growth companies in order to make them more attractive for investment/financing rounds. Topics to be covered range from regulatory frameworks to the available types of corporate vehicles/structures, taxation, employment issues, and the enforcement of contracts.

Join Dawn on September 12 at 9:30am.


  • Joao Otavio Oliverio, Oliverio Dal Fabbro Abid Advogados, São Paolo, Brazil


  • Dawn Belt, Fenwick & West LLP, Mountain View, California
  • Eric Deeds, Sauce Labs, San Francisco, California
  • Annick Fuchs, fuchsLAW, San Francisco, California
  • Linda E.S. Pfatteicher, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, San Francisco, California


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