Akerman, a law firm serving clients across the Americas , announced the formation of an Emerging Companies Practice, expanding its services for startup companies and venture capitalists through all stages of the corporate lifecycle. According to a release, the new Practice is a continuation of Akerman's long-standing relationships with serial entrepreneurs and investors, and is an extension of the firm's work with business incubators and accelerators. The multidisciplinary team provides clients with lawyers experienced in venture capital funding, intellectual property protection, tax planning, employee arrangements, real estate, and various other strategic business transactions. Adding to Akerman's expansion in this space, Jeremy Shure has rejoined the firm as of counsel in the New York office where he will serve as one of the leading members of the Emerging Companies Practice. He previously served as founder and managing principal of a venture capital and consulting firm focused on emerging growth companies. Shure counsels entrepreneurs who are expanding their companies to the next level, advising startups in the education, financial, and media technology industries, as well as those engaged in health and wellness and IT services. "Akerman's Emerging Companies Practice is a continuation of our commitment to be 'innovation ready,' providing clients with a team of lawyers experienced in start-up culture and venture capital transactions," said Mary Carroll , chair of Akerman's Corporate Practice Group . "Jeremy will play an instrumental role in the Practice, helping clients address complex business challenges and discover new opportunities for success." "Akerman embraces a culture of collaborative innovation," said Shure. "That makes the firm an effective ally for emerging growth companies and investors. Its national platform and deep roots within the international business community provide my clients with access to the resources they need to thrive." Akerman lawyers are heavily invested in the entrepreneurial movement. In August, Akerman became the first law firm to establish an outpost at startup incubator The LAB Miami in Miami's Wynwood Art District , a rising center of innovation for U.S. and international entrepreneurs. Furthering its alliance with startup incubators and accelerators, Akerman was selected as an official 2014 law firm sponsor of TechStars NYC. In this capacity, Akerman lawyers will interact side-by-side with accelerator companies, venture capital firms, and angel investors through all phases of their lifecycles while also providing networking and educational opportunities that reach the larger startup community in New York City . Shure served as a resident mentor for TechStars. "Our involvement with TechStars reaches beyond traditional legal or business counsel," said Shure. "We serve as a principal advisor and confidant for serial entrepreneurs acting as their intermediary and right-hand for all of their crucial business needs, while collaborating within the comforts of their natural environment." More information: www.akerman.com ((Comments on this story may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org ))
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