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Startup and Emerging Technology Practice Group

Startup and Emerging Technology Practice Group Davies & Associates provides comprehensive immigration and corporate solutions to a growing roster of emerging technology businesses, international entrepreneurs and foreign investors. Our Startup & Emerging Technology Practice (SET) Practice Group is positioned to provide specific and custom- tailored legal support for clients seeking to establish or expand a presence in the US marketplace.

In recent years, Emerging Technology businesses have evolved into a mature and powerful industry that influences both the United States economy and immigration framework. Economically, significant capital funding has been injected into viable business models, and recent IPOs suggest a larger public interest for investing into tech-based startups. Immigration reform, pioneered by the Obama administration, has begun to carve out new visa possibilities for international entrepreneurs seeking to launch or grow their entrepreneurial initiatives in the States.

Davies & Associates recognizes the unique challenges facing startups and tech-related entrepreneurs. At D&A we offer comprehensive visa and corporate strategies to resolve critical client issues from the very beginning. Our extensive experience in dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Homeland Security (DOH) and respective US Consulates abroad, allows us to provide critical core services, such as drafting petition letters, producing customized 5-year business plans, and formalizing key corporate documents that meet immigration requirements as well as serve your business needs.

At D&A, we aim to forge long-term relationships with our clients, and we proudly serve as legal counsel, board advisors and equity partners for some of our representative clientele:

FinTech

Startup and Emerging Technology Practice Group Fin Tech – or Financial Technology – is an Fin Tech – or Financial Technology – is an explosive area of business in the States and throughout the world. Operating within the intersection of banking, finance and technology, FinTech companies are disrupting traditional payment schemes and methods for businesses and individuals.

This growth has resulted in the critical need for managing dynamic business operations from both a corporate and immigration perspective. Today’s mobility of businesses demands solutions that permit a company to operate across borders, provide local employment-based and visa solutions as well as corporate support on all levels of growth – from seed funding to structured investor agreements.

Please see below for a sampling of our services.

Mobile Apps

Startup and Emerging Technology Practice Group Davies & Associates provides visa and corporate solutions for businesses focusing on the development of mobile applications. This includes both mobile and web-based platforms that provide a niche product or service to a targeted demographic of users. Given the exponential growth in mobile engineering and “app” business models throughout the United States, many startups and existing companies require a firm that understands a new wave of technology. With the capacity to redefine economic, social and cultural aspects of our daily lives, D&A recognizes the influence of these new tech entities and successfully represents their interests.

We are proud to provide visa and corporate support to startup companies, entrepreneurs and foreign investors that pioneer new offerings in the mobile development world.

Please see below for a sampling of our services.

Software & Enterprise Development

Startup and Emerging Technology Practice Group As software enterprise technology continues to evolve, businesses and engineers continue to provide critical support for their clients and users. Attracting talent from all over the globe and servicing virtually every industry sector, software businesses and startups demand specialized employees and a unique workforce of professionals. D&A provides a custom- tailored approach to supporting specialized employee visas, as well as providing critical corporate structuring that is needed at early-stage developments of the US business venture.

A sampling of our services for startup and new technology companies includes, but is not limited to:

Immigration Services
  • Advising on the process of applying for the applicable startup visa(s);
  • Providing you with lists of documentation and other items that in our opinion are needed for the visa application;
  • Reviewing all documentation you provide from an immigration perspective to ensure the documentation is appropriate for presentation in the visa application;
  • Assisting you with completing the relevant application package for obtaining any derivative visas for the main applicant;
  • Causing the respective visa application to be filed with the applicable consulate;
  • Assisting you with basic corporate formation matters, including incorporation services for the respective State; and
  • Opening applicable bank accounts, including but not limited escrow accounts managed by our firm.
Corporate Services
  • Drafting legal documentation related to building a “Corporate Board Book” as is necessary to launch your new venture. This may include, but is not limited to:
  • Preparing an Operating or Incorporation Agreement that properly and accurately reflect the realities of your business while recording your agreement with co-business owners;
  • Shareholder Agreement(s) and Voting Rights;
  • Issuing Shares or Membership Interests;
  • Appointing Board Members and Company Officers; and
  • Drafting any necessary employment agreements for your US enterprise;
  • Drafting documentation necessary for your investor relationships, including, but not limited to: Convertible Loan Agreements, Stock Purchase Agreements, Stock Ledgers Cap Tables and Share Certificates;
  • Procuring licenses that you will need to produce when your E-2 visa application is filed;
  • Reviewing applicable lease documentation; and
  • Drafting and reviewing commercial agreements with your customers and suppliers.
Client Reviews
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Mark is one of the best things happened to me in immigration. I was very skeptical as my last attempt to obtain an L1A was a negative one through another lawyer. Mark came in and… [made] sure that the case [was refiled] successfully. Rest assured, I can vouch for his services and will recommend him highly.
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I have been dealing with this firm for the last several years. They got my E2 visa approved followed by my E2 visa renewal as well. They are the best immigration lawyers I have ever met….. No one can give you better service than this firm. Australian E-2 visa applicant
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Several lawyers told me I would not be able to get a TN visa. Two weeks after contacting Davies & Associates I was working in New York, visa in hand. I have recommended this firm to several friends and colleagues, they do an excellent job every time." Individual Seeking 'Impossible' TN Visa
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Davies & Associates provided me with truly outstanding customer service 7 days a week. Technically brilliant, Davies & Associates not only successfully obtained E-2 visa status for myself and my Indian wife but also seamlessly coordinated my entire legal team, ensuring the timely completion of my acquisition." E2 Visa Applicant and Business Owner
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I was qualified as a physician in a foreign country. Being on a J-1 visa I was facing having to leave the United States and return to my home country. Davies & Associates secured one of only 30 J-1 visa waivers available in my State, allowing me to work for a US hospital and remain in the United States." Doctor Seeking J-1 Visa Waiver
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My exisiting immigration lawyer, who has a global reputation in immigration law, told me that "it couldn't be done". Someone suggested I speak to Davies & Associates and they obtained the immigration benefits I wanted. I will always use this firm in the future, they are miracle workers." Small Professional Business With International Offices
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I am very satisfied with the services Mark Davies has provided me. He has a very extensive knowledge in immigration laws and has a thorough approach to any case." U Visa Applicant, A Victim of Crime
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There is no question that Davies & Associates is clearly the leading E-2 visa law firm in the United States." E2 Visa Applicant and Business Owner
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Extremely knowledgable, available, and reliable Mark was a god-send when dealing with USCIS. He is very experienced so he knows the ins and outs of the process, can predict response times and is very available to answer questions in a timely and friendly manner. Highly recommended to anyone trying to navigate a complicated immigration process at any stage." Syrian Marriage Based Immigrant Visa Applicant with Two Year J-1 Waiver
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I highly recommend Davies & Associates LLC Mark Davies is a joy to work with. His extensive knowledge, speedy response and attentive service took away all my fears of dealing with immigration and visa applications. He is very generous with his time in explaining every step along the way and I have already and will in the future recommend him to anybody who is looking for an immigration lawyer." Small Business Owner and E-2 Visa Applicant