Each year, the MVCA Membership Committee and MVCA Board of Directors extends a very limited number of invitations to a carefully curated selection of professional service organizations. These are elite organizations who have been identified by MVCA as being valuable partners within the entrepreneurial and investment community.
MVCA and its membership are grateful to our valued 2021 Service Provider Members.
Thank you for your involvement in the Michigan entrepreneurial and investment community!
A dedicated member of the Michigan entrepreneurial and investor community, Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss (Jaffe) assists entrepreneurs, startup companies and growing businesses in all areas of formation, development and funding, and complex business transactions. A multidisciplinary team of Jaffe lawyers can provide venture firms and their portfolio companies with assistance in entity selection and formation, commercial agreements, intellectual property, employee benefits and compensation, corporate law and governance, finance, venture capital and private equity, private and public offerings, mergers and acquisitions and tax planning, among others. Its cross-disciplinary teams provide substantial value when advising a startup or emerging growth business and planning for its growth.
With 177 lawyers located in eight offices throughout Michigan, Varnum Law serves members of Michigan’s entrepreneurial and investment community with innovative programs and high quality legal counsel and has been a member of MVCA since 2016. Varnum assists emerging companies with all aspects of raising capital, as well as entity formation, shareholder agreements, intellectual property and employment matters. They also work directly with venture capital firms, private equity funds, banks and other lending organizations on their legal needs.
Bodman law firm is best known for providing sophisticated, creative and practical solutions to some of the region’s most successful companies and wealthiest individuals on a broad range of issues. The firm’s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital practice assists venture capital funds and angel investors who are looking to invest in and partner with promising companies. As business advisors, Bodman attorneys can provide emerging companies with pragmatic, down-to-earth advice that is aimed to place clients in the best position for future success.
With more than 500 attorneys across 14 offices in 9 states, Frost Brown Todd represents emerging technology, tech-enabled and life science companies from concept to exit, and the investors that fund them along the way. Frost Brown Todd’s Venture Capital team assist founders with formation, capital raising, building the team, and commercializing and protecting intellectual property assets. As trusted advisors, Frost Brown Todd’s venture capital attorneys act as liaisons between clients and the firm’s broader team of attorneys focused on distinct areas of the law. Frost Brown Todd is consistently recognized for delivering excellent client service, being extremely responsive, digging deep and finding answers quickly—not just during periods of stability, but in times of uncertainty and disruption as well.
Gunderson Dettmer is the only business law firm of its kind—singularly focused on the global venture capital and emerging technology marketplace. With more than 220 attorneys in nine offices—Silicon Valley, Ann Arbor, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Beijing, and Singapore—Gunderson Dettmer represents more than 2,000 high-growth companies from a broad range of industries in every stage of development. The firm provides clients with counsel on general corporate and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, financings, intellectual property and commercial agreements, strategic alliances, executive compensation, and tax matters, combining a deep market knowledge with strong industry relationships to provide practical, business-oriented counsel designed for the needs of the emerging-growth company marketplace.
An MVCA member since 2009, Pepper Hamilton’s connection to the Michigan venture and entrepreneurial community goes much further back than that, when Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) law experts at Pepper Hamilton advised Michigan’s earliest venture funds and helped usher the state’s venture capital industry into existence. Decades later, Pepper Hamilton is still an important partner to Michigan venture funds and their portfolio companies, with one of the country’s largest and most active SBIC practices in the country. Pepper Hamilton lawyers have assisted more than 260 SBICs with obtaining licensing since 1994, advising on fund formation, including structuring funds and raising private capital; regulatory issues; fund investment activities; and systematic improvements to the SBIC Program.
Beginning in 1996 with a simple mission–to give Ann Arbor businesses a local banking option–Bank of Ann Arbor has grown to become the city’s second-largest bank, with a major presence throughout Washtenaw County and Southeast Michigan. Bank of Ann Arbor’s Technology Industry Group, celebrating 15 years in 2017, provides a full range of banking and investment management products to emerging and later-stage information technology, advanced manufacturing and life sciences companies, venture capital firms, and angel investors. Its business financing solutions for growing companies include: working capital lines of credit, equipment financing, commercial real estate mortgages, acquisition financing, sale and purchase leasing options, letters of credit and business credit cards. For venture capital firm clients, capital call lines of credit have proven to be an especially valuable service offered by the Bank.
Fishman Stewart is a premier specialty law firm that identifies, secures, and advances the creativity of its clients to accomplish their business goals. In addition to the firm’s decades of legal expertise, many of its attorneys also have advanced technical degrees and associated practical work experience. As strategic advisers to CEOs and senior executives throughout the world, Fishman Stewart helps to maximize the value of “intellectual capital.” Patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and other forms of intellectual property are key elements of a company’s business strategy; managed effectively, they can protect new product lines, increase market share and head off competition.
For more than 145 years, Kerr Russell has been a fixture in Michigan’s legal landscape. Our focus is set on helping clients take on challenges and seize opportunities in order to fuel their success. Kerr Russell is respected for our high standards, the quality of our work, and our professional ethics and integrity. Our attorneys have extensive experience advising clients on a wide variety of M&A, financing, capital raise and joint venture transactions representing purchasers, sellers/targets, issuers, individuals, financial institutions, and borrowers, among others. We provide a comprehensive array of services for all phases of a transaction to obtain the best possible result for each client.
Plante Moran has built a national practice from their Midwestern footprint and has become the 14th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm in the country. Via their multidisciplinary engagement teams, clients work with professionals with a range of expertise to solve problems in a variety of areas including commercial diligence, cybersecurity, medical device consulting /commercialization operations, tax and accounting, employee benefits, global sourcing, or mergers and acquisitions.
Founded on a handshake in 1931, Warner Norcross + Judd is a premier Michigan law firm focused on delivering exceptional results for a diverse set of clients both nationally and internationally. With eight offices throughout Michigan and over 200 attorneys, Warner Norcross + Judd has a variety of practice areas with highly specialized attorneys. Emerging businesses, angel investors, venture funds, family offices, foundations, and pension funds throughout the Midwest find the firm’s first-class services accessible and affordable. Compliance Corner, the firm’s hub for registered investment advisors, provides up-to-date information from the SEC, FINRA and state regulatory agencies that may warrant these clients’ careful consideration and immediate action.