How to Plan and Implement a Successful Exit Strategy!

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The most important event of a startup company’s life is the exit, meaning the sale or initial public offering. At exit, the founders and team may cash out and realize the benefits of many long years of hard work. The M&A market is strong now, and many startup companies are actively seeking a buyer. Other startup companies should be preparing for an eventual sale by taking steps to increase their marketability and limit the risk of a failed acquisition.

This presentation will cover:

1) When to start thinking about an exit

2) How to ensure the maximum after-tax returns to the sellers

3) Transitioning from being a founder to becoming an employee of an acquirer

4) Using earn outs to maximize sales proceeds

5) How to retain your most valuable asset – people – until a sale occurs

6) Using intellectual property to make your company an attractive target

and more!

The speaker is Silicon Valley attorney Roger Royse who will address not only the legal aspects of preparing for M&A but also the practical business and planning issues involved in a successful sale.

Please come with questions, scenarios, and comments.


6:30 pm to 7:00 pm Check In, Food, Networking Reception

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Program

8:30 pm to 9:00 pm More Networking

About the Speaker

Roger Royse is the founder of Royse Law Firm, PC, a business and tax law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California ( ( Roger practices in the areas of corporate and securities law, domestic and international tax, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation. His clients include international emerging and middle-market companies and high net worth individuals. Roger has represented companies in a variety of industries, including clean tech, Internet, life sciences, entertainment and new media, sports, real estate, retail and mobile devices and applications. Practicing since 1984, Roger’s background includes work with prominent San Francisco Bay area law firms as well as Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy in New York City. Roger is an adjunct professor at the Golden Gate University Law School Tax program (Corporate, International, Property Transactions) and is a frequent speaker, writer, radio guest, blogger and panelist for bar associations, CPA organizations, and business groups. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo.

If you have questions about the content of this presentation, you can reach Roger at:


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