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Structuring and Documenting Founders' Equity and Control in a Start-Up

This course focuses on issues relating to the initial ownership, equity, and control of a start-up.

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 Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Advise clients on strategies for allocating equity among founders based on their contributions, including issuances of equity and restricted equity, vesting of restricted equity, option awards, and other compensation mechanisms.
  • Assess the potential for disputes and disagreements among founders, and develop strategies for managing and resolving those disputes in a fair and efficient manner.
  • Review and update a cap table to reflect equity grants, option awards, and SAFEs.
  • Review and negotiate a founders’ stock purchase agreement

The AltaClaro Difference

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Step 1: Learn

Learn at your own pace, absorbing lessons in short, easily digested segments led by experienced practitioners.

Step 2: Do

Apply what you've learned to solve real-world client scenarios, using transaction documents derived from actual deals.

Step 3: Review

Deepen your learning in virtual review sessions with an experienced practitioner. Review model answers and ask questions.

Class Content Overview

Level: Basic-Foundational

Participants will learn how ownership is allocated and documented among the founders, including concepts such as types of equity, contributions, valuation, and vesting. They will also explore how management and control are structured depending on entity type, and the mechanisms to ensure that the governance structure reflects the founders’ intent and protects against disputes. Other concepts covered in the course include Section 83(b) elections, 409A valuations, dilution, and cap tables.

Course Details

2 CLE Credits is available for each course.
Participants will be asked to review and propose revisions to a founders’ stock purchase agreement based on a set of facts relating to a hypothetical client’s goals and concerns. Participants will be asked to focus on a series of specific concerns and identify and explain for each: (1) the relevant provision(s); (2) any revisions, deletions, or additions the participant would make to the identified provisions; (3) any additional information needed to fully respond; and (4) any other conforming edits or additional documents needed to ensure the client is adequately protected.

Instructors Who Practice What They Teach

Our vetted instructors are global practitioners with outstanding professional and educational qualifications and demonstrated achievement in their fields. All have 10+ years Big Law experience.

In addition to their accomplishments as practitioners, our instructors are also passionate about teaching. We carefully interview instructor candidates to assess personality, domain expertise and effectiveness in the classroom. Our instructors must maintain a 4.5 out of 5 rating from students.


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Praise for Our Legal Instructors

“Doug was very engaging, which was helpful and kept the review session moving.”
AM Law 200 Firm
“John had deep subject matter insight. It was an excellent class.”
AM Law 200 Firm
“Hellen did a fantastic job at meeting us at our experience level ...great war stories and practical tips.”
AM Law 200 Firm
“I really enjoyed this live session. The instructor did a great job: he seemed both well-prepared and he was genuinely engaging.”
AM Law 200 Firm
“Mick didn't just walk through the corrections but the thought process behind each change and how it would effect/protect the client.”
AM Law 200 Firm
“The instructor was great and had a lot of great insights to share.”
AM Law 200 Firm

Class material is 100% online, accessible by all standard web browsers. Use your desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone--your progress will by synced across all devices.


The class is fully asynchronous. Do the work at your own pace, turn in your assignment when you're ready, and get instant feedback via model answers and video review sessions.


Learn with dynamic, interactive modules that keep you engaged in active learning using a variety of learning modes.


Includes practical assessments throughout the class, plus a capstone assignment where you apply your skills in the context of a real-world matter.

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