We counsel entrepreneurs through the entire corporate life cycle. The entrepreneur solutions allow businesses to operate in full compliance, so they can focus on the bigger picture. The main areas include the following:
Intellectual property protection
For entrepreneurs, intellectual property is a core asset and provides a competitive edge in their market. The intellectual property rights (‘IPR’) team does not simply register, we formulate strategies to protect and economically leverage IPR across jurisdictions. Our previous cases include IPRS layout, defence strategy, infringement analysis, cross-border rights and technology disputes, and alternative dispute resolutions.
Establishing the correct company structure is imperative. The right establishment positions a robust foundation for business development and scaling up. In the pre-investment stage, we define items such as entity type, the investors, the business scope, the amount, the type and schedule of investment, the governing rules, governing authority, and so forth. Therefore, items such as rights, governance, and liabilities are clearly stipulated to substantially reduce related risks and disputes - especially with multiple stakeholders.
License and qualification
Incorporation involves the application of various licenses and qualifications. Often entrepreneurs overlook the importance and its role in the company's development. Our incorporation specialists work alongside legal professionals to secure the proper license and qualification based on the business plan and conduct regular renewals or inspections as required by the relevant regulator.
Understanding and implementing well-written employment contracts reduces labour disputes or prolonged litigations. At Horizons, we craft written labour contracts that include mandate clauses such as the term of validity, job duties, remunerations, disciplines, liabilities, work and rest arrangements, insurances, as well confidentiality agreements, and non-competition clauses to safeguard company know-how and interests. Additionally, we standardise employee management through the employee handbook, which ensures employees are onboarded, managed, and dismissed according to the labour and labour contract laws, rules and regulations.
Contracts and Agreements
Prior to signing a contract, conducting due diligence of the counterparty verifies their business and legal qualification, credit status, and capabilities to execute obligations. The Corporate team composes and reviews contracts with great attention to the legal rights and obligations of both parties. We also implement contract management policies to preserve legal documents and related materials evidencing contractual performance. Such follow-up reduces legal risks and critical materials in arising litigations.