Startups & Open innovation

A dynamic, multitalented team that understands startups



At Garrigues, we believe that you don’t have to wear sneakers to be creative or innovative; the fundamental thing is to understand client needs and keep up with technology trends in order to deliver the best solution. To do this we rely on the best in the business, a team of young lawyers with a multidisciplinary background that speak the same language as startups, and we approach members of the startup ecosystem to offer top-level advice.

Innovation is and has always been one of Garrigues’ hallmarks. We offer multilateral advice and detailed knowledge of cutting-edge technologies as well as market innovation environments. We have designed specific collaboration models for startups, accelerators and venture capital funds. We also have an extensive global network of own offices, enabling us to accompany our clients in their international expansion.

We advise members of the digital ecosystem and the leading technology firms. The Startups & Open Innovation service brings together different teams and initiatives in order to deliver greater value to our clients.

Our services

Analysis and assessment of risks at disruptive businesses.

Drafting of corporate bylaws, shareholders’ agreements, terms and conditions for the startup’s participation in incubators and accelerators, funding, alternative funding (venture debt), and assistance in due diligence processes.

Design of the worldwide intangible asset protection strategy (trademarks, patents, software, databases, know-how), protection afforded by registration, confidentiality agreements, technology transfer and development agreements, licenses and licensing of intangible assets, reports on the IP rights of startups in acquisition processes, open source software and dispute resolution.

Negotiation with collecting societies, advice on advertising campaigns, contracts with influencers, social media, new forms of publicity, Google Ads, and online reputation.

Management of information as an asset, particularly as regards personal data in business activities, advice on compliance with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and defense in proceedings involving regulators in different jurisdictions.

Prevention of cybersecurity risks, emergency assistance in the event of cyber attacks, support in the stages following a cyberattack (notifications, communications, complaints and legal claims).

Spanish corporate income tax review to check the correct application of international double taxation credits and technology tax incentives, tax treatment of workers posted to other countries, personal tax advice to partners on the entry of other investors, tax incentives for investing in startups and assistance with correct application of nonresident income tax.

Creation and startup of new companies, labor-related subsidies and reductions applicable to newly-created companies and during the growth stage, impact of digital transformation on labor relations, through phenomena such as teleworking, remote working and smart working, implementation of measures for the effective use of technology and communication resources in the area of labor relations, IT tool user protocols, video surveillance systems or geolocation devices, and incentive plans.

The most valuable companies in the digital economy base their competitive edge on innovation. Effective management of intellectual and industrial property is key, since it is the tool that enables them to hold exclusive rights in the assets where innovation lies. Some of the questions we should be asking include: How can algorithms be protected? What rights are needed to create a content platform? Who owns works created using AI? How can big data be protected? What precautions should be taken when acquiring a technology firm?

Global head

Mário Lino Dias

+351 213 821 200



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