00353 61 501100 info@hdm.ie




Hogan Dowling McNamara Solicitors Limerick are skilled at representing start-up and early stage companies and steering owners through the pitfalls of their first rounds of fundraising. We guide clients through the start-up phase, advise them on the steps involved in setting up and running a business, and represent their interests to secure the business’ future.

The services we provide to start-up and early-stage companies include:

  • Incorporation.
  • Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).
  • Intellectual property undertakings/protection.
  • Advising on terms and conditions of employment and drafting contracts.
  • Appraising heads of terms/letter of intent from investors (VC’s, state agency, private equity and venture debt).
  • Reviewing subscription and shareholders agreements with investors and completing fundraising rounds.
  • Registering trademark applications and advices in respect of cease and desist letters.
  • Reviewing know-how and/or patent licence agreements for spin-outs from third-level educational institutions.
  • Facilitating Enterprise Ireland (EI) investments.


We act for a variety of start-up and early stage companies.

We advised a start-up business in the food industry on a broad range of issues, including:

  • Negotiating a research and development agreement and a manufacturing agreement. This included advising on the protection of trade secrets/ know-how and copyright issues.
  • Applications for community trademarks.
  • Advice in respect of website use and content, terms and conditions for third-party use and comparative advertising issues.
  • Drafting a share subscription and shareholders agreement with private investors and Enterprise Ireland and dealing with follow-on investments.
  • Drafting employment policies and procedures and employment contracts.

Hogan Dowling McNamara Solicitors represented a number of early stage medtech companies including by:

  • Advising on a series of fundraising rounds from a number of private investors, a VC and Enterprise Ireland. We dealt with term sheets and various subscription and shareholders agreements.
  • Advising on all issues relating to the various investment rounds including all company law issues on a restructuring of the shareholder base that involved the exit of a VC.
  • Drafting employment policies and procedures, employment contracts, consultancy contracts, service contracts with directors and advised in respect of shares option schemes and other incentive arrangements.
  • Reviewing and amending international distribution contracts and key supplier contracts.

Please contact us by phone at 061 501100, email Keith Hogan, Partner at khogan@hdm.ie or get a call back by completing our contact form so we can provide you with further information or advice.

Our specialists in this area are:


Keith Hogan
00353 61 501100

Siobhan Buckley
00353 61 501100