Norton Rose Fulbright’s Canadian emerging business program offers accelerating technology companies and start-ups in complex global markets a way to move forward.

With deep tech sector knowledge and a global platform, our lawyers offer customized service plans and fixed fees. Our program is available to ventures that have been accepted through our admission process. We look forward to learning about your business, tech opportunities and challenges.

Scale-up services

A scale-up needs more than a laser-focused vision and stellar business strategy to succeed. As you navigate uncharted waters — adding management, Boards of Directors and advisors, expanding into new geographical markets and raising capital — you also require tailored legal advice to help overcome the increasingly complex, business challenges that arise along the way.

Gaining access to this top-tier legal talent is often easier said than done, however — particularly given the broad range of legal issues a typical scale-up encounters in its lifetime. Large firms either come with a hefty price tag or simply aren’t organized in a way that can effectively accommodate scale-ups. Boutique firms, on the other hand, are swiftly outgrown — lacking the geographical reach or range of expertise necessary to accommodate aspiring global businesses.

Fortunately, there is another option: Norton Rose Fulbright. With years of experience working alongside both global scaling companies and Canada’s vibrant start-ups, we possess a unique understanding of the needs of today’s growing businesses, and provide access to the right legal talent, services and resources to help you achieve your evolutionary aspirations.

Why Norton Rose Fulbright

As one of the world’s top-ranked legal practices based in more than 50 cities across the globe, Norton Rose Fulbright offers Canadian scale-ups and start-ups the strategic and cost-effective legal support they need to thrive in today’s complex market.

Our extensive legal expertise covers a range of areas — including a uniquely in-depth intellectual property (IP) practice as well as industry-leading corporate offerings — allowing us to nimbly address a vast range of scale-up business needs. Additionally, we have experience working with businesses in countless industry verticals, including rapidly-evolving areas like IT (including artificial intelligence and FinTech), life sciences and CleanTech, to name just a few.

Above anything else, our goal is to help our clients succeed. In the scale-up space, this means taking steps to understand how your business works, the value it adds and your future goals — and providing you with the customized support you need to reach the next level.

Benefits of working with us

High-level expertise at flexible prices: At Norton Rose Fulbright, we understand that high legal fees are a barrier for many scale-ups. That’s why we take great strides to ensure our pricing model is not only flexible, but affordable as well. Initial legal advice is never chargeable, and services are often quoted on a fixed-fee basis. And if, for whatever reason, circumstances change, we’ll always provide you with an updated fixed fee estimate for your approval.

Stronger business relationships: We’re always looking for ways to help our clients strengthen their respective businesses — and for many, this means partnering, collaborating or investing in scale-ups and start-ups. We’ve gone to great lengths to facilitate a relationship pipeline that allows our enterprise, investor, start-up and scale-up clients to establish the contacts they need to attain their overlapping business goals.

Access to global resources: Our large global footprint allows us to support Canadian scale-ups in expanding beyond our country’s borders. Not only are we well-versed in such areas as immigration, international tax, regulatory compliance and international IP laws, but we can also put you in touch with lawyers from around the world who specialize in the laws governing your specific business markets.

Whether you’re looking for legal support in the day-to-day requirements of growing your business, or need help with something a little more complex, Norton Rose Fulbright can support you throughout your scale-up journey. 

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Market recognition

Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Startups and Emerging Companies Chambers and Partners, 2024


Partner, Canadian Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare
Managing Partner, Calgary Office