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Legally protecting your business in a downturn




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May 19, 2020 • 2:30PM EST

Why you should take this workshop

When a recession hits, the first order of business for any founder is to evaluate all aspects of the business to determine what is vulnerable to risk and what will thrive. While we look first at the more obvious aspects like cash flow, operating expenses, and debt management, we should also take a look at the ways you can protect yourself legally. As a startup Founder, there are several legal options to help you protect your business in case of a downturn from revisiting your business structure to contract negotiations to insurance. There's no time like the present to get your legal ducks in a row! Join IFundWomen and Outside General Counsel, Hayley Nivelle, for this workshop on how to legally protect your business in a downturn. 


  • 45 minutes of course instruction on how to legally protect your business from Hayley Nivelle, Esq.; 15 minutes of open Q&A

  • Access to the live replay in the IFundWomen workshop library

What you will learn: 

  • The legal pros and cons of certain business structures and what structure will be most protective to you as the owner
  • How to handle contracts and contract negotiations with your vendors (rent, manufacturers, suppliers, agencies, etc.)
  • The basics of business insurance and the protection it can provide

Course lessons


Your Business Structure

Choosing the right business structure can not only protect you from significant liability down the road, but can also save you time and money as your business grows. Learn about business structures so you can decide which is best for your business.

Contracts & Negotiation

Do you need a contract if you trust the other party? The answer is almost always yes. Learn why contracts matter, which ones to prioritize and what you should look for when you’re reviewing one.

Business Insurance

Business insurance can go a long way towards shielding your business if the s&*% hits the fan. Learn about a few basic types of insurance and how they can protect your business.

About the coach

Hayley Nivelle has been a corporate lawyer in NYC for over 10 years. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Hayley started her career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a top ten national law firm, where she negotiated multi million dollar deals on behalf of her clients. After too many nights sleeping under her desk, Hayley left to become the Associate General Counsel of ION Media Networks, a broadcasting company that owns and operates over 60 television stations in most major American markets. From there, Hayley became the Chief Corporate & Commercial Counsel at Ubiquiti Networks, a multi billion dollar publicly traded technology company. While working, the startup bug hit her and she started her own company on the side--where she developed a communication app for groups.

Hayley is now the principal of Nivelle Law where she works as Outside General Counsel to  startup founders and growing businesses to help them set up their business, raise money, and ensure they are protected during their day to day operations and growth phases. 

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