Pre-Incorporation Essentials

Legal essentials make a difference for your startup

A solid legal foundation helps you jumpstart your business and avoid unforeseen legal challenges, disputes and high legal fees as your company grows.

Get legal right, from the start

An entrepreneur’s journey starts before the incorporation:

The initial idea is formed. Potential co-founders decide to work together. The first product or service version is tested. Legal isn’t a major concern yet, but there are some very essential questions and entrepreneurs face at this stage.

Fail fast, fail often rarely applies for legal:

Taking the wrong fundamental decisions at the start almost always leads to more legal challenges and significantly higher legal fees.

Pre-incorporation package

With our pre-incorporation package we help founders to solve the essential questions with our proven CRICH Model in the five major legal areas (Corporate, Regulatory, Intellectual Property, Contracts and HR) and make the right decisions moving forward:


What is the best legal form for the venture?

At what stage should I incorporate a business?

Where should I incorporate (country / canton)?

Do we need a co-founder’s agreement?

How do I get funding for my startup?


Can I start working on my venture while working for another company?

How will the co-founders get paid?

Is there a minimum salary I have to pay?

What is the ideal tax setup for me as a founder?

Can I hire people abroad?


Are there any regulatory / legal obstacles to execute the idea?

What is the cost of compliance for my business plan?


Can I already sign contracts for the startup before incorporation?

What happens to those contracts after the incorporation?

Who is liable before and after the incorporation?

Intellectual property

How do I protect my business idea?

What happens with the IP that is generated before incorporation?

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Pre-incorporation package deliverables

Kick-off call

20-mins kick-off call with one of our legal experts.

Intellectual property strategy

We provide you with and guide you through our IP strategy canvas that helps you protect your IP for a sustainable competitive advantage.

Founder agreement

Ensure you and your co-founders are aligned and any intellectual property created belongs to the future company.

Non-disclosure agreement (NDA)

With our standard NDAs, you can restrict potential partners from using your business idea.

Company guide

Which legal form is the right one for your startup? AG vs. GmbH vs. sole proprietorship.

Employment check

If you are still in an employment relationship, we check the agreement for you to ensure you are allowed to work on your startup.

Legal expert consultation

One-hour consultation with one of our legal experts.


CHF 650 Flat Fee (excl. VAT)

Regulatory sanity check

We review your business model and point out potential regulatory restrictions and licensing requirements.

LEXR provided us excellent services at very affordable costs and was always quick to react to our special wishes and change requests.

Robert LaukoCEO & Founder, Liquity

About us

We’re a growing team of 10+ legal professionals – our fundraising experts include:

  • 1

    Michele is focused on corporate and commercial law and has a strong background in M&A transactions. At LEXR he advises Swiss and international founders, start-ups and investors – from incorporation to the first investment rounds, risk financing, complex business transactions and exits.

    Michele Vitali, Head of Startup Financing and Venture Capital

  • 2

    Christian has advised tech-companies and regulated industries on all legal matters and has built a strong track record on helping startups to get off the ground and get funded.

    Christian Meisser, CEO & Legal Counsel

  • 3

    Max has advised many startups and gained substantial experience in the financial industry. With his business-minded approach to financial markets, corporate and AML laws, Max is an ideal partner for your fiat and crypto-related startup endeavour.

    Maximilian Krähenbühl, Legal Counsel

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