Financing Your Craft Beverage Company

One of the most daunting tasks for new and existing craft beverage companies is securing financing. While there are myriad ways to raise capital, including “friends and family” fundraising, small business loans, angel investors, venture capital, and even private equity, each of these has its pros and cons from a legal and business perspective. One must factor in immediate capital needs, long-term revenue projections, succession planning, and, of course, legal obligations and issues, in raising capital. This panel will provide an overview of the legal and business issues that arise in raising capital, and how best to structure such investments. The panel will also discuss corporate and LLC formation and investment structures.


  • Understand the pros and cons, from a legal and business perspective, on different capital-raising methods
  • Gain an understanding of the laws on soliciting and obtaining financing
  • Identify tips on formation and investment structures



Richard Lyons

Partner Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP

Eugene Pak

Partner Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP

Brian Kerester

Partner Wood Warren & Co.