Gabor Garai

Gabor Garai

Foley & Lardner LLP

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Corporate Venture Funds: Friend or Foe?

Many large corporations have set up, or are in the process of setting up, in-house venture funds. At the same time, early and later-stage companies are looking for “smart money” investors – funds that bring strategic and...more

3/22/2016 - Corporate Professional Investors Early Stage Companies Emerging Growth Companies Fund Managers Infringement Intellectual Property Protection Investors Popular Research and Development Right of FIrst Refusal Venture Capital Young Lawyers

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #2: Stage Your Company

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

9/24/2015 - At-Will Employment Business Valuations Buyers Change of Control Confidentiality Agreements Due Diligence Exit Strategies GAAP Intellectual Property Protection Non-Compete Agreements Selling a Business Stock Options Tech Industry Vesting

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #1: Set Realistic Pricing Expectations

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

9/21/2015 - Business Valuations Buyers Due Diligence Exit Strategies Investors Pricing Sellers Terms and Conditions

Five Tips for a Successful Exit

Any number of factors can trigger a tech company’s exit: worn-out founders, anxious investors, industry consolidation, or wild, Instagram-like success. As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility and timing of...more

9/21/2015 - At-Will Employment Business Valuations Buyers Change of Control Confidentiality Agreements Crowdfunding Due Diligence EBITDA Emerging Technology Companies Equity Compensation Exit Strategies Exit Transactions GAAP Intellectual Property Protection Investment Banks Non-Compete Agreements Private Equity Funds Sellers Stock Options Venture Capital Vesting

Coming to America: Challenges in Moving Manufacturing to the U.S.

News of manufacturing companies coming to America or choosing to stay in the U.S. is plentiful of late. Why the focus on American manufacturing? And, perhaps more important, what are the legal and cultural issues facing...more

7/22/2015 - Business Formation Economic Development Immigration Procedures Job Creation Manufacturers Manufacturing Facilities Recruitment Policies Venture Capital

Coming to America Part II: Legal & Cultural Challenges for Emerging Companies

In our last post “Coming to America Part I,” we discussed why emerging companies would choose enter the US market to do business. In this post, we will discuss the many interrelated legal and cultural factors non-US companies...more

5/20/2015 - Emerging Growth Companies Strategic Planning

Coming to America Part I: Legal & Cultural Challenges for Emerging Companies

As of late, many emerging companies have decided to enter the US market. While international expansion is an important business milestone, there are multiple legal and cultural considerations companies must reflect on. In...more

5/14/2015 - Emerging Growth Companies Global Marketplace Strategic Planning

Entrepreneurs: The New Wave of Immigrants

In the last ten years, the number of US companies started by foreign-born entrepreneurs has skyrocketed. From Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zip Car and Tesla, foreign-born founders created some of the most successful US...more

10/6/2014 - Entrepreneurs Facebook Foreign Nationals Google LinkedIn Publicly-Traded Companies Startups Tech Industry Tesla Zipcar

Have Accelerators Reached Saturation Point?

A few weeks ago, I attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new MassChallenge accelerator space. There were hundreds of people there, including the founders of TechSandBox, an accelerator in Hopkinton, MA, and Smarter in...more

7/25/2014 - Accelerators Startups

Will the IPO Market Keep Its Momentum?

We’ve had a very active IPO market during the past year. A couple of reasons explain this phenomenon. First, institutional investors pulled back from the more risky initial public offerings after the crash of 2008. As the...more

6/9/2014 - Institutional Investment Investment Funds IPO Mutual Funds

The Fact and Fiction of Non-Disclosure Agreements

Entrepreneurs looking for angel or venture funding, or a strategic partnership, rely on Non-Disclosure Agreements, or NDAs, to protect their trade secrets, shield employees from poaching by the other parties, and keep...more

5/23/2014 - Confidentiality Agreements Non-Disclosure Agreement Restrictive Covenants

Beware of Clever Angels

Angel funding is a critical source of capital for early stage companies. This type of financing will typically raise from $100,000 to $1,000,000 – with even higher amounts coming from so-called “super angels.” Yet, at this...more

3/17/2014 - Angel Investors Funding Startups

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