Trent Dykes

Trent Dykes

DLA Piper

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Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report

CB Insights recently released its Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report, which analyzed private company investment and exit activity over the past five years. The report collected data from all activity sources,...more

7/9/2014 - Accelerators Angel Investors Funding Incubators Private Equity Startups Venture Capital

Seattle Office Real Estate Market Review for Q1 2014

Compliments of Jason Smith of Kidder Mathews, attached is a Seattle-area office real estate market review for Q1 2014. As the report notes, the first quarter of 2014 marks the beginning of the fifth year of the office market...more

4/24/2014 - Amazon Commercial Real Estate Market Google Real Estate Market

Angel investment trends; 2013 year in review

Yesterday, the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights released their angel group 2013 year in review, the Halo Report. The Halo Report analyzes angel investment activity and trends in the United States....more

3/28/2014 - Angel Investors Investors Small Business Startups

Franchise tax due on or before March 1 for Delaware corporations: two methods of calculation, two vastly different results

Just a reminder to those who have Delaware corporations, your annual report and franchise tax payment are both due on or before March 1 (which falls on a Saturday this year). At this point, you have likely already received...more

1/29/2014 - Franchise Taxes Franchises

2013 annual venture investment dollars rise 7%

According to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), venture capitalists invested $29.4 billion in 3,995 deals in 2013, an increase of 7% in dollars and a 4%...more

1/24/2014 - Economic Development Venture Capital

Tax planning for year-end; expiration of the 100% tax exemption for gain on QSBS

Just a reminder that the temporary 100% exclusion for Federal capital gains tax on the sale of “qualified small business stock” (“QSBS”), under Section 1202 of the IRS regulations, is set to expire at the end of calendar year...more

11/7/2013 - Qualified Small Business Stock Tax Exemptions Tax Planning Year-End Planning Year-End Tax Planning

Overview of Proposed SEC Crowdfunding Rules

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took an important step in making securities-based crowdfunding a reality for many small companies with the release of its proposed rules governing crowdfunding. ...more

10/24/2013 - Crowdfunding JOBS Act SEC

The One Mistake Startup Entrepreneurs Always Make - A Legal Perspective...

In your experience working with startup entrepreneurs, what's the one mistake they make time and again? The answer to that question of course varies greatly, depending on whom you ask - and, for legal perspective, we...more

10/24/2013 - Business Formation Legal Perspectives Shareholders' Agreements Startups

SEC operating status in light of federal government shutdown

The SEC is currently open and operational despite the recent federal government shutdown. So far the federal government shutdown has not slowed the proposed Twitter IPO, as their Form S-1 registration statement was posted to...more

10/4/2013 - Government Shutdown SEC

Emerging Growth and Venture Capital News - Fall 2013

NEW SEC GENERAL SOLICITATION AND “BAD ACTOR” RULES RE PRIVATE STOCK SALES NOW IN EFFECT - New Securities and Exchange Commission rules concerning private stock sales are now in effect. Under these rules, for...more

10/2/2013 - Advertising Bad Faith College Athletes Data Collection General Solicitation JOBS Act Minors Private Equity Regulation D Right of Publicity Rule 506 Offerings SEC

Demo Days, Pitch Events and the New Reg D

I. Introduction / Background - With the passage of the JOBS Act, the regulation governing most private securities offerings is undergoing a dramatic makeover. Congress tasked the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

9/24/2013 - Advertising Angel Investors General Solicitation JOBS Act Regulation D SEC Startups

In re Trados: What happens when common gets nothing?

This morning, Delaware Chancery Court Vice Chancellor Laster issued his highly anticipated, post-trial decision in In re Trados Incorporated Shareholder Litigation, C.A. No. 1512-VC (August 16, 2013), where the directors who...more

8/19/2013 - Common Stock Preferred Shares Private Equity Shareholder Litigation

Seattle Office Real Estate Market Review for Q2 2013

Compliments of Jason Smith of Kidder Mathews, attached is a Seattle-area office real estate market review for Q2 2013. As the report notes, the second quarter of 2013 continued the trends of the first quarter, although, while...more

7/23/2013 - Commercial Leases Land Developers Leases Real Estate Market

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