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The Ins And Outs Of Joint Venture Agreements

In this presentation: - What is a joint venture? - Advantages and disadvantages of using a joint venture - Starting a joint venture - Step 1: Find the right partner - Step 2: Ensure the JV...more

Can You Have A Partnership Of One And Why The Answer Matters To Joint Ventures

Companies can come in all different shapes and sizes. They can be traditional C corporations, limited liability companies, general partnerships, limited partnerships, S corporations, joint ventures (“JVs”) or various...more

Cartel Fines: Liability of Private Equity Funds

The European Commission has held Goldman Sachs jointly and severally liable for a cartel infringement committed by Prysmian, an Italian cable maker formerly owned by Goldman Sachs’ private equity arm. The decision is a stark...more

Commission Holds Goldman Sachs Liable for Former Portfolio Company’s Antitrust Infringement

In its decision of 2 April 2014 in relation to the underground and submarine high voltage power cables cartel case, the European Commission (Commission) held the parent companies of the producers involved liable, on the basis...more

Dissenter Rights Create Trend of Investors Driving Higher Prices and Gaining Interest

Two recent high-profile shareholder rights cases in the Delaware Chancery Court have received a lot of attention due to the money that is at stake and the individuals in the disputes. These two cases, along with several other...more

Finance Bill 2014 Published

The U.K. government has today published the final text of the 2014 Finance Bill. As discussed in our previous Alert, issued on March 19, the Finance Bill includes...more

Pre-formation Investments: Thinking Ahead

Investors in private equity funds (Funds) typically invest in blind pools, under which passive investors commit to invest a designated amount of cash in a Fund over an investment period while relying solely upon the Fund’s...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: The Bahamas

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is an archipelago spanning 100,000 square miles extending southeast from Florida to northern Hispaniola. The Bahamas has an estimated land area of 5,382 square miles made up of 700 islands ...more

In Lawson, Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Contractors

On March 4, 2014, in Lawson v. FMR, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a public company’s private contractors can be covered under the whistleblower protections of Section 806 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The Supreme Court’s...more

Private Equity Newsletter - Winter Edition 2014: Limited Partner Co-investment Heats Up

It seems that co-investment by limited partners is more popular than ever. According to a recent study by Preqin, 43% of Limited Partners tracked by Preqin are actively seeking co-investment opportunities and 11% more are...more

Shareholders Have an Absolute Right to an Auditor and to Audited Financial Statements - Financial Hardship is Irrelevant, Says...

In a decision released on January 29, 2014, the B.C. Court of Appeal ruled that companies incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act must, by operation of law, appoint an auditor, and thereafter produce annual...more

FAQ for Entrepreneurs

You’re an entrepreneur and you have a great idea for a new product. Or maybe you’ve already created a product, like an app, and have sold it to several customers. So, when should you talk to a lawyer and what should you ask?...more

New PRC Policies on Annual Inspection

On February 19, 2014 the state-level General Administration for Industry and Commerce (the “AIC“) issued a notice to officially cancel the annual inspection for all types of enterprises including domestic entities,...more

Business Focus: Key Issues in Joint Ventures

Introduction. A joint venture (JV) typically consists of an association of two or more people and/or entities with a view to sharing the profit or loss of a business venture in accordance with the JV agreement. Joint...more

Random Thoughts on the Heels of Another Cold and Snowy Winter Day…

Is it just me, or has the financing activity for early stage companies picked up recently? I don’t have any empirical data to support that observation, just some anecdotal evidence. We are working on several financing...more

Comparison of Typical MLP and Yieldco Structures

The rise of master limited partnerships (MLPs) as an asset class has coincided with investors’ desire for stable and growing cash flow. In 2013, there were 21 initial public offerings (IPOs) of MLPs and more are on the way in...more

Death of the Salaried Partner? Wide Ranging Changes to LLP Member Taxation To Come Into Force on 6 April 2014

Wide ranging changes to the way in which LLP members are taxed are due to take effect on 6 April 2014. LLPs and their members, particularly those in professional service and private equity/fund management firms, should,...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Singapore

1. What role does the government of Singapore play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT - Save for the restrictions discussed under Question 5, there is generally no...more

Do Misstated Financial Statements Cause CEOs To Speed?

Should companies look into the driving records of the CEOs that they hire? Robert H. Davidson, Aiyesha Dey, and Abbie Smith answer that question in a forthcoming Journal of Economics paper. These authors examined a sample...more

IRS Creates New Disregarded Entity Exclusion from Debt Cancellation Income

The IRS has announced a new safe harbor from the discharge of debt income rules. Debt that is cancelled, discharged or forgiven is generally taxable as income, but there are exceptions. Under one exception, certain...more

Florida’s New LLC Act from the Lender’s Perspective

Last year, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act (the New Act) into law. The New Act, which is codified in new Chapter 605 of the Florida Statutes, is a complete rewrite of the...more

Preparation for 2013 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2014 Annual Shareholder Meetings

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Philippines

1. What role does the government of the Philippines play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The following Philippine government agencies are involved in approving and/or regulating foreign direct...more

Venture Perspectives - New England Outlook: Third Quarter 2013

Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings Included in this Issue: ..Activity Level of New England Transactions: Q3 2012 -Q3 2013 - All Rounds ..Activity Level of New England Seed ...more

A New Way to Unwind (Leveraged Partnership Structures): Treasury and IRS Propose Draconian Changes to the Partnership Liability...

On January 29, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations that would dramatically change the manner in which partnership liabilities are allocated among the partnership’s partners under IRC § 752 (the Proposed...more

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