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VC’s running scared – Hooli is suing Pied Piper (Episodes 9 and 10) continued

Last post I mused that had Richard taken certain steps in the first season of Silicon Valley, he might now have ammunition to use against Hooli’s lawsuit. What am I talking about? To very crudely recap what happened last...more

Intellectual Property: Crowdfunding and Confidentiality for Tech Start-Ups

I recently attended Launch Festival 2015 in San Francisco and Angel Launch’s LaunchFEST Mixer: Doing Deals with Silicon Valley—Attracting Funding, Angels, and Tech Trends in downtown Los Angeles. The events were very...more

Start-Up Pack (Belgium)

In This Issue: - Welcome - An introduction to key legal documents for start-ups - Glossary of useful venture capital and company terms - A step-by-step guide to setting up a company in Belgium - A shareholders’...more

Manufacturing Matters (UK) - Edition 11

Welcome to Manufacturing Matters, DLA Piper’s specialist publication providing a round-up of legal news, sector updates and commentary for clients and contacts engaged in the manufacturing sector. The UK Manufacturing...more

8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment

So, you’re about to raise money for the first time. Good luck! Before you start approaching VC firms for pitch opportunities, though, be aware that investors typically expect a certain amount of organization and structure...more

Venture Capital Firm Liable For "Aiding And Abetting" Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

A recent case in the California Court of Appeals underscores the dangers that await venture capital firms brave (or foolish) enough to fund companies in the midst of internal disputes. In American Master Lease LLC v Idanta...more

Startups seeking crowdfunding: Avoiding patent pitfalls

Many startup companies want to change the world with their great new ideas – but, in an effort to raise funds, some jeopardize their ability to protect those great new ideas with patents. This doesn’t have to happen. With a...more

The Building Blocks of a Technology Deal [Video]

Shearman & Sterling partner Richard Hsu explains the building blocks of a typical technology partnering deal: equity investment, technology development, licensing, manufacturing and distribution...more

Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs

In this Guide: - Guide to Starting a Corporation - Venture Capital for High Technology Companies - Angel/Seed Financing Survey – 2012: Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries - Trends in...more

Why Choose the Dual Track Process? [Video]

Chicago-based partner Cathy Birkeland explains why companies might choose the dual track Mergers and Acquisition (private confidential auction process) and Initial Public Offering process over single track. ...more

Investors Plead Guilty to Rig Bids at New Jersey Municipal Tax Auctions

Investors Plead Guilty to Rig Bids at New Jersey Municipal Tax Auctions by Frank L. Brunetti on October 3, 2013 Two financial investors who purchased municipal tax liens pleaded guilty today for their roles in a...more

New York Tops List of Cities with Optimal Business Health

New York Tops List of Cities with Optimal Business Health by Joel R. Glucksman on October 1, 2013 Some municipalities are faring better than others in the health and vitality of their businesses and consumer spending. A...more

IRS Begins Crackdown of Small Businesses

IRS Begins Crackdown of Small Businesses by Joseph M. Donegan on September 13, 2013 Small businesses may face increased scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service, which recently announced that it believes small...more

The Shift to Angel Investors – Interview with Jeremy Glaser, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Jeremy Glaser, Co-chair of Mintz Levin's Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice, discusses the shift to angel investors in initial financing rounds as venture capital funds move towards later-stage funding. ...more

The IRC §409A Minefield

The IRC §409A Minefield by James F. McDonough, Jr. on September 11, 2013 Tax professionals frequently encounter non-qualified deferred compensation plans (“NQDCA”) in the context of an estate or business. NQDCA’s...more

Kodak Receives Final Approval to Make Bankruptcy Emergence

Kodak Receives Final Approval to Make Bankruptcy Emergence by Joel R. Glucksman on September 5, 2013 Photography pioneer Eastman Kodak Co. has experienced a rough 19 months after seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection...more

CEO Succession Planning: Did Microsoft Get It Right?

CEO Succession Planning: Did Microsoft Get It Right? by Kenneth C. Oh on September 5, 2013 Steve Ballmer’s recent announcement that he was stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft Inc. made headlines across...more

NY Attorney General Wants to “Fire” Donald Trump from Education Industry

NY Attorney General Wants to “Fire” Donald Trump from Education Industry by Dan Brecher on September 3, 2013 While Donald Trump is well known for his antics on the air and in the boardroom, he may soon be spending some...more

NJ Court Rules Mediation Agreements Must Be in Writing

NJ Court Rules Mediation Agreements Must Be in Writing by Joel N. Kreizman on August 28, 2013 Going forward, parties to mediation in New Jersey must reduce their settlement agreement to writing in order for it to be...more

Spouses Should Be Aware of ‘Gift-Splitting’ Criteria when Gifting Assets

Spouses Should Be Aware of ‘Gift-Splitting’ Criteria when Gifting Assets by Frank L. Brunetti on August 26, 2013 Lawmakers' decision to both set the estate tax at $5.25 million for 2013 and increase the annual gift tax...more

Company’s Direct IPOs: Should You Take the DIY Route?

Company’s Direct IPOs: Should You Take the DIY Route? by Dan Brecher on August 22, 2013 Most companies that undertake an initial public offering (IPO) partner with an investment bank to serve as an underwriter. The role...more

NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Legal Standard for Retaliation Claims Under LAD

NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Legal Standard for Retaliation Claims Under LAD by Gary S. Young on August 5, 2013 The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently issued a key decision regarding the proofs required under the...more

A Tale of Caution: Know Your Intellectual Property Rights

On 17 May, Mrs Justice Asplin delivered a judgment in the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. The dispute concerned intellectual property rights in hedge fund computer software that was the "cornerstone of the...more

Always Be Prepared: Forecasting a Business Partner's Financial Problems and How to Prepare

As the American economy continues to slog through the ongoing Great Recession, even financially sound companies face challenges due to the continued economic malaise. In particular, a company that works with suppliers,...more

Skadden's 2013 Insights: Corporate Restructuring

The global reach of capital markets, financial difficulties in the eurozone and the multinational nature of many businesses and financial institutions have increased the importance of understanding legal, business and other...more

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