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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

Capital Infusion: Private Equity Update - May 2013

In This Issue: - DIGGING DEEPER: A Guide to Health Care Regulatory Due Diligence in Private Equity Deals 1 - Policy Spotlight: Affordable Care Act 6 - Case Spotlight: Best Practices in Down-Round Financings &...more

Carrying on Business in Canada

In This Publication: - Preface - General Information - Immigration - Investment Factors - Intellectual Property - Principal Forms of Business Entities - Taxation -...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

Los Angeles A Hotbed For Venture Capital

Watch out Silicon Valley. Startups in Los Angeles County generated impressive growth in venture capital deals during the third quarter of 2012. According to an article in the October 22, 2012 edition of the Los Angeles...more

Michael Lichtenstein on Bankruptcy & Restructuring [Video]

Michael Lichtenstein, an attorney with the law firm of Shulman Rogers, discusses the options available to companies heading into bankruptcy. Mr. Lichtenstein delves into recent proceedings involving Penn Camera and American...more

Protect Your Company — and Increase its Value With a Strategic Patent Portfolio

An important function of a business is to create value. This can take the form of value for customers, value for clients or value for investors. One form of value that is often overlooked, or delayed in terms of when it is...more

CHINA 20/20 Legal & Regulatory Developments - August 2012

In This Issue: - China’s 12th Five Year Plan for Strategic Emerging Industries - 12th Five Year Plan for Foreign Capital Utilization and Overseas Investment - NDRC Issues Draft Measures for Approval of Foreign...more

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