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How to Build a Startup, Chicago-Style

Building a startup in Chicago differs from building one in Silicon Valley. Chicago investors, both individuals and committed venture funds, tend to be more reserved and practical, whereas coastal venture investors are more...more

New Jersey Issues Guidance on BEIP Grant Conversion

This month the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (the Authority) provided businesses with guidance, in the form of Frequently Asked Questions, on how to elect to have their unpaid Business Employment Incentive Program...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC requested comment on the development of a consolidated audit trail this week, a concept long discussed. The audit trail would enable regulators to track trading activity in the U.S. markets. Enforcement initiated...more

Surviving the Strife: How Start-Up Founders can ensure that Inevitable Friction and Departures won’t sink the Company

History is all too often repeated when start-up founders fail to plan for when (not if) they don’t see eye-to-eye. Relationship breakdowns and messy founder departures are common root causes of start-up failures. Common...more

When is a Wrongful Foreclosure Case a “SLAPP”?

California’s anti-SLAPP statute (Code of Civil Procedure section 425.16) arms a defendant with an early method to challenge a lawsuit known as a “SLAPP” — a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. SLAPPs are...more

The SEC’s New Registration Fee Estimator

The accurate and timely payment of SEC filing fees can be surprisingly challenging, particularly since it is often one of the last tasks performed in the scramble before a filing. The SEC has over the years attempted, with...more

Underwriters May Have Expertise But That Does Not Make Them “Experts”

In the LBP Holdings v. Allied Nevada Gold Corp. decision released on April 27, 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to allow the underwriters of a secondary public offering (SPO) to be added as defendants to a...more

House of Representatives Passes the HALOS Act; Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2016 is Introduced

On April 27, 2016, the House of Representatives passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups Act (H.R. 4498) (the “HALOS Act”), which was first introduced on April 16, 2015. The HALOS Act directs the SEC to amend Regulation D...more

Presidential Decree on Construction and Infrastructure Projects in Azerbaijan

The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan has approved a Law On the Implementation of Special Financing for Investment Projects in Connection with Construction and Infrastructure Facilities, dated 15 March 2016. In...more

Overview of Cap Tables

A company’s “capitalization” is, in one sense of the word, a breakdown of its ownership structure, in terms of equity and convertible debt. A new venture with just one founder, and no other parties involved yet, has the...more

New Proposed Regulations Increase Scrutiny on Related-Party Debt

The U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) and Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently issued proposed regulations (the “New Proposed Regulations”) governing the federal income tax treatment of debt between certain related...more

Tax and Non-Tax Reasons to be Cautious about “Bad Boy Nonrecourse Carve-out Guarantees” - IRS Backtracks on Recent Conclusion that...

On April 15, 2016 the IRS reversed its controversial position that bad boy guarantees may convert nonrecourse debt into recourse debt. General Legal Advice Memorandum Number AM2016-001 released April 15, 2016 effectively...more

SEC Complaint: How To Create A Manipulation Vehicle

Microcap fraud has long been a focus of SEC enforcement. Many of the cases start with a public shell followed by a reverse merger in which the promoters end up with large portions of the stock. The transaction culminated with...more

Has your business appointed a whistleblowers' champion?

If your firm is a UK deposit-taker with assets greater than £250 million, a Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) designated investment firm or a firm within the scope of Solvency II, you should have appointed a...more

Delaware Committee Formation Meeting for AF-Southeast, LLC, et al.

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: Thursday, May 5, 2016, 1:00 p.m - Case Name: AF-Southeast, LLC, et al. Case Number: 16-11008 (KG)...more

SEC Crowdfunding Rules to Become Effective May 16

Securities and Exchange Commission rules authorizing equity crowdfunding become effective May 16, 2016. Under the crowdfunding rules, an eligible company may raise up to $1 million on the internet in a 12-month period,...more

PCAOB Evaluates Audit Firm Communications with Audit Committees

On April 5, the PCAOB issued a report regarding compliance with Auditing Standard No. 16, Communications with Audit Committees (AS No. 16), based on its inspections of issuer audits during its 2014 inspection cycle. AS No. 16...more

Leaving Real Estate Investment Trusts in the Cold: How the Americold Case Could Preclude Establishing Diversity Jurisdiction in...

The Supreme Court’s most recent citizenship opinion, Americold Realty Trust v. Conagra Foods, Inc., could make removing or keeping a case in federal court based on diversity more difficult for a statutory trust with a...more

Class Certification: Halliburton II and Basic

The predicate for many securities class actions is the fraud-on-the-market theory, adopted by the Supreme Court in Basic, Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). There the Court held that a securities law plaintiff could...more

For Theranos, Life is Not All Rainbows and Unicorns: Government Conducting Criminal and Civil Investigations of Blood-Testing...

In a memorandum released on April 18, 2016, the private blood-testing company Theranos – once valued at over $9 billion – announced that it is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the...more

Colorado Mining Company Announces FCPA Investigation

Recently, a gold mining company based in Colorado disclosed in its quarterly filings an investigation of certain business activities of the company and its affiliates outside the U.S. for possible violations of the FCPA....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.27.16

Alibaba’s online payment affiliate, Ant Financial Services Group, announced late yesterday that it’s raised more than $4.5 billion from investors—boosting it to a valuation of roughly $60 billion. Beyond online payments, Ant...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2016

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q1 2016 - The first quarter of 2016 saw a continued slowdown in venture activity and correspondingly less favorable terms for venture-backed companies. The percentage of up...more

What impact will the PSC Register have on banking transactions?

On 6 April 2016 a new regime relating to "people with significant control" (the PSC Regime) came into effect. UK companies already subject to transparency and disclosure rules (through trading on a regulated market, for...more

SEC’s Views on Risk Factor Disclosures

On April 13, 2016, the SEC issued a Concept Release, Business and Financial Disclosure Required by Regulation S-K. In this release, which is part of the SEC’s initiative to review and improve its disclosure requirements, the...more

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