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House Passes the Fostering Innovation Act

On May 23, 2016, the House passed H.R. 4139, the Fostering Innovation Act, by voice vote. The bill had passed the House Financial Services Committee on March 2, 2016....more

Rocky Mountain Securities Conference: Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage

Given the security industry’s increased use of information technology and the constant evolution of cyber threats, cybersecurity will continue to demand significant attention from regulators and industry participants in the...more

Pharmaceutical Company Reaches Preliminary Agreement in Principle to Resolve DOJ and SEC Investigations

So On May 12, 2016, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announced that it has reached “preliminary agreements in principle” with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to resolve the...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - May 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, There is an ancient Chinese proverb that goes like this: When the wind changes direction, there are those that build walls and there are those that build windmills. In the...more

MoFo BioMeter, Volume 5, Issue 1

The full-year 2015 BioMeter paints the picture of a strong year for biotechnology, but deeper analysis shows a cautionary trend. The average BioMeter value for the entire year across all transactions reporting up-front...more

Q1 2016 IPO Market Review

The first quarter of 2016 produced a meager eight IPOs with gross proceeds of $667 million. Only once over the prior 12 years has the first quarter produced a lower tally—there were only two new offerings in the glum...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley for Edge in Artificial Intelligence - Tech companies and law enforcement do not always get along, but the military is...more

Tips for Expanding Your Investor Network from Coast to Coast

With a competitive marketplace, new technology companies may find that they need more capital to accelerate their company’s growth. The question becomes how to effectively approach investors outside the company’s geographical...more

Key Data Privacy and Security Concerns for Investment Firms

Privacy and data security concerns are among the most critical issues facing investment funds, advisors and managers (collectively, “investment firms”). This article outlines the privacy and data security challenges...more

Blockchain: Bitcoin and Beyond

Consensus 2016, the second annual blockchain technology summit, was held in New York last week. Presented by CoinDesk and Digital Currency Group in collaboration with Coin Center, the conference was a meet-up for bitcoin...more

Selling a Company: Important Considerations as Discussed by the Experts

As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility of exiting their companies, there are multiple factors they must consider. On May 3rd at FoleyTECH Chicago 2016, four seasoned entrepreneurs came together to discuss...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - First Quarter 2016

Background - We analyzed the terms of 148 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2016 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Results - The weakening in valuations that began in...more

5 Tips to Build Strong Relationships with Investors

The startup founder/investor relationship is a marriage of sorts. Like any long-term union, there are ups and downs, and it requires effort and commitment to maintain a strong and lasting relationship. When the...more

SEC Prevails In Jury Trial Against Former CEO of Drug Firm

The SEC prevailed at trial against the former CEO of a biopharmaceutical company on claims that he made false and misleading statements regarding the regulatory approval status of the firm’s only drug. Following a two week...more

To be prepared is half the victory

In the second in our series of alerts relating to drug pricing, we identify several considerations and potential actions that a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company can take to address the current headwinds impacting...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Postscript: Bill Campbell, 1940-2016 - He may not be the most globally famous person who passed away this week, but Bill Campbell’s quiet influence on...more

6 Tips for Chicago Startups Seeking Funding Outside Chicago

Chicago startups have more local funding options than ever before. However, many founders remain hungry to obtain funding from elsewhere—especially from the venture-rich east and west coasts. Trouble is, for reasons both...more

Be Careful What You Say – Or Rather What You Don’t Say – AVEO Pays $4 Million to SEC to Settle Fraud Charges

In March 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company, agreed, without admitting or denying the allegations, to pay $4 million to...more

The SEC’s Increasing Use of Data Analysis

The Commission has increasingly focused on data analysis as an aid to its enforcement program. Two recent cases brought against investment advisers for cherry picking illustrate different facets of the approach....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - April 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Beneath the Hype: Why Developers & Entrepreneurs Should Be Excited About the Rise of Chat Bots - Last week we featured autonomous hardware as a growth area...more

Registration of Associated Persons with Algorithmic Trading Responsibilities

On April 7, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's (“FINRA”) proposal to amend NASD Rule 1032 (Categories of Representative Registration) to require...more

The SEC Approves a FINRA Rule Amendment Requiring Registration of Associated Persons Who Design or Develop Algorithmic Trading...

On April 7, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments to NASD Rule 1032(f) which will require registration as Securities Traders of associated persons who are primarily responsible for the design,...more

UK Government Announces Steps to Support UK FinTech Growth

The Economic Secretary to the UK Treasury, Harriett Baldwin, gave a speech at the 2016 Innovate Finance Global Summit in London. The Economic Secretary announced certain policies that the UK Government had adopted to support...more

3D Printing: Where’s the Money Coming From?

Based on research we deployed, here is a general report. Like any industry, 3D printing took a while to find solid footing, but in recent years it has gained notable attention. Since 2011, 3D printing companies raised...more

CFTC Commissioner advocates minimal regulation of blockchain technology, letting private sector lead

On March 29, 2016, J. Christopher Giancarlo, the Commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, spoke at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation 2016 Blockchain Symposium. His speech encouraged...more

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