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An Emerging Trend in Early-Stage Company Financing? – After Years of Growing Ubiquity of Convertible Notes, a Return to Priced...

After years of increasing acceptance of and reliance on convertible note financings as a mechanism for funding early-stage companies, we have noted a clear emerging trend away from such transactions (and others like them,...more

Factoring Convertible Debt into your Next Equity Round Price

In the past we’ve talked about structuring and maintaining capitalization tables and thresholds and mechanics involved in converting convertible notes into equity. It makes sense that convertible notes would impact a...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2016 Edition: New Proposed Regulations Increase Scrutiny on Related-Party Debt

New rules recently proposed by the U.S. Treasury Department (“Treasury”) and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) would re-characterize purported debt instruments as equity instruments, and could have significant implications...more

Convertible Debt Term Sheets – What Companies Need to Know

Convertible debt is a type of financing companies frequently seek as a prelude to their first significant preferred equity financing, or as a bridge round between equity financings. A convertible debt round will typically...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

IRS Proposes Updates to Rules for Deemed Distributions of Stock and Stock Rights

On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations under Section 305(c) of the Internal Revenue Code that would resolve certain issues relating to the amount and timing of deemed distributions...more

2016 Venture Capital Report

The 2016 Venture Capital Report provides an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns, and a look at trends in venture capital...more

Preferred Equity Financing Term Sheets – What Companies Need to Know

As a founder of a startup, receiving your first venture capital term sheet can be one of the most exciting times in the early life of your company. Knowing that potential investors believe in your team and your company enough...more

Observable Networks Secures $1.625 Million In Convertible Debt Funding From DH Capital and Vectis II

St. Louis, MO – February 19, 2016 — Observable Networks Inc., an emerging leader in advanced threat detection services, today announced it has closed $1.625 million in convertible debt funding from investors arranged by DH...more

Unlocking the SAFE – An Alternative to Convertible Notes

With the increasing level of investment in emerging companies, entrepreneurs are being presented with a wider range of financing documents. One of the relatively newer financing instruments is the “SAFE” (simple agreement for...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Newest VCs: 7-Eleven, Vitamin Shoppe, JetBlue Airways launch venture operations - Looking for a one-stop shop for slurpees and early stage investment?...more

Seed Investing: Understanding the Landscape - Part III

In this final installment of our series on seed instruments, we explore the Simple Agreement for Future Equity. Startup accelerator Y Combinator (YC) introduced a new seed-stage investing tool, safe—an acronym for...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - January 2016

As we begin the new year, it is a good time to reflect on the emerging trends in technology that present opportunities to be explored by entrepreneurs who are considering starting new businesses and growing existing...more

Seed Investing: Understanding the Landscape - Part II

In this second post of our three-part blog series on the different types of seed instruments we will explore Series Seed. Series Seed documents were introduced by startup lawyer Ted Wang and venture capital firm...more

Seed Investing: Understanding the Landscape - Part I

Starting a company has never been easier. Technology solutions for payroll, accounting, cloud computing and payment systems have made it much cheaper to take care of the back end. ...more

New 871(m) Regulations Finalize Dividend Equivalent Payment Withholding Rules for Equity Derivatives

On September 17, 2015, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued final, temporary, and proposed regulations under section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (collectively, the “new regulations”) that provide the rules for...more

Convertible Equity: The Founder’s Alternative to Convertible Debt

Convertible debt (a loan that converts into equity upon the closing of a round of financing or other conversion event) has long been the preferred investment vehicle of early-stage investors, particularly angel investors, as...more

Tax Alert: IRS Untangles Section 163(L) in Cross-Border Hybrid Financing Transaction

“In terrorem” or anti-abuse provisions often receive a lack of judicial and administrative interpretation. Section 163(l) of the Code, enacted in 1997, is no exception, so that even now certain fundamental questions relating...more

SAFEs and KISSes Poised to Be the Next Generation of Startup Financing

Overview - In late 2013, startup accelerator Y Combinator unveiled its Simple Agreement for Future Equity (“SAFE”) investment instrument as an alternative to convertible debt. While SAFE templates appeared in...more

"So You’ve Issued Convertible Notes: Now What?"

The U.S. market for new issuances of convertible notes was very active in 2014, with approximately $51.4 billion of convertible debt issued in 140 transactions. In the first quarter of 2015, approximately $15.5 billion was...more

Converting Your Convertible Note

If you just invested in the next big thing by way of a convertible promissory note, you will want to ensure that, when it converts, you get all of the equity to which you’re entitled. Does your note convert at the valuation...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - April 2015 #5

Ninth Circuit Denies Rehearing of Northstar v. Schwab. On April 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the petition of Schwab Investments’ (Schwab) for rehearing and rehearing en banc in the case of...more

Capital Raising? 2014 Observable Trends for Seed and Early Stage Financings – AlleyWatch Reviewed Approximately 200 Capital...

As counsel to scores of companies in capital raising mode at any point in time, my colleagues and I regularly are asked questions by entrepreneurs regarding the valuations and other terms they should expect to receive from...more

Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt Part III: The Virtues of Convertible Debt for a Start-Up

Over the course of our “Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt” series, we’ve discussed the two common paths start-up companies take to structure a financing. In Part I, we discussed common stock financing and in Part II, we...more

Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt Part II: How a Convertible Debt Works

In Part I of our “Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt” series, we discussed one of the typical start-up financing structures, the sale of common stock, along with the issues that should be considered when setting a valuation....more

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