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General Solicitation of Investors for Your Financing: Rule 506(c) of Regulation D

Previously, we discussed a startup’s most important tool for selling debt or equity securities in compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, as amended: Rule 506(b) of Regulation D. This rule is critically important to...more

The EB-5 Program gains short-term extension in Congress

Congress recently passed a short-term extension to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (commonly known as the EB-5 Program or the Immigration Investor Program) from expiring. The EB-5 program adds versatility to the...more

Raising Capital? Don’t Forget about SEC Filings (It’s Not as Difficult as It Sounds)

The mention of "securities law and regulations" is a common, but daunting phrase that many entrepreneurs hear when they are attempting to raise money from investors for their companies. Under federal securities laws, any sale...more

Gaining Appropriate Control in Italian Minority Investments

Minority investments are an increasing feature of the Italian PE market. One key driver of minority investments is demand from many entrepreneurs, founders and small and medium-sized businesses for funding to refinance...more

What to Consider When Negotiating a Commercial Lease

The time will come when every business owner will be faced with the task of acquiring space to operate, whether it be an initial startup, a move to new space after expansion, an additional location, or even a downsize of the...more

7 Intellectual Property Issues Startup Entrepreneurs Should Not Overlook

When startups are in the whirlwind of launching a new product or strategizing a marketing plan, there are crucial intellectual property issues that should not be overlooked. Here are seven things startups should know about IP...more

Crowdfunding: A Potential Cash Source for Business That Could Make a Well-Intentioned Company's Financial State Worse

“Crowdfunding”: In broad terms, it’s a decade-old means to an end for those with bright ideas and dim financials who hope to bring an inspired cause to market. As established as the practice is, with the more recent explosion...more

Proactive Trademark Selection Can Add Value To A Company’s Assets And Avoid Problems

Incorporation typically includes registration of a corporate name. Some entrepreneurs do not realize, however, that corporate name registration alone is unlikely to provide trademark protection. Even worse, although state...more

Blog: Maintaining Control of Your Brand Among 1,200 New gTLDs

The authors of every successful business strategy know that a company must protect its trade marks and its brand from the outset. The primary means of doing so is to register trade marks in each of the territories in which...more

7 Essential IP Law Considerations for Startup Entrepreneurs

Ask any startup veteran: intellectual property can make or break a successful exit. Here are seven things every startup should know about intellectual property law....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

Heads Up on Startups: What Acquirers Need to Know Prior to the Purchase

Acquiring a startup often provides the acquirer with access to new markets, products, solutions and services, as well as innovative ideas and a pipeline of future products. While the idea of acquiring the “next big thing” is...more

7 Things Startups Should Know About Intellectual Property Law

Make sure you own what you think you own....more

Survey shows Kentucky needs improvement in “business friendliness”

Getting a business off the ground is no easy matter. Regardless of what state you do business in, there are going to be challenges, but some states make it a bit easier for entrepreneurs than others. According to a recent...more

Blog: 10 Suggestions for UK Entrepreneurs Preparing to Raise Venture Capital

Ready for show time? Is your story compelling enough to interest venture capital investors? Some businesses, even if they succeed, simply will not get large enough to deliver the kind of scaleability and potential future...more

The Stockholders Agreement: a Key Item in the Startup Toolbox

Last week’s post laid out a checklist of legal documents and concepts that are important to early stage companies, and provided a brief summary of each. This post is the first in a series that will examine those documents in...more

[Event] 2015 FOLEYTech Summit - October 1, Boston, MA

Please join us for the 2015 FOLEYTech Summit. In its 11th year, the FOLEYTech Summit continues to offer the top-notch industry insight and compelling speakers you have come to expect from Foley & Lardner LLP, while embracing...more

Five Legal Issues Your eSports Company Needs to Know About Operating in the U.S.

With a $143 million market in North America, eSports is big business in the U.S. And given its swift rise in popularity – 205 million people worldwide watched or played eSports in 2014, it will only become bigger. At last...more

5 Bad Hiring & Firing Ideas Every Startup Entrepreneur Should Avoid

So, you think you have the next greatest idea for a startup that will knock the socks off of the current big players in your space? We know you’re excited to spend endless nights and countless hours to get your company off...more

US Visa Options for Foreign Entrepreneurs

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that about 400,000 new businesses are started annually in the United States. If you’re a foreign citizen who is interested in launching a new business in the United States, a corporate...more

H-1B Alternatives Series: Concurrent H-1B Employment

In 2014, Massachusetts created the Global Entrepreneur in Residence Program (GEIR), a program meant to capitalize on the opportunities provided by concurrent H-1B employment. Under this program, universities partnered with...more

Founders (Legal) Checklist

In prior posts, this blog has discussed some specific issues that affect your start-up, from incentive plans, to early IP protection and hiring your team. But the number of topics, and more importantly, the number of...more

Startup Entrepreneurs Should Plan for Success But Prepare for Failure: Do You Have a Plan B?

When a startup participant (i.e., company founder, investor, officer, director) prepares a business plan for success, they would be wise to consider their options under a Plan B in the event of failure....more

Bankruptcy Benefits for Startups

The failure of your startup and subsequent exit plan will raise a host of conflicting concerns, such as your reputation in the VC community, the well-being of your employees, and the preservation of your company's work. These...more

Class Action Suits By Independent Contractors -- the Uber Class Certification Decision

In a closely-watched decision involving a challenge to the business model used by ride-hailing company Uber Technologies, Inc., a California federal judge agreed to certify a class of California drivers who claim to have been...more

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