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What is a Section 83(b) election and why is it helpful to entrepreneurs?

Start-up founders, executives and other employees should understand the role that Internal Revenue Code Section 83 plays in effective tax planning when certain equity incentive grants are given in exchange for services....more

Healthcare tech meets healthcare reality

As entrepreneurs rush into the healthcare sector, even the most innovative thinkers are encountering a unique set of challenges – and solving them will require every bit as much ingenuity as building groundbreaking new...more

The Importance of a Business Plan

A business plan is a very important component of a start-up business. It can and should be used as a tool for understanding how your business is put together. It can be used to monitor progress and hold yourself accountable....more

Five IP Pitfalls That Start-Up (and Grown-Up) Companies Can Easily Avoid

In business, there are numerous opportunities for pitfalls, mistakes and errors and they come up in all different legal areas – from basic formation issues to labor and employment to intellectual property. Mistakes and...more

So what is a Cap Table anyway and why do I need one?

As a founder of a start-up, there are countless things you worry about, and attending to corporate formalities is probably the last thing on your to-do list. However, imagine you have just been approached by a potential...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

What Type of Patent Application Should You File First?

without the filing of any related applications, the provisional application will not be published or otherwise disclosed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. One significant disadvantage of a provisional...more

Trademarks: How to protect your brand legally

Among the first and most valuable assets owned by a start-up is its brand name. Your brand name is your reputation. It identifies your products to consumers and differentiates you from others in the marketplace....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

You Sold Your Startup (and Maybe Your Soul): How to Leave Your Company

A few years ago, a client sold his small startup company to a competitor. In return, the acquiring company gave him some cash, stock options, and an executive-level job. After faithfully serving his new corporate overlord for...more

New Crowdfunding Rules for Issuers: Opportunities or Landmines? - Part III

This is the third post in our three-part blog post exploring Regulation Crowdfunding and its provisions before the final rules become effective on May 16, 2016. Practical Takeaways from Regulation Crowdfunding...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 3, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The 30 Best Pieces of Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2015 - Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2016 with a list within a list—dig into First Round Review’s best...more

Evolution Of The Entrepreneur-VC Relationship

Buzzwords from the last few months of 2015 included unicorpse, bubble and contracting market, juxtaposed with new and bigger funds being raised, more money being invested, more unicorns being born and the number of...more

2016 Will be the Year for Business Growth, Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship

A New Year always brings with it the opportunity to wipe the slate clean, reflect back on the past year that was and look forward to the next. Looking back, there have been many seeds sown by the Business Law Section of the...more

A Balanced Approach to Founder's Equity

When accepting money from outside investors, entrepreneurs are generally asked to give up some degree of control over their start-up, exchanging equity in their company for cash. In an effort to minimize the control they...more

Notwithstanding Concerns Of Investor Advocate, SEC Approves NYSE Proposal To Exempt Certain Related-Party Transactions From...

As you may recall, in April of this year, the NYSE filed with the SEC a proposed rule change that would exempt from the NYSE’s shareholder approval requirements early stage companies that seek to issue, subject to audit...more

The Father of Texas and Leadership in Compliance

Today we celebrate leadership, which comes from a different place than we usually see. On December 27, 1836, the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin, died. Most people think Sam Houston was the father of this great state but...more

Entrepreneurial Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan

On 29 October 2015, the RK Entrepreneurial Code was passed. It will be effective (except for some provisions) as of 1 January 2016....more

Kyiv Corporate Newsletter (Ukrainian) - December 2015

On 24 November 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a number of important laws, specifically: The Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Article 60 of the Law of Ukraine “On Business Companies” concerning the reduction...more

Kyiv Corporate Newsletter- December 2015

On 24 November 2015 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a number of important laws, specifically: The Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Article 60 of the Law of Ukraine “On Business Companies” concerning the reduction...more

[Webinar] What Happens if You Get Sued? Litigation Basics - Dec. 17th, 12:00pm PST

When your company gets sued, what steps should you take immediately and what do you need to be concerned about in the first 30 days of the case? Although cases take a long time to get to trial (and most never make it that...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2015

Unicorns and Other High-Valuation Deals - Over the last several years, the number of private companies with valuations in excess of $1 billion has skyrocketed, with daily reports of births of new “unicorns.” As the...more

5 Key Considerations When Negotiating a License Agreement

License agreements can be a great way for a start-up company to generate revenue from sources other than the founders/funders. Start-ups can license their technology separately, or as part of a collaboration with another...more

New Saudi Arabian Companies Law

On Monday 9 November 2015, the Ministry of Commerce and Industrial (MOCI), announced that the new Saudi Companies Law (NCL) shall come into force 150 days from its publication in the Saudi Official Gazette. This will...more

Before Selecting Business Form, What Is Important To Consider? P.1

Building a successful business is not an easy matter, and a lot of planning and learning from mistakes go into it. Success is not always quick, either. Sometimes it can take years before a company is able to carve out a...more

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