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Novartis Pharmaceuticals has announced it has formed a joint investment company with Qualcomm Ventures, the venture investment group of Qualcomm....more
On January 7th, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it was making available up to $125 million in funding for transformational energy projects through the ‘OPEN 2015’ program. The program, which will...more
Right out of the gate, both chambers of the Minnesota Legislature put forward transportation funding packages. It has been called the issue of the session. The need for reliable, efficient transportation touches everyone in...more
A group has announced plans to introduce a bill that would permit the use of advertising and general solicitation in securities offerings to Minnesota residents. The bill refers to such offerings as “MNvest Offerings”...more
On December 19, the FCC released the text of its Second Report and Order in its E-rate modernization proceeding. The new Order increased the annual spending cap on the E-rate program by an additional $1.5 billion—taking the...more
1. You Haven’t Lawyered Up.
OK, that may be a little dramatic, but the worst case scenario is that you have a handshake deal with your co-founders. After all, we are all buds, this won’t go wrong. Even if it never goes...more
As third-party funding continues to become more common in international disputes, particularly international arbitration, new concerns continue to emerge for parties and counsel who have sought to make use of this new...more
On October 16th, HUD issued a new proposed rule that would make significant changes to the approval process for the demolition and disposition of public housing properties. In addition to codifying a number of existing,...more
On October 22, 2014, Governor Corbett signed Act 155 into law. The Act will go into effect 60 days from the date the governor signed it or approximately December 21, 2014. Among other things, this Act revises Section 510 and...more
Start-ups are justifiably focused on getting products to market and ensuring that their financial runways are long enough to make it happen. But, failing to pay attention to long-term protections of intellectual property...more
The SEC has announced that the day prior to its Government Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation, it will host jointly with the Small Business Administration to highlight additional ways that small businesses may...more
The financial situation for hospitals and health care organizations remains challenging. The accrediting agencies, Moody’s, Fitch, and S&P all have negative outlooks for the hospital industry. Hospitals are facing numerous...more
The Congressional Budget Office has issued an estimate of the costs associated with the Inspector General Reform Act of 2013 (H.R. 3770). The bill would direct the President to appoint an Inspector General (IG) for the CFPB...more
After a fairly quiet year in terms of new funding announcements, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has released an $840 million solicitation that seeks to drive 150,000 clinicians toward delivering...more
The Bioenergy Technologies Office within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), "Landscape Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems."...more
States, issuers and investors find different crowdfunding methods for raising capital while waiting for the SEC -
On October 23, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff proposed a 500+ page set of rules...more
As you probably read, the Texas Securities Board approved intrastate crowdfunding yesterday without limiting it to accredited investors.
For those wanting to issue equity through intrastate crowdfunding:
Recently, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has opened up two top-rate funding opportunities for young, emerging clean energy companies in Massachusetts. Aimed primarily at university researchers and early-stage...more
Last week, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for the third quarter of 2014. ...more
Proponents of California’s high-speed rail project cleared a major hurdle this past week when the California Supreme Court declined to review a California Court of Appeals ruling which held that the state’s funding plan did...more
The SEC recently announced that the annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation will be held on November 20th at the SEC in Washington. ...more
Could publicly offered solar bonds play a significant role in financing solar photovoltaic projects?
Solar energy company SolarCity Corporation appears to think so, as this morning it filed a registration statement...more
Environmental and Policy Focus - Obama to designate portion of San Gabriel Mountains a national monument: Los Angeles Times - Oct 8:
President Obama plans to announce Friday that he will set aside roughly half of the...more
One of the primary advantages of a partnership (or limited liability company) over a corporation is the flexibility to structure the business deal. Rather than having to deal with unwieldy units of stock or other ownership...more
The Italian Government aims to support investments and incentivize listing and capitalization of companies, with significant implications for both listed and non-listed companies.
The new rules were introduced by law...more
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