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Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2016

VC WATCH - Half-Time 2016: A Glass Half-Empty, or Half-Full? After two record years for venture fundraising and investment, the “bears” among us are already planning for the next down-cycle. Recent headlines...more

Court of Appeal upholds application of the private investor principle in State aid

In a decision of particular relevance to parties involved in projects which receive public funding, the Court of Appeal has considered for the first time the application of the private investor principle in a State aid...more

What’s in a VC Term Sheet?

You’ve just received your first venture capital term sheet. Congratulations—you’ve earned it. Now what does it all mean? “Pre-money valuation,” “liquidation preference,” “pro-rata participation rights”? A seasoned venture...more

Equity For The Crowd

On May 16, 2016 the long awaited Crowdfunding rules became final. In some 680 pages of regulations, not to mention the length of the text of the enabling law, Congress and securities regulators have sought to balance the...more

What You Need to Know About Hospitality REITs

In February 2016, Hilton Worldwide announced its plans to spin off the bulk of its hotel real estate into a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) to be owned by its shareholders by the end of the year. The...more

Five Charged by UK Regulator for Alleged Investment Fraud

Following investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority, five persons appeared in a UK court charged with conspiracy to defraud, together with offences under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Fraud Act...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Zuckerberg’s Venture to Invest in Startup Andela - Topping the fundraising news this week is Mark Zuckerberg’s investment in Andela, a highly selective...more

Preparing for an Exit: Selling Your Robotics Company

Robots are everywhere. Healthcare, logistics, manufacturing and other critical areas of the economy are being redefined by the robotics and artificial intelligence advances of today’s technology entrepreneurs. With this...more

Pending Legislation Would Streamline Regulation of Private Equity

On June 16, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Investment Advisers Modernization Act of 2016 (H.R. 5424) as part of a package of several economic growth bills. The bill passed with a vote of 47-12 and...more

Exporting to Sri Lanka? — If Not, It May Be Time to Consider the Market

Sri Lanka may not be the first market that comes to mind when thinking of opportunities to export goods and services or invest, but there is reason to at least keep the country in mind. While the Administration has been busy...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Bain Capital to Acquire Majority Stake in Navicure

Bain Capital Private Equity will acquire a majority stake in Navicure, according to a Navicure press release....more

SEC Fines Morgan Stanley for Data “Breach”

Last week, the SEC fined Morgan Stanley $1 million for two data security failures resulting in the exposure of personal information of 730,000 of its customers. Andrew Ceresney, the director of enforcement at the SEC stated,...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

Blog: Council of the EU agrees its position on the Prospectus Regulation – next steps

The Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) of the Council of the European Union has agreed a negotiating position on the proposed Prospectus Regulation. The Council is expected to confirm Coreper’s decision on 17 June...more

NBU gradually lifts “anti-crisis” restrictions (Ukrainian)

On 7 June 2016 the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) adopted a new “anti-crisis” Resolution No. 342 (the Resolution.) The Resolution was adopted to replace the earlier “anti-crisis” Resolution of the NBU No....more

NBU gradually lifts “anti-crisis” restrictions

On 7 June 2016 the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) adopted a new “anti-crisis” Resolution No. 342 (the Resolution.) The Resolution was adopted to replace the earlier “anti-crisis” Resolution of the NBU No....more

SEC Sets Disclosure Expectations as New Revenue Recognition Standard Implementation Nears

Speaking at a conference, Wesley R. Bricker, SEC Deputy Chief Accountant gave his views on appropriate disclosure as public companies approach implementation of the new revenue recognition standard. According to Mr....more

Comment Period Closing July 21 on Possible Expansion of Environmental Sustainability Disclosure Requirements

Comments are due July 21, 2016 on a concept release published on April 22, 2016 by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) on potential revisions to certain business and financial disclosure...more

The Continuing EU Risk Retention Saga

After many ups and downs, one might have thought that EU risk retention was done and dusted, but it looks like there may be a few more twists and turns. On 6 June 2016, the draft Legislative Resolution from the...more

The Plan to Replace Dodd-Frank: The Financial CHOICE Act

On June 7, in a speech to the Economic Club of New York, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling announced the Republican plan to replace the Dodd-Frank Act. The Financial Creating Hope and Opportunity for...more

Private Placement Memoranda – Do I Need One?

All start-ups know the importance of capital in growing a business and frequently, that capital is generated through private offerings of securities. A strong private placement memorandum, or “PPM,” is one tool a start-up may...more

Can Fintech Startups Carry Out Crowd-Funding in Hong Kong?

What is crowd-funding? “Crowd-funding” is an umbrella term describing the use of small amounts of money, obtained from a large number of individuals or organisations, to fund a project, a business or personal loan, and...more

The Rise of Social Impact Bonds

The social impact bond or pay for success program (“PFS program”) is an alternative private financing model used to test social impact programs before governments step up to finance such programs. In these programs the...more

May 2016: International Arbitration Update

García’s Green Light to Dual Nationals in Investor-State Arbitration. The decision in Serafín García Armas v. República Bolivariana de Venezuela, PCA Case No. 2013-3, Decision on Jurisdiction (Dec. 14, 2014) touches on a very...more

Mind the (Pay) Gap: Investor Requests for Reports on Gender Pay Disparities Are on the Rise

According to media reports, this year several high-profile companies, including Apple, Facebook, and Intel, have received or responded to proposals from investors requesting shareholder votes on the issue of whether the...more

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