Privately Held Corporations

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The New "Reg A+" Opens Doors For Private Companies To Raise Capital

On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the final rules to adopt amendments to Regulation A, which will go into effect 60 days after the rules are published in the Federal Register....more

SEC Creates New Financing Opportunity

Chairwoman Mary Jo White recently presided over an open meeting of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission at which the Commission followed the recommendation of the Division of Corporation Finance to adopt final rules...more

Changing the Status Quo with Extended Option Programs

As technology companies find themselves pushing back IPO timelines and staying private for longer periods of time, they continue to aggressively compete for talent, often against public companies like Google and Facebook. ...more

Swomley v. Schlecht, C.A. No. 9355-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 12, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery declined to enter a form of stipulated order that proposed providing notice to purported class members and a hearing on plaintiffs’ motion for attorneys’ fees and expenses prior...more

Private Company Valuations are Not Comparable to Public Company Valuations

There has been a great deal written about the growing number of venture backed companies with billion-dollar valuations. While valuations are clearly high discussions about venture valuations can be misleading, because the...more

Blog: Senate Bill Introduced To Raise Rule 701 Disclosure Threshold

Senators Pat Toomey (R., PA) and Mark Warner (D., VA) have introduced Senate Bill 576, the ‘‘Encouraging Employee Ownership Act.’’ The bill would require the SEC, within 60 days after enactment, to raise the threshold in...more

The Great Pumpkin and the Alternative Universe

For Halloween last year, I wrote a blog post where I derided Linus and his forlorn quest to have his pumpkin patch named the most sincere by the Great Pumpkin. In response I received this rather terse message from my...more

Seven Questions to Help Build the Right Advisory Team for Your Private Company

It’s been quite a while since the word team has brought so much excitement to Northeast Ohio — the return of LeBron, our improving Cleveland Browns and the fact that it is prime-time fantasy football season! Each week we...more

Delaware Chancery Court Applies M&F Worldwide Six-Factor Test in Private Company Freeze-Out Merger and Grants Motion to Dismiss...

In a bench ruling in Swomley v. Schlecht, C.A. No. 9355-VCL (Del. Ch. Aug. 27, 2014), the Delaware Chancery Court relied on the six-factor test set out in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., 88 A.3d 635 (Del. 2014), to dismiss a...more

United States: U.S. Supreme Court Dramatically Expands Whistleblower Law

On March 4, 2014, the U.S. Supreme court in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, 134 S.Ct. 1158, held in a 6-3 decision that employees of a private company that is a contractor or subcontractor of public company are entitled to whistleblower...more

What?? The Target Company Does Not Own its IP!?

We have been working on a number of private company mergers and acquisitions transactions this year where the technology and the intellectual property of the target company (the “Target”) are the key value drivers for the...more

The Whistle Blower Provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley Extends to Employees of Privately Held Companies Under Some Circumstances

In a decision that expands considerably the number of employees covered by the whistle-blower provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the United States Supreme Court ruled earlier this month in Lawson v. FMR LLC that two former...more

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protections

The Issue: My company is not publicly traded, but provides services to companies that are. Do Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections extend to our employees? The Solution: Yes. Analysis: Enacted in the wake of...more

Supreme Court Expands Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Companies

In 2002, after corporate fraud at Enron led to the company's collapse, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Under SOX's main whistleblower protection provision, an employee of a publicly traded company who claims...more

Dissenter Rights Create Trend of Investors Driving Higher Prices and Gaining Interest

Two recent high-profile shareholder rights cases in the Delaware Chancery Court have received a lot of attention due to the money that is at stake and the individuals in the disputes. These two cases, along with several other...more

Supreme Court Extends SOX Whistleblower Protection To Contractors’ Employees

On March 4, in a suit brought by former employees of private companies that advise or manage mutual funds, the U.S. Supreme Court held (6-3) that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s whistleblower protection provision covers employees of...more

M&A Brokers for Private Companies Need Not Register with the SEC

The staff of the SEC recently issued a no-action letter permitting an "M&A Broker" to advise on and be compensated in connection with the purchase and sale of a privately held company without registering as a broker-dealer...more

Business Brokers Get “No-Action” Relief from SEC

Business intermediaries who facilitate the purchase or sale of privately-held businesses for a success fee based on the size of the completed acquisition may no longer have to be concerned about registering as broker-dealers...more

Supreme Court Expands SOX Whistleblower Protection

Yesterday, in a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision greatly expanding the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) to cover employees of private entities contracting with publicly...more

SEC Relief For "M&A Brokers:" Not Required To Register As Broker-Dealers

The Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets recently issued an important no-enforcement letter regarding the status of a person engaged in effecting transactions in connection with the transfer of ownership...more

Selling Privately Held Businesses – Interview with Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member, Mintz Levin's New York Office [Video]

Attorney Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member of Mintz Levin's New York office, discusses the importance of advance planning in the sale of privately held companies. ...more

The Diminishing Privacy Of Private Corporations

In 2000, what was then known as the General Accounting Office (now, the Government Accounting Office) warned of possible money laundering by Russian entities using U.S. corporations. The report was addressed to Senator Carl...more

U.S. Anti-Inversion Trap: Forming a New U.S. Corporation

Non-U.S. persons often wish to set up a new U.S. corporation (USCo) to conduct business in the United States, frequently in very short order. While there are many advantages to conducting business in the United States through...more

Tenth Circuit Rules in Favor of Religious For-Profit Corporations in Birth Control Litigation under the Affordable Care Act

In Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. et al. v. Sebelius, et al.,1 an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Mardel Inc., two for-profit corporations owned and operated by...more

Business Valuation in Divorce - Choosing a Valuation Expert

Whenever a privately held business is among the assets in a dissolution proceeding, certain fundamental issues must be addressed in the context of determining the value of the business. If the business is relatively small in...more

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