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Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Several members of healthcare hedge fund Deerfield Mgmt have been implicated in an insider-trading case over the alleged use of confidential information about gov’t financing to trade shares in affected health care companies....more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - First Quarter 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

We analyzed the terms of 191 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2017 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Venture valuations showed small...more

Trump Targets Tech Teams (And Others) Through H-1B Crackdown

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order this week directing a full review of the H-1B visa program as part of a continued push to clamp down companies that hire foreign labor instead of American workers. The centerpiece of...more

From Garage to Global Coverage: SmallSat Growth and Opportunities are the Focus of the 2017 SmallSat Symposium and CSSMA Meeting

by Hogan Lovells on

At this year’s SmallSat Symposium in Silicon Valley, February 6-8, 2017, attendees exchanged perspectives on promoting innovation and development in the satellite industry, all surrounded by exhibits of the first computers...more

"Look Mom No Hands!" But Lots of Rules for AI Cars in California

by Lewitt Hackman on

You may have heard the news: An Uber Technologies Inc. autonomous vehicle was involved in an accident in Arizona. A human driver in a Honda CRV turning left at a yellow light hit the self-driving Volvo as it was crossing the...more

Corporate Governance Features: for Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area Public Companies

Orrick has unveiled an unprecedented new study examining the corporate governance structures of the largest public companies in the Bay Area, including tech industry leaders. The comprehensive study reviewed the 153...more

A Startup Attorney’s Tips to Advance Private Company Diversity

by Fenwick & West LLP on

One of the biggest contributors to a lack of corporate diversity is the size of a company. And the problems are often traceable to the company’s leanest, earliest days. One of my key messages to clients is that it’s never too...more

Unions Continue Their Organizing Success in Silicon Valley

by Perkins Coie on

In addition to championing greater employee and workplace protections via ballot measures and city ordinances in Santa Clara County, California, several unions have set their eyes on the employees of the private companies...more

Gender Diversity Survey - 2016 Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Fenwick & West Gender Diversity Survey provides unique insight into women’s participation at the most senior levels of public technology and life sciences companies in the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV 150) and the large...more

Avoid Paying The Piper: Tune Your Startup to Avoid Harassment Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Heeding some lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley” can help employers avoid mistakes related to potential hostile work environments and discrimination that might occur in a startup environment. In a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Deal Professor thinks that Alibaba’s play for MoneyGram (via its Ant Financial arm) could tell us a lot about how the new administration will handle Chinese investment in the US....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Turns out the Fed’s plate isn’t just full of decisions surrounding interest rates. It’s got a massive portfolio of mortgage and Treasury securities that needs some serious tending, too....more

IP Law December Developments: What to Expect in the Future

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

December has been a hot month for IP law, with important developments in several cases that may significantly impact your intellectual property prosecution and enforcement strategies. Here is a brief summary of each of these...more

An Early Holiday Boost to Low-Wage Silicon Valley Workers?: San José Passes “Opportunity to Work” Ordinance and Accelerates The...

by Littler on

The New Year will bring significant changes to the local employment laws affecting Silicon Valley-area employers, with measures aimed at reducing the expansion of the part-time workforce and increasing the minimum wage....more

Global trends in fintech dealmaking

by White & Case LLP on

North America dominates the fintech landscape, but competition from Asia and Europe is rising. Silicon Valley and North America have been key to fuelling the growth of fintech since its infancy. In each of the past six...more

2016 Silicon Valley Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A Comparison of Silicon Valley Public Companies and Other Large Bay Area Public Companies - This companion supplement to the Fenwick survey, Corporate Governance Practices and Trends: A Comparison of Large Public...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Third Quarter 2016

by Fenwick & West LLP on

We analyzed the terms of 149 venture financings closed in the third quarter of 2016 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Results - The weakening in venture valuations that began in the second...more

Tighter connections between the Bay Area and Israel will encourage investment flows

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Silicon Valley trends are often soon felt in its Israel equivalent Silicon Wadi. The two start-up ecosystems are intrinsically linked. In April this year, the connection between the two regions was further tightened when...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.7.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Turns out that running the show at Valeant has given Pershing Square’s Bill Ackman quite the appetite. He’s looking to satisfy that hunger (and get back to the business of maximizing returns by pushing companies to make...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Second Quarter 2016

by Fenwick & West LLP on

We analyzed the terms of 195 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2016 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Results - The weakening in venture valuations that began in the second...more

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

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why You Don’t Need to Found Your Startup in Silicon Valley - Startups have the potential to thrive in places less "trendy" than California....more

Why You Don't Need to Found Your Startup in Silicon Valley

by WilmerHale on

Silicon Valley is the capital of venture capital and the acknowledged headquarters of disruptive ideas, fierce determination and hard work. That aura of potential casts a golden glow on the zillions of Bay Area startups...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - July 2016

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Europe Approves New Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Deal - Amid the Brexit fallout, the EU is pushing forward on its new “Privacy Shield” agreement with the...more

(Silicon Valley – Season 3 Finale)

Summarizing the week Jared writes, “Lewis Carroll famously said, ‘Begin at the beginning, go on to the end, and then stop.’ But that is hard advice to follow when one’s head is spinning…” It would have been just as apt if...more

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