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Draft legislation released covering changes to the employee share scheme tax regime

The Australian Government has today introduced the draft Tax and Superannuation Laws Amendment (Employee Share Schemes) Bill 2015 containing measures designed to ease the tax impost for employee shares schemes, to make...more

Share Plan changes tabled and diced

The Division 83A (employee share plan) amendments were tabled in Parliament yesterday, 25 March 2015, and include welcome improvements on the exposure draft released last January. Start-ups - Most of the changes...more

A-Okay, Regulation A+

This is a very brief, initial summary. We will be reporting on the final rule in an upcoming alert. The SEC’s proposed rules already had provided a very practical format for private issuers seeking to raise capital. The...more

[Event] Surviving Your First IPO - April 23, New York, NY

Join us as our hosts, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Toppan Vite, take us through the ins and outs of surviving your first IPO. Going public is a defining moment in the life of any company, so as an in-house counsel...more

Series Seed is the new Series A; VC-backed company valuations continue to rise

PitchBook recently released its 1H 2015 VC Valuations and Trends Report that breaks down over 20,000 valuations of private company financings and exits over the past 10 years. The report shows continued increase in median...more

Not All Investors Are Created Equal In The Eyes of the SEC: Why You Should Consider Only Accredited Investors in Your Startup

It is exciting to have people willing to invest money into your company. But before you sell any equity to friends, family or others, consider whether they are "accredited investors." ...more

Crowdfunding? Really?

Count me a Luddite when it comes to social media in general, and more specifically, the supposed potential for crowdfunding and raising capital for start-ups and small businesses. My skepticism about crowdfunding admittedly...more

Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt Part III: The Virtues of Convertible Debt for a Start-Up

Over the course of our “Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt” series, we’ve discussed the two common paths start-up companies take to structure a financing. In Part I, we discussed common stock financing and in Part II, we...more

JD Supra Thought Leaders On: Startups

Meet some of the top writers on startup matters publishing on JD Supra during the past 45 days!...more

[Webinar] Formation Issues and Changes in Structure: Tax Considerations - Mar. 19, 12-1PM PST

Please join Sheppard Mullin for our monthly Third Thursday Emerging Company Webinar Series educating entrepreneurs and emerging companies on the key legal issues they face during the growth of their companies. These...more

The 500 Hats of Entrepreneurship

I’ll be honest. After working with entrepreneurs for the last 25 years, I didn’t need any scientific study to tell me that there is a difference (or really many differences) between entrepreneurs and employees. Nonetheless,...more

IRS Provides Temporary Enforcement Relief for Small Employers Offering Employer Payment Plans

The IRS issued guidance providing enforcement relief through June 30, 2015 for small employers who offer employer payment plans to their employees. In the guidance, the IRS reiterated its stance that an employer payment...more

Is Crowdfunding Under the JOBS Act Dead?

In a recent article titled JOBS Act State of the Union (well worth a read in full), Samuel Guzik makes the case that the SEC has given up on creating rules to implement Title III crowdfunding under the JOBS Act. Title III of...more

Peer Lending to Shake-Up the SME Financing Environment

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending has become big business in the UK and US, with approximately AU$2.9 billion and AU$10.5 billion respectively having been lent through online platforms in those markets. If those numbers and the...more

Minnesota Equity Crowdfunding Legislation Introduced

MNvest, the equity crowdfuding bill drafted by Winthrop & Weinstine attorneys Ryan Schildkraut and Zachary Robins, has passed its first House committee hearing. Schildkraut and Robins work with emerging companies in...more

Advisory Committee’s Recommendations: Positive Sign for South Florida Companies

We previously discussed the SEC’s decision to allow businesses to solicit accredited investors and what this could mean for the growth of companies in Florida. Now, the SEC is weighing whether the definition of ‘accredited...more

Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt Part II: How a Convertible Debt Works

In Part I of our “Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt” series, we discussed one of the typical start-up financing structures, the sale of common stock, along with the issues that should be considered when setting a valuation....more

Back to the Future? (Regional Exchanges and Venture Exchanges)

Last week, in connection with the meeting of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, both Commissioner Aguilar and Commissioner Gallagher expressed interest in, and support for, a more thorough...more

Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies met on March 4 to discuss various topics related to facilitating the secondary market for trading securities of small and emerging...more

SEC Commissioner Stein On Capital Formation

Capital formation is one of the primary missions of the SEC. Commissioner Kara Stein recently discussed this basic SEC mission in remarks delivered at the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School...more

Lawyers: How to Be Valuable ... Aside from Practicing Law

Lawyers have a problem. We’re consistently perceived as experts on one thing: law. This not only dominates how others view us, but also dominates how we view ourselves. Here's what to do about it as you bring value to your...more

Top 5 Mistakes Brand Owners Make When Filing Their Own Trademark Applications

Entrepreneurs often choose not to spend money on legal fees as they are launching their businesses. Understandably, budgets are tight in a company’s early days, and when faced with the choice of spending money on a trademark...more

Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt Part I: Common Stock Financing and the Problem of Setting a Valuation

Most start-up companies turn to friends, family and/or high net worth individuals as the first source of capital to fund their operations. Banks will not lend to these companies since there are no real assets to collateralize...more

SEC Remarks at the Practising Law Institute’s Program Titled “SEC Speaks in 2015”

On February 20, 2015, several representatives from the SEC spoke at the Practising Law Institute’s program titled “SEC Speaks in 2015,” including Chair Mary Jo White and Commissioner Louis A. Aguilar. Ms. White provided...more

Do We Have the Right to Sell Our Products/Services?!

Intellectual property (IP) due diligence is an assessment of the IP owned or used by a company and third-party IP rights that may impact the company’s business. More often than not, companies do not think about IP due...more

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