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Budding Family Business Entrepreneur? Top Three Legal Tips You Need to Know

A recent New Tech Seattle event at the Seattle Center brought together a group of interesting budding entrepreneurs. Discussions with several people led to the realization that many of them are facing the same basic legal...more

Tech Industry Bulletin

In this Issue: - Corporate: Negotiating Strategies for the Sale of Technology Companies - Intellectual Property: Crowdfunding and Confidentiality for Tech Start-Ups - Real Estate: An Introduction to...more

Bite Kite Rides into Town: Cambridge Start-Up Tests New Trends in Fast Food Delivery

Take-out customers want quality food without complication and want it fast – with an emphasis on fast.  In a service market increasingly focused on instant gratification, fast food providers are striving to reinvent delivery...more

Crowdfunding: The Next Commercial Real Estate Frontier?

In a world where we buy groceries, book travel, and even date online, it should come as no surprise that online investment is becoming increasingly prevalent. The rapid shift towards an internet-centric world has made...more

Starting a New Company? Protect Your Intellectual Property Now or Maybe Never

When getting a startup off the ground and in the course of ongoing operations, it is important to take care of some fundamental housekeeping matters. The failure to do so can result in problems that could be costly and/or...more

Starting a Hedge Fund: A Review of 2014 and Themes for 2015 and Beyond

Introduction - This is a follow up to our recent publication on Starting a Hedge Fund in 2015 and provides an overview of our thoughts on the start-up market in 2014 and themes for 2015 and beyond....more

Capital Raising? 2014 Observable Trends for Seed and Early Stage Financings – AlleyWatch Reviewed Approximately 200 Capital...

As counsel to scores of companies in capital raising mode at any point in time, my colleagues and I regularly are asked questions by entrepreneurs regarding the valuations and other terms they should expect to receive from...more

Lux Capital Raises $350 Million Fund to Back Startup Healthcare and Technology Companies

Lux Capital, with offices in New York and Menlo Park, Calif., invests in counter-conventional, seed and early stage science and technology ventures. It was co-founded by Peter Hebert, Robert Paull and Josh Wolfe in 2000....more

Employing Workers in Massachusetts: A Guide for Emerging Companies

At some point, every emerging company must identify and retain people to work for the business. The founders or owners of the business recognize that they cannot do it alone, and they need to bring on talented individuals to...more

Do You Really Own All Your IP?

As we discussed in our inaugural posts in this series, after management, the most valuable asset for most startups can be their intellectual property (IP). And as such, it is important for a startup to own its intellectual...more

Client Alert: A Quick Look at Arizona’s New Crowdfunding Law (SB 1450/HB 2591)

Client Alert: A Quick Look at Arizona’s New Crowdfunding Law (SB 1450/HB 2591) - Through existing “crowdfunding,” a large number of people each provide a relatively small amount of money over the Internet for a profit...more

Startups and Patents

A recent study on R&D vitality, “Measuring Innovation“ by Michael Cooper et al, reports that only about 50% of companies with R&D operations file patents. Another recent study focusing on patent litigation, “The Layered...more

Why PE Should Stick with Entrepreneurs’ Relief Over the New Employee Shareholder Status

Over the years the UK has seen a variety of tax efficient schemes available to incentivize management; and in 2014 the Employee Shareholder Status (ESS) regime was added into the mix. ESS essentially allows an employee...more

“A” is For Approved: SEC Finalizes Regulation A+, the Small Offering Exemption

Securities lawyers had a “first time in forever” moment on March 25, when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to approve landmark reforms to its Regulation A, the so-called (and until now little-used)...more

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

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