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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

Venture Funding Reaches Highest Level in More Than a Decade

Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2014. The report, which is...more

Don’t Jeopardize Your Patent Rights: Best Patent Practices for Startups

For young, startup companies, the landscape of patents can be difficult to navigate. Patents are expensive and complex and require substantial time and money that are often at a premium for startup companies. At the same...more

A European Prospectus Revolution?

The EU prospectus regime, based on Directive 2003/71/EC (the “Prospective Directive”) as amended, has been in place now for nearly 10 years and was due to be reviewed by the European Commission by 1 January 2016. However, the...more

CSA Announce Amendments to Accredited Investor, Minimum Amount and Short-Term Debt Prospectus Exemption Rules

On February 19, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (NI 45-106), which are expected to come into force this spring....more

White House Budget Proposal Includes Many Retirement-Related Provisions

On February 2, 2015, the White House released its Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, which includes a number of tax code changes targeting retirement savings. If enacted as presented, the proposals would have a significant effect on...more

FCA Reviews Regulatory Regime for Crowdfunding and Promotion of Non-Readily Realizable Securities by Other Media

On February 3, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a report in light of its review of the regulatory regime for crowdfunding and the promotion of non-readily realizable securities by other media....more

Venture Perspectives: Second Quarter 2014

New England Outlook - Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings - Included in this Issue: - Activity Level of New England Transactions: Q2 2013 -Q2 2014 - All Rounds - Activity...more

Upstart 100 List Continues To Solidify Miami as Emerging Tech Startup Platform

Upstart Business Journal’s first-ever Upstart 100 list features two South Florida entrepreneurs. Rony Abovitz, CEO of startup Magic Leap, and Susan Amat, founder of Venture Hive, were both recognized on the Upstart 100 list,...more

New Press Release: MLMLegal.com and Babener & Associates Announces Its 69th National Starting and Running the Successful MLM...

LAS VEGAS, NV — (Marketwired) — 01/06/15 — For more than 28 years, leading industry experts have educated the executives of starting and existing MLM, direct selling, network marketing, and party plan companies on how to...more

October 2014 MLM Startup Conference Success!

You wouldn’t believe the turnout we had for the October 2014 MLM Startup Conference! Entrepreneurs, executives, founders, and CEOs from 98 direct selling companies registered for the event! Over 160 entrepreneurs registered...more

Entrepreneurial Axioms: The Language Doesn’t Matter

On my recent vacation in Mexico with my family, I wasn’t surprised to observe plenty of entrepreneurs (empresarios in Spanish) south of the border. It doesn’t matter whether they are locals or foreigners. They all seem to...more

New York’s Green Bank Committing to Diverse Transactions

New York State’s one-billion-dollar Green Bank opened for business in 2014 and has begun committing to transactions. The Green Bank’s self-professed sweet spot is investments between $5 million and $50 million. Examples of...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action at the SEC

The SEC Proposes JOBS Act Registration Rules - On Thursday, December 18, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rule amendments to implement Title V and Title VI of the Jumpstart Our Business...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - Fourth Quarter 2014

Background - We analyzed the terms of 150 venture financings closed in the fourth quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results...more

Blog Restrictive Covenants: What Startups Need to Know

“Restrictive Covenants” is a term used to describe provisions in an agreement that purport to restrict an employee from doing certain things after she leaves the company....more

Toward a Transactional Exemption for Emerging Company Investments

In “Bringing the Individual Accredited Investor Definition into the 21st Century,” which was posted on December 18th of last year, it was suggested that there might be certain common venture capital transactional structures...more

When it Comes to Incorporating Your Startup, Why Delaware?!?

When you're the second smallest state and your neighbors are NYC and Philly, you have to do something to stand out. So, when Calvin Coolidge announced that the "Business of America is business," someone in Delaware was paying...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Implement JOBS Act Relief From Exchange Act Registration Requirements

In December 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to implement Title V and Title VI of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), which permit early stage companies to defer registration...more

5 Simple Steps Startups Can Take to Protect Intellectual Property

All emerging companies can and should take basic steps to protect their uniquely valuable intellectual property. For many companies, especially startups, intellectual property often represents an important component of...more

The Early Days of Legal Analytics

There is an interesting story in Forbes on Lex Machina, a legal start-up that provides analytics for use in patent litigation. See Dan Fisher, Stanford-Bred Startup Uses Moneyball Stats to Handicap Judges, Forbes, Feb. 2,...more

Convertible Notes – a Great Tool for Investment

So you have started your company! Maybe you have an investor or are looking for investors. How do you structure an investment to set everyone up for success? For many companies, convertible notes are the right answer....more

Three Trends in 2014 Venture Capital Funding

2014 was a great year for startups seeking funding. Two of the leading reporting companies, PitchBook and CB Insights, report similar trends (both of these reports focus on funding by traditional financial venture...more

Tech Industry Bulletin

In this Bulletin: - Intellectual Property: Guidance to the Upstart Tech Company for Protecting IP Rights - Mergers & Acquisitions: Five Legal Issues Entrepreneurs Should Consider Before Agreeing To an Earn-Out...more

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