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What is a Section 83(b) Election and why is it helpful to Entrepreneurs

Start-up founders, executives and other employees should understand the role that Internal Revenue Code Section 83 plays in effective tax planning when certain equity incentive grants are given in exchange for services....more

Take the Sting Out of Funding – Equity-Free Loans from the SBA

What do the following startups have in common? • Startup 1 is in an “in-between” place. The founders have already passed the hat and raised seed money, but they lack the funds to pay their staff before the next financing...more

Business Plan Basics

Every business should have a plan—from tech start-ups to law firms. The process of creating a document that details the thoughts and ideas of the owners or founders of the business allows for a realistic appraisal of the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.5.16

Jobs report Friday again. Here are the 5 Things the Journal told you to watch – WSJ (and NYTimes)... The Upshot’s not saying that a 2016 recession is inevitable, but if it does happen, this may be the path that takes us...more

Charlottesville as a "Hotbed for Innovation": Fastest Growing Area in US for Venture Capital Funding

Where a court is located often determines the type of cases that it hears. For example, the "Rocket Docket" of the Eastern District of Virginia hears a large number of patent and technology-related cases both because of the...more

Something’s in the Air…

The creative and entrepreneurial juices in the legal industry are boiling in the early days of 2016, particularly in the litigation space. One month into the New Year, there have been at least four high-profile boutique...more

Rubik’s Cube and the Intersections of Compliance

It is generally believed that the world’s single best selling toy is the Rubik’s Cube, invented in 1974 by the Hungarian Erno Rubik. Although it was initially believed that Rubik’s Cube was built as a teaching tool to help...more

4 Types of IP Your Startup Must Protect

Intellectual Property (IP) is often an early stage venture’s most valuable asset. But who really “owns” the IP a startup uses? In many cases the answer isn’t clear, and problems frequently aren’t identified until an investor...more

Tax Law Changes Favorable to Venture Capital and Private Equity Investors

The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” (PATH) Act was recently signed into law, and two provisions in particular benefit venture capital, private equity, and other investors owning or planning to purchase a corporation....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 24, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Last-minute change to privacy bill adds tension to US-EU negotiations - Privacy law is easy for companies to overlook until a problem arises, and even more so...more

A Checklist for Protecting Personal Information

Customers care a great deal about how companies handle their personal and financial information as do government regulators in the United States and abroad. Build a strong data security program and establish a track record...more

Tax Exclusions for Sale of Stock Issued by Qualified Small Business Corporations Becomes Permanent — At Least Temporarily

Over the past several years, Congress has sought to incentivize investment in small businesses by allowing taxpayers to exclude gains in certain small business stock sales. Gradually, Congress continued to increase these...more

Seed Investing: Understanding the Landscape - Part III

In this final installment of our series on seed instruments, we explore the Simple Agreement for Future Equity. Startup accelerator Y Combinator (YC) introduced a new seed-stage investing tool, safe—an acronym for...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - January 2016

As we begin the new year, it is a good time to reflect on the emerging trends in technology that present opportunities to be explored by entrepreneurs who are considering starting new businesses and growing existing...more

The Importance of a Business Plan

A business plan is a very important component of a start-up business. It can and should be used as a tool for understanding how your business is put together. It can be used to monitor progress and hold yourself accountable....more

New crowdfunding regime implemented, existing start-up crowdfunding rules amended

On January 25, 2016, five provinces implemented rules aimed at facilitating small investments made through online portals, a practice known as “equity crowdfunding”. As we discussed in a previous Insight, securities...more

International Data Privacy: How to Navigate the Challenges

Hardly a day goes by when the news doesn't include some privacy-related story or scandal. To name just a few recent examples, we've seen: ..Highly publicized losses of customer credit card data by household-name...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #8

PRA bans former Co-op Bank individuals - PRA has prohibited Barry Tootell, former Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive of the Co-operative Bank Plc (Co-op Bank) and Keith Alderson, former Managing Director of the...more

Five IP Pitfalls That Start-Up (and Grown-Up) Companies Can Easily Avoid

In business, there are numerous opportunities for pitfalls, mistakes and errors and they come up in all different legal areas – from basic formation issues to labor and employment to intellectual property. Mistakes and...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 17, 2016

The 4 Kinds of Series A Rounds in Enterprise - Elsewhere on this very blog, we’re in the middle of a three-part series on methods of Series Seed financing. But for those looking to make the leap to Series A, especially...more

So what is a Cap Table anyway and why do I need one?

As a founder of a start-up, there are countless things you worry about, and attending to corporate formalities is probably the last thing on your to-do list. However, imagine you have just been approached by a potential...more

Seed Investing: Understanding the Landscape - Part II

In this second post of our three-part blog series on the different types of seed instruments we will explore Series Seed. Series Seed documents were introduced by startup lawyer Ted Wang and venture capital firm...more

Excluding Your Gains on Small Business Investments

2016 promises to be another very good year to invest in start-ups because of the extension of significant tax breaks for investors who invest in early stage companies. Investors who invest in small businesses can exclude...more

FinTech White Paper: Treasury’s Marketplace Lending RFI

Reed Smith has issued the first comprehensive white paper discussing the comments submitted in response to Treasury’s July 2015 Request for Information (RFI) on marketplace lending. The RFI, entitled “Public Input on...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 10, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Challenging Uber, Lyft Bets on a Road Wide Enough for Two - We ended our last post pondering the anti-competitive nature of a marketplace dominated by tech...more

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