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Access to Capital for Small Businesses: SEC Adopts Final Rules to Implement "Regulation A+" Offering Exemption Under the JOBS Act

The new Regulation A offering exemption, which the SEC recently adopted under Title IV of the JOBS Act, has taken effect. The new rules, also known as “Regulation A+,” permit unregistered public offerings of up to US$50...more

What is Crowdfunding Anyway?

Rarely has a capital markets concept been more ambiguous, and potentially more confusing, than crowdfunding. It seems that everyone has his or her own definition, which sometimes varies depending on the circumstances. ...more

When Should a Startup Hire a Lawyer?

When should a young company start to think about engaging legal counsel? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question – a startup should assess its status as an organization, its goals and future needs and its...more

Amendment to Taiwan’s Company Act Establishes 'Closely-Held Company Limited by Shares' to Provide Flexibility on Fund-Raising for...

On July 1, 2015, an amendment (Amendment) to the Company Act of Taiwan took effect to establish a new category of company under the new Chapter 13, called “closely-held company limited by shares”, hereinafter, a 'close...more

Offering Employee Equity Has Become Much Easier for Australian Start-Ups

From 1 July 2015 the way in which options granted by any company to its employees in Australia will be taxed has changed, but the main winners under the new tax rules are those Australian companies that qualify for the...more

How Can You Safely Discuss Your IP with Others?

As discussed in our previous posts, startups are about capitalizing on ideas, contacts and experience. In the early stages of a startup or pre-startup, founders often socialize their business plan and details about their idea...more

Homejoy’s Shutdown, Due to Misclassification Lawsuits, Likely to Propel Tech Start-Ups to Enhance Their Independent Contractor...

Earlier Friday, it was reported by Carmel DeAmicis of re/code that Homejoy, the home cleaning start-up that uses independent contractors as their home cleaners, was closing down its operations due to four misclassification...more

New Pennsylvania Law to Simplify Entity Transactions

Pennsylvania’s new Entity Transactions Law is expected to streamline the process of effecting certain fundamental changes or change of control transactions. Effective July 1, 2015, companies doing, or wishing to conduct,...more

It’s Not Crowdfunding!

Since the Regulation A+ effective date last month, a number of websites have emerged that promote “Regulation A+ crowdfunding” contributing even further to the confusion in the market regarding...more

What Do the Expanded Reg A+ Rules Mean for Your Company?

This spring, the SEC adopted final rules required by the JOBS Act, which some hoped would increase smaller companies’ access to capital. Note, this wasn’t the long-awaited crowdfunding rules, it was the expansion of...more

New York BitLicense Regulations Virtually Certain to Significantly Impact Transactions in Virtual Currencies

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) recently issued its final BitLicense regulations with respect to Bitcoin and other virtual currencies. The new regulations require the licensing of, and establish...more

Toward a Grand Unifying Theory of Today’s Tech Trends

As a technology law blogger and co-editor of Socially Aware, I monitor emerging developments in information technology. What’s hot in IT today? Any shortlist would have to include social media, mobile, wearable technology,...more

Global Insight - Restructuring e-Newsletter: Oil and gas sector distress - UK and US perspectives; PRC real estate restructuring;...

A UK perspective on oil price volatility - industry impact and legal considerations - The dramatic decrease in the price of crude oil over the last eleven months has had ramifications across the globe. With prices...more

NVCA reports VC-Backed IPO Activity Increase in Q2

A press release by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Thomson Reuters reports a significant jump in the number of VC-backed IPOs during the second quarter of 2015. The release notes a 59 percent increase by...more

The Florida Crowdfunding Act - An Attempt to Facilitate Capital Raising by Small Businesses in Florida

"Crowdfunding" is the collection of small amounts of money from a large number of people to fund innovative projects, artistic endeavors, and non-profit political and charitable causes through the Internet. Over the past...more

7 Mistakes Every Startup Should Avoid To Protect IP

Startups are justifiably focused on developing the next big idea, getting that idea to market and ensuring the company has enough financial runway to make it all happen. Missteps in protecting the startup’s intellectual...more

Crowdfunding and IP in Health and Biotech Start-ups (Part 3): Potential Dangers

This is the third in a 3-part series about the use of crowdfunding in health and biotech start-ups. We started with the story of a tech start-up which set records for funding through a Kickstarter campaign, triggering the...more

“Notable By Their Absence: Finders And Other Financial Intermediaries In Small Business Capital Formation”

Small businesses are often regarded as the catalyst for economic growth in the United States. Small businesses account for the creation of two-thirds of all new jobs, and are the incubators of innovation. The majority of...more

Crowdfunding and IP in Health and Biotech Start-ups (Part 2): The JOBS Act

Crowd Funding ImageThis is the second in a 3-part series about the use of crowdfunding in health and biotech start-ups. We started with the story of a tech start-up which set records for funding through a Kickstarter...more

Ryan Hong Discusses Important Contracts for Startups [Video]

Ryan Hong spoke on “The Evolution of the Media Company” panel at the Silicon Beach Fest on June 25th, 2015, at the Marina Del Rey Hotel in Marina Del Rey, Ca. He discussed legal issues that advertisers, technology companies,...more

Uncertain Future for Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts: Legislators Seek Compromise

Hearing Overview: On June 23rd, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development met to consider legislation relating to the legality and enforcement of non-compete agreements. The committee...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2015

As we reported in January 2015, 2014 was a banner year for venture capital on all fronts, from fundraising, to investment and exits – save, however, for the small drop in the number of deals versus the largest aggregate...more

Crowdfunding and IP in Health and Biotech Start-ups (Part 1): The Beginning

Crowd Funding ImageThis is the first in a 3-part series about the use of crowdfunding in health and biotech start-ups. We start with the story of a tech start-up which set records for funding through a Kickstarter campaign,...more

Regulation A+ goes effective today

Despite the attempt by the State of Montana’s securities division to stay the rule, Regulation A+ is effective as of today, June 19, 2015. Regulation A+ allows companies organized in the U.S. and Canada to raise money...more

Manatt Digital Media - June 2015

VR—Power, Potential, Risks . . . - Earlier this month, I moderated a VR and augmented reality (AR) panel at the SLUSH Future Brunch, hosted by organizers of Helsinki’s “must know” SLUSH digital media and tech conference...more

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