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Venture Capital Coast to Coast – June 2016

VC WATCH - Half-Time 2016: A Glass Half-Empty, or Half-Full? After two record years for venture fundraising and investment, the “bears” among us are already planning for the next down-cycle. Recent headlines...more

What’s in a VC Term Sheet?

You’ve just received your first venture capital term sheet. Congratulations—you’ve earned it. Now what does it all mean? “Pre-money valuation,” “liquidation preference,” “pro-rata participation rights”? A seasoned venture...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.23.16

It was House day for Chair Yellen on the Hill, and if you guessed that in this election year her final appearance before this Congress was more about her questioners scoring political points than it was anything related to...more

Flip Transactions: Taking your Startup from Europe to the U.S.

Considering moving your startup from Europe to the United States? A “flip” into a U.S. corporate legal structure may be best for the long-term growth of your business. Foreign technology startups seek to reorganize in the...more

OSC panel provides guidance on fundamental securities law concepts

On May 4, 2016, an Ontario Securities Commission panel (the Panel) issued its Reasons and Decision In the Matter of Future Solar Developments Inc., containing interpretive guidance on three central concepts in securities...more

Accelerator for Women-led Startups Announced in Waterloo, Ontario

Are you part of a women-led, high-potential startup? If so, Communitech’s Fierce Founders Accelerator may be the program you’re looking for. The Fierce Founders Accelerator is a six-month startup accelerator with...more

Using a Retirement Plan to Start a Business

Ever wanted to start a business using a retirement plan? There’s a way to roll over plan benefits into a new business without paying taxes and penalties, but you have to be careful. Two recent cases illustrate how not to do...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Zuckerberg’s Venture to Invest in Startup Andela - Topping the fundraising news this week is Mark Zuckerberg’s investment in Andela, a highly selective...more

…And The Unicorn You Rode In On (Silicon Valley – Episode 26)

Alas, poor Erlich! We knew him; ‘a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne us on his back a thousand times; and now,’ as Jared poetically recounts, “Erlich’s Bachmanity boondoggle has led to his being...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.20.16

Here’s a sign of the times, or at least, the changing tenor of banking in America. After years of exclusivity that saw it refusing customers with less than $10 million on hand, Goldman Sachs is opening itself up to common...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Congressional Panel To Investigate The Fairness Of Pay TV Billing, Competitive Practices - There was plenty of startup news out of DC this week, starting...more

Silicon Valley in the Crosshairs: SEC and DOJ Target Fraud Involving Pre-IPO Companies

Historically, regulators have been reluctant to interfere with the complex world of pre-IPO financing and private market transactions, which tend to involve the most sophisticated investors. However, several recent public...more

Regulation Crowdfunding: What You Need to Know

Regulation Crowdfunding, new rules promulgated by the SEC to assist small issuers in raising capital, became effective May 16, 2016. To assist issuers in their crowdfunding efforts, the SEC has issued the "Regulation...more

The SEC Promulgates Long Awaited Rules on Investor Regulation Crowdfunding

Most of us are generally familiar with the concept of crowdfunding – the practice of a group of unrelated people financing a product with modest amounts of money online. Many recent crowdfunding efforts have involved...more

The Capitol Update - June 2016

Ending with more of a groan than a whimper, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded a difficult 2016 session on June 2. Members left Hartford after confronting for the third time in six years State budget...more

The SEC’s Return to Accounting Fraud Enforcement

Just like the ups and downs of the business cycle, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases follow an up and down trend as well. For example, during the financial crisis, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases took a back...more

Success through rudeness and hostility

Silicon Valley’s third season is in full swing on HBO, which raised a question in my mind: if Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin warranted an entire blog from the FordHarrison crew, isn’t the Hacker Hostel’s Erlich Bachman at...more

Private Placement Memoranda – Do I Need One?

All start-ups know the importance of capital in growing a business and frequently, that capital is generated through private offerings of securities. A strong private placement memorandum, or “PPM,” is one tool a start-up may...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 6.7.16

In a gift to Wall Street today, Fed Chair Janet Yellen signaled that May’s weak job numbers were low enough to prompt reconsideration of a June rate hike out of fears of pushing a fragile economy too far too fast....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #5

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - To start a real economic recovery, look to startups - A strong op-ed in The Hill this week reminded us that startups are job creators whose interests are...more

Can Fintech Startups Carry Out Crowd-Funding in Hong Kong?

What is crowd-funding? “Crowd-funding” is an umbrella term describing the use of small amounts of money, obtained from a large number of individuals or organisations, to fund a project, a business or personal loan, and...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Do You Know What’s In Your Portfolio Company’s D&O Insurance?

When a venture capital or private equity firm invests in a portfolio company (PC) and places a general partner on the PC’s board, they typically require that the PC agree to defend and indemnify the board member in any...more

Free Resources for Irish and Northern Irish Companies Forming US Affiliates

I’ve written several times (Minimizing ‘Alter Ego’ Risk for Irish and Northern Irish Parents of US Affiliates; and Effectively Using a Lightning Rod) about the need for Irish and Northern Irish companies to form a formal US...more

Bachmanity – From Sizzle to Fizzle and Maybe Bachruptcy (Silicon Valley – Episode 24)

At its heart, Episode 24 was about relationships – from the wayward dating lives of Richard and Dinesh to Big Head and Ehrlich’s marriage of “Bachmanity”, the Pied Piper entourage found themselves faced with the messy...more

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