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Developments in Prospectus Exemptions

On May 5, 2015, certain changes to the prospectus exemptions under National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions (“NI 45-106”) come into force. These changes include amendments to the accredited investor exemption and the...more

Converting Your Convertible Note

If you just invested in the next big thing by way of a convertible promissory note, you will want to ensure that, when it converts, you get all of the equity to which you’re entitled. Does your note convert at the valuation...more

SEC Adopts Rules to Implement Regulation A+, Providing New Avenue for Capital Formation

Overview - On March 25, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Regulation A (Regulation A+) pursuant to Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) for offers...more

Don’t Forget Your Corporate Formalities … It’ll Cost You

Many individuals believe that it is easy to protect themselves in starting a business by simply setting up a new corporation or LLC. But it is important that shareholders or members abide by corporate formalities. Even the...more

[Event] How to Monetize Your Company's Patent Assets - May 21, 2015

Join us as our host Wiggin & Dana presents on the latest legal developments in patent licensing and monetization. Partners Joe Casino and Michael Kasdan will take us through optimal approaches to patent monetization,...more

Miami: The Next Global Frontier

Miami’s second annual eMerge Americas Conference marks another milestone in the city cementing itself as a hub for tech startups and entrepreneurs. In the last 18 months, Miami has established and cemented many of the key...more

Structure Your Start-up For Fundraising Success - Part Five: 5 Leverage Government Funding

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors: Leverage Government Funding. The federal and...more

Structure Your Start-up For Fundraising Success - Part Four: Sign up your employees and contractors

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors...more

Real Estate: An Introduction to Leasing For Start-Ups

Now that you have decided to rent “real” space and pay rent to a landlord in an office building, what are the basic terms you need to know about? Whether you are doing “desk sharing” or a more formal lease, focus on five...more

Structure your start-up for fundraising success - Part Three: Protect your intellectual property

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors. ...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Holds That LLC Operating Agreement Does Not Shield Defendants from Liability for Breaching Their...

A recent decision by Judge F. Dennis Saylor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Butler v. Moore, C.A. No. 10-10207-FDS U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39416 (D. Mass. Mar. 26, 2015), offers an example of how...more

Keys to Surviving Your First IPO

2014 was a big year for initial public offerings (IPOs). According to Renaissance Capital, 273 companies took the plunge in 2014, the most since 406 companies went public in 2000. Gross proceeds of $85 billion were raised,...more

Intellectual Property: Crowdfunding and Confidentiality for Tech Start-Ups

I recently attended Launch Festival 2015 in San Francisco and Angel Launch’s LaunchFEST Mixer: Doing Deals with Silicon Valley—Attracting Funding, Angels, and Tech Trends in downtown Los Angeles. The events were very...more

Structure your start-up for fundraising success - Part Two: Organize your corporate records

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors....more

Status Updates - April 2015 #5

Photo negative. Daniel Morel, the photojournalist who was awarded $1.2 million in damages from news agencies that distributed his iconic Haiti earthquake pictures without his permission after he posted those pictures on...more

Bill Gross, Founder of Idealab, On Big Ideas and the Real Limitation to Starting Companies [Video]

Today, my special guest is Bill Gross, Caltech Trustee and fellow Caltech Alumni, Chairman and Founder of Idealab. Bill started his first company in grade school selling candy bars at the bus stop (his version of the lemonade...more

OHA Ruling Shows Danger in Proposed SBA Rule

As the saying goes, unless you have been living under a rock, then you know that SBA recently proposed new rules to create a mentor-protégé program for all small businesses. ...more

Soaring Chinese investment in the UK - but when will the North get its share?

Chinese companies are growing in the UK at an unprecedented rate, adding a significant contribution to the UK economy through growth and employment. Research by the China Daily into UK businesses with Chinese parent...more

PROPEL: Helping to build a smarter, interconnected, resource-efficient world

Fraunhofer USA and Greentown Labs are teaming up with Shell GameChanger to bring Boston a startup acceleration program for Wireless Sensor-Actuator Network (WSAN) prototype development. Titled PROPEL, up to five selected...more

Crowdfunding Gets Local: What Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups Need to Know to Capitalize on Exemptions for Intrastate Crowdfunding in...

Many entrepreneurs and start-up companies are looking for innovative ways to raise money without the red tape of the securities laws. Crowdfunding is often touted as the solution to this dilemma. In its simplest terms,...more

[Event] HealthTech Rising Midwest Conference - Chicago, Ill, June 11, 2015

This event will bring together a select group of health care providers, health technology companies, investors, and entrepreneurs to explore new ideas, growth strategies and potential partnerships. Industry leaders will...more

Structure your start-up for fundraising success - Part One

If you’ve determined that your new venture is going to require outside investment, there are a number of things you can do to make your company more attractive to investors... 1. Keep it simple! There are any number...more

Bank and Finance: The Equity Cure Provision—Saving Debt with Equity

For many sponsor backed borrowers, and this would include technology companies which have raised at least one round of financing, the equity cure provides a lifeline which isn’t necessarily available to traditional borrowers....more

Crowdfunding (the SEC’s Version): What Is It and Where Does It Stand?

Recently, I attended a two-day continuing legal education seminar on the topics of Regulation D Offerings and Private Placements (sounds exciting, doesn’t it?). Crowdfunding, which as you know has been a frequent topic on...more

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

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