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NASAA Mistakes The Principal

I have frequently commented on the fact that many so-called “investor protections” have the unintended consequence of increasing the risk of investor losses.  One example are limitations on resales.  An illiquid security is...more

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #3: Understand the Current Funding Environment

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

Convertible Equity: The Founder’s Alternative to Convertible Debt

Convertible debt (a loan that converts into equity upon the closing of a round of financing or other conversion event) has long been the preferred investment vehicle of early-stage investors, particularly angel investors, as...more

Crowdfunding 101: The Four Types You Need To Know

This post was originally written by Dylan Rochon, 2015 Foley & Lardner LLP Startup Connector. The term “crowdfunding” is closely associated with websites such as and These sites provide a...more

Corporation or LLC? Business Organizations for Tech Startups.

One of the first actions you will take with your startup is to organize your company a separate legal entity to protect yourself from personal liability for the company’s debts. In the tech startup context, you’ll typically...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

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

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

SEC Says Fantasy Stock Trading Violates Securities Laws; Charges Others for Selling Illegal Security-Based Swaps

The SEC issued an Investor Alert which says fantasy stock trading for small amounts of money can violate provisions of securities laws implemented by the Dodd-Frank Act. I bet the Congressional drafters of these provisions...more

Blog: Post-Incorporation Checklist: 10 Next Steps to Consider

You’ve taken the plunge and formed your business as a Delaware corporation. What do you need to do next? This post, along with the companion piece 8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment, is intended to help you identify...more

Regulatory Notes on Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrency Derivatives

Six things every investor, start-up, financial institution and payment processor should know about the future regulation of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency derivatives. With the quickly developing market for...more

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” Is Like Sesame Street for Start-Ups

A recent episode of “Silicon Valley” was brought to you by the letters N-D-A. The protagonists are seeking funding for their start-up, Pied Piper, and one of the potential investment groups starts asking curiously technical...more

KISS the SAFE Goodbye? Another Alternative for Start-up Financing

Only recently, we debated the merits of the SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity), an alternative funding mechanism for early-stage companies designed to replace the industry-standard convertible note financing....more

Start-up Crowdfunding Exemption Adopted In Certain Canadian Jurisdictions

The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) and securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the “participating jurisdictions”), announced on May 14, 2015, the...more

SAFEs and KISSes Poised to Be the Next Generation of Startup Financing

Overview - In late 2013, startup accelerator Y Combinator unveiled its Simple Agreement for Future Equity (“SAFE”) investment instrument as an alternative to convertible debt. While SAFE templates appeared in...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

[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

Not All Investors Are Created Equal In The Eyes of the SEC: Why You Should Consider Only Accredited Investors in Your Startup

It is exciting to have people willing to invest money into your company. But before you sell any equity to friends, family or others, consider whether they are "accredited investors." ...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

An Invitation to Investors Risks Losing Control of Your Business

Cleve and I recently discussed how a business owner’s divorce might result in losing control of the business. While loss of business control by marital divorce is a real threat, many business owners lose their companies...more

Advisory Committee will Consider Accredited Investor Definition

The SEC announced that at the December 17th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies, the group will focus on the definition of “accredited investor.” ...more

A Q&A With Digital Media Investors Part I: Digital Media Funding Trends

Foley Partner Beth Felder gathered a group of digital media investor experts – Don Dodge, Developer Advocate for Google, James Geshwiler, Managing Director of CommonAngels and Eric Hjerpe, Partner at Kepha Partners – at our...more

Crowdfunding: Tips for the Start-Up

If you are a start-up considering the crowdfunding route, let’s talk. Here are a few tips to consider: - IP: Most crowdfunding portals require extensive disclosure of the start-up’s business plans and product...more

Angel Investment Trends: Q1 2014 Halo Report

The Q1 2014 Halo Report has been released by the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights. The Halo Report analyzes angel investment activity and trends in the United States. ...more

While UK tech start-ups face fierce competition for limited investment capital, MoFo’s Top 10 Legal Tips for Tech Start-Ups can...

As demonstrated during this week's inaugural London technology week there are an increasing number of UK start-ups competing for limited investment capital. In this crowded market, how do you make sure that your start-up...more

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