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8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment

So, you’re about to raise money for the first time. Good luck! Before you start approaching VC firms for pitch opportunities, though, be aware that investors typically expect a certain amount of organization and structure...more

Is Your Baby Your Buyer’s Collateral?

Even before dealing with the intricacies of nondisclosure agreements, employment offer letters, stock restriction agreements, and incentive plans, it is not unusual for founders to have already dreamt of an IPO or sale event....more

The Return of Biotech IPOs

Biotech IPO market activity has recently returned to levels not seen since before the financial crisis. This has been brought about in part by the accommodations afforded issuers under the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act...more

Orrick Technology IPO Insights for Q2 2014

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Orrick Technology IPO Insights, a quarterly publication highlighting trends in U.S. information technology company IPOs. We isolate technology companies in order to analyze and present...more

Overcrowding?

This morning’s IFR US ECM Briefing reported on another significant IPO trend—the fact that over time it has become more common for IPO issuers to appoint several co-managers. ...more

Key Metrics for Recent Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings - H1 2014

In this Survey: - Survey Results - Offerings Completed - Size of Offerings, Red Herring Midpoint - Size of Offerings, Final IPO Price - Aggregate Amount Raised, Red Herring Midpoint...more

Equity capital markets: the pull of the IPO

Set against a favorable backdrop of low interest rates, reduced volatility and increased risk tolerance among investors, 2014 started well for IPOs around the world. Activity in the largest markets returned to levels not seen...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Second Quarter 2014

We analyzed the terms of 174 venture financings closed in the second quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley....more

From Here to Eternity or San Juan! - Transitional Tax Planning with Pre-IPO or Appreciating Closely Held Stock

Speaking of Eternity, I must admit that I am a big fan of gospel music. While I like old school or traditional gospel, I prefer the newer R&B urban sound popularized beginning with Andrew Crouch and later Fred Hammond and...more

Post-JOBS Act IPO Trends

Earlier this month, we commented on some statistics regarding the number of IPOs and the IPO backlog (based on public filings). Here, we offer a few more insights into recent trends in the IPO market based on various...more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - June 26, 2014

In This Issue: - SBA Ups Size Standards, Allowing 8,400 Firms to Become Small Biz - Auditors Want to Limit Reporting of 'Critical Audit Matters' - House Approves Permanent Extension of Small Business Tax...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - First Quarter 2014

We analyzed the terms of 156 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in 1Q14 were very...more

Mergers and Acquisitions are Back – The Impact on Emerging Companies

Recent statistics have confirmed what many executives, lawyers and advisors have sensed for the past few quarters: mergers and acquisitions of emerging technology companies, especially those in mobile, social, analytics and...more

The Life Sciences Report - Spring 2014

In this issue: - A New Accelerator Takes Digital Health Start-Ups to the Next Level - The Return of the MedTech IPO Market - Is There a Deal in Your Future? A Guide to Navigating Antitrust Waters -...more

A Look at the Surge in Life Sciences IPOs

After a sluggish few years, the IPO market came back to life in 2013, led by a surge of IPOs by life sciences companies. In this lw.com interview, Latham & Watkins partner Peter Handrinos explains what’s behind this uptick...more

Key Metrics for Recent Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings - 2013

In This Issue: - Survey Results - Offerings Completed - Size of Offerings 2013, Red Herring Midpoint - Size of Offerings 2013, Final IPO Price - Aggregate Amount Raised 2013, Red Herring...more

What’s Driving the Strong U.S. IPO Market? A Look at the JOBS Act at Its Second Anniversary In Light of the Increased IPO Volume

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”), designed to stimulate IPO activity in the U.S. is celebrating its second anniversary this month at a time when U.S. IPO activity is at a high since 2000. While...more

Thinking IPO? Timing Is Everything

Notwithstanding the fact that the last several weeks did not go as planned for a few of the companies pricing or looking to price IPOs, and the associated speculation that the IPO window may be narrowing (if not closing) for...more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - March 27, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Considers Whether Corporations Can Lie to Investors - Nasdaq Enters Pre-IPO Market with Private Exchange - Many Early-Stage Start-Ups Still Struggle to Get Funding - Venture...more

A tipping point in US capital markets: the impact of the JOBS Act on foreign issuers

For most of the 20th century and into the 21st century, the US equities market has been the deepest, broadest and largest equities market in the world. Historically, growing companies, whether domestic or foreign, have south...more

Making Sense of Your Options: Raising Capital In Private Offerings

Let’s say you have started/built this really great business that needs funding right now to launch, survive, expand, take it to the next level, etc. If you are not ready for an I.P.O. yet, and the “ready-for-prime-time”...more

Testing the Waters

An issuer that is considering or that has commenced an initial public offering (“IPO”) should take special care to familiarize itself with the communications rules applicable to offerings....more

The plus side of Reg A

To date, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) is best known for legalizing securities crowdfunding (better called ‘crowd investing’), lifting the ban on the mass marketing of private offerings, and fostering...more

"The JOBS Act: The Resurgent IPO Market and What We Learned in Year Two"

Almost two years have passed since the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the JOBS Act) was signed into law to ease regulatory burdens on smaller companies and facilitate public and private capital formation. The provisions...more

SEC Releases Proposed Rules for Regulation A+ under the JOBS Act: A Promising and Innovative Route to Capital Formation for Young...

The SEC has released long-awaited proposed rules to implement Title IV of the JOBS Act, now known as Regulation A+. This regulation could bridge a difficult gap for small companies looking to raise capital. If your company...more

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