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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 31, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The State of Venture Capital - How much VC money is out there, and where is it coming from? Click through to the full presentation for a detailed...more

Charlottesville as a "Hotbed for Innovation": Fastest Growing Area in US for Venture Capital Funding

Where a court is located often determines the type of cases that it hears. For example, the "Rocket Docket" of the Eastern District of Virginia hears a large number of patent and technology-related cases both because of the...more

Alert: Upcoming Regulatory Deadlines for VC and PE Firms

This alert highlights near-term regulatory deadlines that commonly apply to venture capital and private equity firms. February 16, 2016. Firms that hold, or have traded in significant positions in public company...more

Tax Law Changes Favorable to Venture Capital and Private Equity Investors

The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” (PATH) Act was recently signed into law, and two provisions in particular benefit venture capital, private equity, and other investors owning or planning to purchase a corporation....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 24, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Last-minute change to privacy bill adds tension to US-EU negotiations - Privacy law is easy for companies to overlook until a problem arises, and even more so...more

Islamic Finance News 2016 Annual Guide

A volatile year for Islamic finance – the only way is up? Once again the close of the year has come around more quickly than we ever thought possible, and it is time again for our annual review and outlook of the Islamic...more

The Effect of Companies’ Late Stage Venture Financings on Their IPOs 2014 - 2015

To better understand the effect that the terms and valuations of late stage financings are having on IPOs, we undertook an analysis of the 41 US-based technology companies that went public in 2014-2015 and that had undertaken...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - Week of January 17, 2016

The 4 Kinds of Series A Rounds in Enterprise - Elsewhere on this very blog, we’re in the middle of a three-part series on methods of Series Seed financing. But for those looking to make the leap to Series A, especially...more

Seed Investing: Understanding the Landscape - Part II

In this second post of our three-part blog series on the different types of seed instruments we will explore Series Seed. Series Seed documents were introduced by startup lawyer Ted Wang and venture capital firm...more

B.C. Government Announces Next Steps in #BCTECH Strategy to Bolster Technology Sector

The B.C. government has announced a multi-year #BCTECH Strategy to bolster the vibrant technology sector in B.C. Following the announcement of the C$100-million B.C. Tech Fund in December 2015 aimed at advancing the first...more

2015, A Bad Year for VC-backed IPOs

PitchBook’s 2015 Annual U.S. Venture Industry Report reported a total of 73 venture capital-backed IPOs were conducted in 2015, the lowest number since 2013. The number of VC-backed IPOs had been climbing since 2009, from 10...more

The Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act: Quick and Easy – But Does it Work in the VC/PE Context?

The Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (DRAA), effective as of May 2, 2015, is a recent arbitration statute that promises to be popular among parties to a wide range of business agreements. The DRAA is intended to be used...more

The Life Sciences Report - Winter 2016

Ten Considerations for Companies Evaluating a Pre-Negotiated Acquisition - In recent years, there has been a shift in the research and development strategy of large pharmaceutical and medical device companies from...more

Evolution Of The Entrepreneur-VC Relationship

Buzzwords from the last few months of 2015 included unicorpse, bubble and contracting market, juxtaposed with new and bigger funds being raised, more money being invested, more unicorns being born and the number of...more

OrbiMed Launches $950 Million VC Healthcare Fund

OrbiMed has announced the closing of its next venture capital fund with $950 million in limited partner commitments. OrbiMed, headquartered in New York City, is an investment firm dedicated to the healthcare sector, with...more

Qualified Small Business Stock Tax Incentives Made Permanent

What happened? On December 18, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”), a measure that, among other things, retroactively renews, extends and...more

New Tax Incentives for Early Stage Investment

On 7 December 2015, the Federal Government released an Innovation Statement which included important tax concessions aimed at making early stage investment more attractive. The concessions are expected to commence from 1 July...more

Securities Enforcement Alert: SEC Exam Group Beginning Routine Examinations of Venture Capital and Other Exempt Reporting Advisers

In an important break from past practice, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) is reported to be conducting routine examinations of investment advisers to venture...more

Australian Tax Alert: Innovation Nation?

The Government's National Innovation & Science Agenda (Innovation Agenda), released on 7 December 2015, sets out a number of proposed changes aimed at improving the regulatory and tax landscape for start-ups in Australia....more

Relief! New Act Lifts Regulatory Burdens on SBICs

Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) investment advisers will now have reduced registration requirements under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act), thanks to the recently enacted SBIC Advisers Relief Act....more

National Innovation & Science Agenda

The Federal Government yesterday released its much anticipated National Innovation and Science Agenda which proposes a series of tax amendments. Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (ESVCLPs) and Venture...more

Venture Capital Coast to Coast – December 2015

2015 on Pace for Big Year Despite 3rd Quarter Cooldown - VC investment slowed in Q3 2015, yet 2015 is still on track to be one of the best years in several decades. “Venture Capital Cools in Third Quarter,”...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Third Quarter 2015

Background - We analyzed the terms of 175 venture financings closed in the third quarter of 2015 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results continued to...more

A Snapshot of New SEC Crowdfunding Rules

At the end of October 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission finally passed new federal crowdfunding rules. Crowdfunders will have to wait until April 2016, when the new rules "go live," to raise funds. Here are four...more

Key Considerations for Companies Seeking Early Stage Funding

From accelerators to crowdfunding, and angel funding to venture capital, early stage funding is evolving. At the 2015 FOLEYTech Summit, the speakers on “Exploring the Evolution of Early Stage Funding” panel discussed some of...more

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