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European Commission Publishes Action Plan on Building Capital Markets Union

The CMU is intended to strengthen access to public markets in the European Union, particularly for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). On 30 September, the European Commission (EC) published its action plan...more

Renewable Energy Update - October 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: Governor Brown signs climate-change bill that calls for more renewable energy and energy efficiency: OC Register - Oct 7: California Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB350, an ambitious bill...more

EVCA becomes “Invest Europe: The Voice of Private Capital”

EVCA has announced that it has changed its name to “Invest Europe: The Voice of Private Capital”. ...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - October 2015

A Note from the Editors - Our October edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights, the latest news from Capitol Hill, and a list of upcoming energy industry events. In Leaders in the...more

Commission adopts CMU action plan

The Commission has adopted an action plan setting out 20 key measures to achieving a true single market for capital in Europe (Capital Markets Union (CMU)). Key early action points include...more

Commission consults on EuVECA and EuSEF review

The Commission has launched a public consultation on the review of the EuVECA and EuSEF regime in an effort to increase the take-up of these funds since only a few have launched since the regime was introduced in 2013....more

Commission amends Solvency 2 delegated legislation

The Commission has made several amendments to the Solvency 2 Delegated Regulation as part of a host of measures brought in to form part of the CMU initiative. “Qualifying infrastructure investments” will now form a distinct...more

The EB-5 Program gains short-term extension in Congress

Congress recently passed a short-term extension to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (commonly known as the EB-5 Program or the Immigration Investor Program) from expiring. The EB-5 program adds versatility to the...more

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation Amending Solvency II Delegated Regulation on Treatment of infrastructure and ELTIF...

The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation amending the Solvency II Delegated Regulation (EU 2015(35)) concerning the calculation of regulatory capital requirements for several categories of assets held by...more

Gaining Appropriate Control in Italian Minority Investments

Minority investments are an increasing feature of the Italian PE market. One key driver of minority investments is demand from many entrepreneurs, founders and small and medium-sized businesses for funding to refinance...more

Highlights from the Tenth CEO/Innovators Roundtable: June 4 – 5, 2015

This past June, leaders from health systems, outpatient services companies, health insurers, IT and equipment suppliers, health retailers, home care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and investors gathered in Chicago for...more

Applying for a Patent? Tell a Good Invention Story!

What do Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye, and a well-drafted patent application have in common? They all tell good stories, of course! Telling a good story in a patent application is especially important for inventions in...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Venture Capital Fund Advisers Exemption

Investment advisers to venture capital funds are exempt from registration under the Investment Advisors Act if certain requirements are met. Amongst those requirements is that certain investments be made in qualifying...more

[Event] 2015 Business of Personalized Medicine Summit - Oct. 7, San Francisco, CA

Just as with patient treatments, one size does not fit all when it comes to companies involved in personalized medicine. Each is unique in its mission, culture, and capabilities, and so it should come as no surprise that each...more

Virtual Currencies - Mining the Possibilities

There are two distinct narratives surrounding virtual currencies. One picks up on countercultural elements – an extreme free market environment beloved by anarchists and criminals. The other describes a technology as...more

Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies Makes Three Written Recommendations to SEC

It was a productive morning at the last meeting of its current term for the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. The Committee, which has been renewed for two more years, approved three recommendations to...more

Matchmaker, Matchmaker Make me a… 506(b) Private Placement Investment

The SEC has given the go-ahead to a venture capital firm’s plan to conduct 506(b) private placements online. On August 5, 2015, the Commission issued a no-action letter to Citizen VC, Inc., saying the firm’s proposed online...more

Progress for Venture Exchanges

We have seen various initiatives intended to promote capital formation for smaller reporting companies and emerging growth companies. Among these initiatives, the development of venture exchanges in the United States appears...more

Luxembourg Welcomes its First European Venture Capital Fund (EuVECA) Manager and EuVECA Fund

This summer, DLA Piper advised the first-ever Luxembourg based EuVECA manager on its registration with the Luxembourg regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier, bringing the total number of EU level...more

Blog: 10 Suggestions for UK Entrepreneurs Preparing to Raise Venture Capital

Ready for show time? Is your story compelling enough to interest venture capital investors? Some businesses, even if they succeed, simply will not get large enough to deliver the kind of scaleability and potential future...more

Five Tips for a Successful Exit

Any number of factors can trigger a tech company’s exit: worn-out founders, anxious investors, industry consolidation, or wild, Instagram-like success. As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility and timing of...more

“Silicon Valley”: Start Me Up

Mike Judge has done it again. A few months ago, I wrote about one of my favorite workplace flicks, Office Space, and the dangers of pushing off uncomfortable employment issues (specifically Milt Waddams, a mumbly...more

Pending Legislation Relating to Capital Formation

A number of bills promoting access to capital formation have been introduced during the 114th Congress. The focus remains on reducing and eliminating burdensome regulation for smaller reporting companies and emerging...more

In re Alternate Fuels, Inc.: Key Takeaways for Venture Capitalists Working with Emerging Companies

Venture capitalists (“VCs”) often provide needed debt financing such as bridge loans to emerging companies in financial distress. However, given their insider status with these companies, VCs may encounter issues with such...more

The Telehealth Top 10 for 2015

Telehealth continues to be an innovative alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar medicine. The number of providers offering telehealth services is rapidly increasing and states are enacting laws requiring health plans to...more

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