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Recently, Craig Lewis, the Chief Economist and Director of the SEC’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, commented on the economic impact of various JOBS Act reforms, or the effects on “efficiency, competition, and...more

Venture Perspectives - New England Edition: Fourth Quarter and Year 2013

In This Issue: - Activity Level of 2013 New England Transactions - All Rounds - Activity Level of New England Seed Transactions - Activity Level of New England Series A Transactions - Activity Level of New...more

ESMA Publishes Q&A Paper on Regulation of European Venture Capital Funds and European Social Entrepreneurship Funds

On March 26, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a Questions and Answers paper on the application of the European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) Regulation (Regulation 346/2013) and the...more

Bill Aims To Exempt Venture Capital Company Equity Security Investments From Lenders Law

California requires persons who are engaged in the business of making loans to be licensed under the Finance Lenders Law. Cal. Fin. Code § 22000 et seq. This had been an issue for venture capital funds that extended bridge...more

Digital Health Investments Heat Up In 2014

Fundraising for digital health continued on its record pace in February with more than $320 million in venture, debt and private equity investment going into the burgeoning sector....more

3 Fundraising Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Make (and How to Avoid Them)

Some startups want to tout big fundraising numbers. Resist that urge. Focus on a smart valuation and return focus to the product....more

Trends in Legal Terms in Venture Financings in Israel 2013

Background — We have analyzed the terms of venture financings for Israeli and Israeli-related technology companies that reported raising money during 2013. Our survey does not include financing rounds of less than US...more

The Pepper 5: On 2014 Venture Capital Funding Outlook [Video]

This is a podcast series where we ask Pepper attorneys five key questions on topics that are top of mind for our clients. Today we are focusing on venture funding and our guest is Pepper partner Steven R. London from our...more

Houston-based SURGE Accelerator and the Success of Startup Accelerators

The Houston-based SURGE Accelerator connects energy-oriented startups with industry leaders and mentors in order to solve the world’s energy problems using technology. The mentor-driven, venture accelerator puts energy tech...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Fourth Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 124 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2013....more

Venture Perspectives - New England Outlook: Third Quarter 2013

Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings Included in this Issue: ..Activity Level of New England Transactions: Q3 2012 -Q3 2013 - All Rounds ..Activity Level of New England Seed ...more

Biotech Venture Funding Rebounded in 2013 After Strong Fourth Quarter

Earlier this month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its MoneyTree Report on venture funding for 2013. The report,...more

2013 annual venture investment dollars rise 7%

According to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), venture capitalists invested $29.4 billion in 3,995 deals in 2013, an increase of 7% in dollars and a 4%...more

Start-Up Raising Capital? Some Common Features of Preferred Shares & Why Some Select Preferred Shares over Convertible Debt

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Preferred Shares is one product that can be offered to Investors. Many Founders have asked us to explain exactly what Preferred Shares are and...more

Yes – ICAV! Irish Minister for Finance Announces New Irish Corporate Fund Vehicle

The Irish Minister for Finance published the General Scheme of the Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (ICAV) Bill 2014, shortly before Christmas (20 December). The ICAV is a new corporate vehicle designed...more

Court Rules Private Fund Data Is Not A Public Record

Private equity and venture capital funds like public pension fund money but they don’t necessarily like the consequences of having the government as an investor. As noted in this post, this was illustrated by Superior Court...more

Covered Funds Aspects of the Volcker Rule – Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") issued a final rule, and the Commodity Futures...more

Guidance on the Exemption for Advisers to Venture Capital Funds

The Division of Investment Management of the SEC recently issued Guidance on the Exemption for Advisers to Venture Capital Funds under five different scenarios. ...more

SEC Provides Guidance on Exemption for Advisers to Venture Capital Funds

Recent guidance from the SEC provides clarity for advisers to venture capital funds on the permissibility of a number of common practices in the venture capital industry under the VC Exemption. Specifically, the guidance...more

The Uncertain Status of Demo Days and Pitch Days Requires Special Care

We've all heard the statistics, that the private market for fundraising is larger than the public market, and that angel investors in the private market are responsible for nearly all seed and early-stage deals. In 2012, for...more

SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on the Venture Capital Fund Adviser Exemption

On December 2, 2013, the SEC's Division of Investment Management issued a new "Guidance Update" that provides some important interpretive guidance on the exemption from registration under the Investment Advisers act of 1940...more

SEC Staff Elaborates on Venture Capital Adviser Exemption

The SEC’s Division of Investment Management provided advisers to venture capital funds with guidance on fund structures that do not jeopardize an adviser’s ability to rely on the exemption from registration provided by...more

Can crowdfunding equity holders and angel and VC investors co-exist?

One of the concerns that pop up in the commentary regarding the viability of equity crowdfunding under the proposed Regulation Crowdfunding is an anticipated reluctance on the part of angel investors and VC investors to take...more

SEC Gives Guidance On Venture Capital Exemption

The SEC Division of Investment Management has provided guidance regarding the application of the exemption from investment adviser registration available to an investment adviser that advises solely one or more “venture...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Third Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 128 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2013. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in...more

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