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I-18- DC Update on Joint Employer and OT Issues, and Part 1 of an Expert Interview on Pay Equity Audits

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode of Employment Law Now provides an update on current DC initiatives to change joint employer and overtime exemption standards, as well as Part 1 of a two-part interview with a leading expert on conducting an...more

With Zenefits Settlement Award SEC Demonstrates Continued Commitment to “Unicorn” Scrutiny Despite Administration Change: Same Old...

Last week the SEC announced it had reached an agreement with privately-held company Zenefits, and its co-founder and former CEO Parker Conrad, to settle allegations that Zenefits materially misled Series B and C investors....more

2017 Proxy Season Results in Silicon Valley and Large Companies Nationwide

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This companion supplement to the Fenwick survey, “Corporate Governance Practices and Trends: A Comparison of Large Public Companies and Silicon Valley Companies,” covers trends in stockholder voting at annual meetings in the...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey – Third Quarter 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This quarter we are giving you, our readers, a “First Look” that allows us to provide you the top line trends for venture capital financings of Silicon Valley companies in Q3 more quickly. This “First Look” report will be...more

DOJ Vows Criminal Prosecution of Employee "No Poaching" Agreements

A few years ago, several Silicon Valley employers made news when they were accused of agreeing among themselves not to solicit each other’s programmers and software engineering employees. These employees are in high demand,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Vanguard’s not well known for making waves, but the $4.5 trillion mutual-fund manager has quietly increased its corporate engagement activity over the past year—discussing governance, pay, and other issues with nearly a...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - August, 2017 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why Startups Should Look for Opportunity Between the Coasts - Startups might consider an extended pit stop in the “flyover” states, where smaller cities are...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey – Second Quarter 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This report analyzes the valuations and terms of venture financings for 208 companies headquartered in the Silicon Valley that raised capital in the second quarter of 2017. Overview of Results - Valuations Continue...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Labor Department has proposed (in a District of Minnesota court filing, at least) an 18-month delay in the retirement-adviser fiduciary duty rule compliance deadline. Experts suggest that a significantly revised rule is...more

Go West: Venture Financings and Expansion Projects in the United States

At $15 billion, venture capital and private equity investment flow from the United States into Germany in Q1 2017 is already triple the levels of the prior two years. As the U.S. and German tech ecosystems become more closely...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A banner round of stress-testing for the US’s biggest banks (all passed for the first time in the test’s 7-year history) is seen as paving the way for banks to pay out their largest dividends in nearly a decade....more

Grand Jury Indicts Startup Founder Isaac Choi – Implications for Silicon Valley

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On June 7, the U.S. Department of Justice arrested Isaac Choi, the founder and former chief executive of the Silicon Valley startup, WrkRiot, on wire fraud charges. A San Jose, California grand jury had indicted Choi under...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Several members of healthcare hedge fund Deerfield Mgmt have been implicated in an insider-trading case over the alleged use of confidential information about gov’t financing to trade shares in affected health care companies....more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey - First Quarter 2017

by Fenwick & West LLP on

We analyzed the terms of 191 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2017 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Venture valuations showed small...more

Trump Targets Tech Teams (And Others) Through H-1B Crackdown

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order this week directing a full review of the H-1B visa program as part of a continued push to clamp down companies that hire foreign labor instead of American workers. The centerpiece of...more

From Garage to Global Coverage: SmallSat Growth and Opportunities are the Focus of the 2017 SmallSat Symposium and CSSMA Meeting

by Hogan Lovells on

At this year’s SmallSat Symposium in Silicon Valley, February 6-8, 2017, attendees exchanged perspectives on promoting innovation and development in the satellite industry, all surrounded by exhibits of the first computers...more

"Look Mom No Hands!" But Lots of Rules for AI Cars in California

by Lewitt Hackman on

You may have heard the news: An Uber Technologies Inc. autonomous vehicle was involved in an accident in Arizona. A human driver in a Honda CRV turning left at a yellow light hit the self-driving Volvo as it was crossing the...more

Corporate Governance Features: for Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area Public Companies

Orrick has unveiled an unprecedented new study examining the corporate governance structures of the largest public companies in the Bay Area, including tech industry leaders. The comprehensive study reviewed the 153...more

A Startup Attorney’s Tips to Advance Private Company Diversity

by Fenwick & West LLP on

One of the biggest contributors to a lack of corporate diversity is the size of a company. And the problems are often traceable to the company’s leanest, earliest days. One of my key messages to clients is that it’s never too...more

Unions Continue Their Organizing Success in Silicon Valley

by Perkins Coie on

In addition to championing greater employee and workplace protections via ballot measures and city ordinances in Santa Clara County, California, several unions have set their eyes on the employees of the private companies...more

Gender Diversity Survey - 2016 Proxy Season Results

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The Fenwick & West Gender Diversity Survey provides unique insight into women’s participation at the most senior levels of public technology and life sciences companies in the Silicon Valley 150 Index (SV 150) and the large...more

Avoid Paying The Piper: Tune Your Startup to Avoid Harassment Claims

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Heeding some lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley” can help employers avoid mistakes related to potential hostile work environments and discrimination that might occur in a startup environment. In a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Deal Professor thinks that Alibaba’s play for MoneyGram (via its Ant Financial arm) could tell us a lot about how the new administration will handle Chinese investment in the US....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Turns out the Fed’s plate isn’t just full of decisions surrounding interest rates. It’s got a massive portfolio of mortgage and Treasury securities that needs some serious tending, too....more

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