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Crowdfunding 101

by LeClairRyan on

“Crowdfunding” offers an option to startups and small businesses to raise capital, although it is a greatly misunderstood and misused term. It refers to the pooling of money from a crowd for the funding of a project or...more

Is Your Startup Prepared for the GDPR?

by WilmerHale on

Last month’s QuickLaunch University webinar focused on European data privacy legislation and more specifically, the ambitious General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that goes into full effect on May 25, 2018. WilmerHale...more

Legislative developments: Tech sector dodges blow and picks up limited win under tax reform bills—for now

by Dentons on

Technology sector startups and other emerging growth companies that typically rely on equity compensation to attract talent should be relieved—for now—by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act bill (HR 1) passed by the House on November...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2017 #4

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Developing Your Investor Network - Sometimes it really is who you know. Partners Jeff Stein and Jason Kropp discuss how to develop an investor network so you’re...more

[Webinar] Insurance Questions that Every Startup and Emerging Growth Company Should be Asking Themselves - November 7th, 10:00am...

by Payne & Fears on

Your start-up or emerging growth company is experiencing success and expansion. However, money remains tight and challenges abound. Among the many issues you must address is a business plan that protects you, your investment,...more

Five Takeaways From Fenwick’s Sixth Annual Digital Health Investor Summit

Fenwick’s Sixth Annual Digital Health Investor Summit started on an upbeat note with Rock Health’s Megan Zweig sharing the venture fund’s mid-year funding report. After the uncertainty brought by the 2016 presidential...more

The Difference Between Venture Capital And Private Equity (And How Star Wars And Star Trek Will Help You Remember Them).

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Quick quiz:- If your startup is seeking investors, will you have more success with private equity or venture capital firms? How about when you’re looking to sell that company? ...more

Intellectual Property 101: What It Is and Why I Should Protect It

by Varnum LLP on

Startups and early stage companies have many things to focus on and worry about, and the protection of intellectual property (IP) is likely not on the top of the list, if it’s on the list at all. Why? Because a business...more

Raising Capital from Individual Investors Using Regulation A+

by Varnum LLP on

Raising capital is essential to startups, and a new option to fundraising allows you to raise money from individual investors through the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Regulation A+. We'll explore the different...more

Road Map to Europe III - Why Europe is an Increasingly Exciting Place to Fund and Grow Companies

With an increasingly mature tech ecosystem, Europe has never been more attractive to international venture capital and growth equity investors. European Tech had its best ever fundraising year in 2016 with European companies...more

Key Considerations for Middle East Entities Looking to Invest in US Technology Companies

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Four of Latham & Watkins’ leading emerging company partners in Silicon Valley, Luke Bergstrom, Tad Freese, Jim Morrone and JD Marple, recently hosted a webinar titled “Achieving Successful Outcomes as a Non-US Company...more

Calculating the EGC’s $1 Billion Debt Limit

Amongst other limitations, an issuer will cease to be considered an “emerging growth company” as defined in Section 2(a)(19) of the Securities Act and unable to take advantage of the accommodations for such issuers set forth...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

EGC Corporate Governance Practices: A survey and related resources - February 2017

During 2016, there were relatively few companies that completed initial public offerings (“IPOs”). Some commentators attribute the dearth of IPOs in 2016 to volatility arising from, among other things, Brexit and the U.S....more

Valuation Disconnect Leads to 2016 IPO Drought

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

2016 turned out to be a terrible year for IPOs, both in terms of number of deals and aggregate proceeds. According to Renaissance Capital’s U.S. IPO Market 2016 Annual Review, only 105 companies went public on U.S....more

Legislation Creating Small Business Advocacy within the SEC Heading to the President’s Desk

On December 10, the SEC Small Business Advocate Act was approved by the Senate, clearing the way for signature by the President. The measure, which creates an advocacy office for the interests of small businesses within the...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - December, 2016

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: 7 Lessons for Founders on How to Stick Your Neck Out - Successful entrepreneurs know how to stick their necks out without losing their heads....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - August, 2016 #4

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: FAA's new drone laws go into effect Monday, allowing US companies to innovate - The regulatory scheme around civilian drones is still taking shape, but the...more

Key Metrics for Technology and Life Sciences Initial Public Offerings

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This report has been developed as a resource for our clients and friends interested in understanding recent IPO activity of technology and life sciences companies. This information comprises a number of graphs and charts...more

Equity compensation trend: extending the time to exercise vested stock options

by DLA Piper on

A number of high-profile technology companies recently adjusted their equity compensation programs in a manner they hope will help attract employee talent by providing an extended period to exercise vested stock options after...more

Moving Companies Forward: How Michelle Wilson Applies Her Expertise in Growth Companies to Her Role on the Board

Michelle Wilson knows growth. As senior vice president and general counsel for Amazon from 1999-2012, she helped guide the company through 13 years of growth. She currently serves on the boards of directors for Zendesk, Okta,...more

Security Interest v. License Agreement: Low Tech Precautions for the High Tech Investment

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In this exciting age of startups, the market is brimming with opportunities for individuals and entities alike to invest in emerging companies. Today’s rapid rate of technology development justifies investors’ eagerness to...more

Brexit: The Impact on the EC/VC Community

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The process of Brexit and the implications for our clients’ businesses will unfold over time. Our MoFo Brexit Task Force is coordinating Brexit-related legal analysis across all our offices and working with our clients on...more

SEC Proposes to Amend Smaller Reporting Company Definition

In the years following the JOBS Act, which created the term “emerging growth company” and made available certain disclosure and other accommodations to companies that qualified as EGCs, there has been renewed focus on scaled...more

Financial Services Committee Approves Bills Relating to Capital Access

At today’s House Financial Services Committee meeting, ten bills relating to facilitating access to capital and the reduction of regulatory burden on smaller reporting companies were approved.  Among the bills that passed the...more

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