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|The Venture Capitalist Said "Protectable IP"|
Michael A. Mann; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
July 5, 2012, previously published on June 28, 2012He wanted protectable intellectual property. The venture capitalist didn't say protected IP or protective IP, just protectable IP. Was that sarcasm or was he distinguishing among types of intellectual property?: protectable versus unprotectable. “Unprotectable” sounds like the...
|SEC Adopts Rules Requiring Listing Standards for Compensation Committees and Compensation Advisers|
Paul Bork, Dean F. Hanley; Foley Hoag LLP;
June 28, 2012, previously published on June 26, 2012On June 20, 2012 the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act), that direct the national securities exchanges to adopt listing standards for public company boards of directors, compensation committees, and compensation advisers. These...
|US$500 and a Click: Investing the “Crowdfunding” Way|
Anthony D. Foti, Stuart H. Gelfond; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP;
June 19, 2012, previously published on June 12, 2012The recently enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act was intended to make raising equity capital easier, particularly for smaller startup companies. A key provision of the JOBS Act relates to “crowdfunding,” which amends the securities laws to add a new registration exemption...
Yulin Liu; Zhong Lun Law Firm;
June 11, 2012The Growth Enterprise Market (“GEM”) is opening soon. Will it be a good exit for foreign PE? In addressing this issue, this article shows that Chinese GEM does make it possible for foreign PEs to exit from the company they invested in a reasonably short time. However, if it were not...
|SBA Proposed Rule Opens the Door to Small Business Ownership by Venture Capitalists, Hedge Funds, and Private Equity Firms|
Tricia Clarke Bell, Barbara A. Duncombe; Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP;
June 8, 2012, previously published on June 5, 2012The National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2012 extended the Small Business Innovation Research (“SBIR”) and Small Business Technology Transfer (“STTR”) programs through September 30, 2017. Also, for the first time, the NDAA allowed SBIR and...
|State Small Business Credit Initiative Offers Big Growth Opportunities For Small Businesses|
Shawn M. Young; Strauss Troy Co., L.P.A.;
June 8, 2012, previously published on June 6, 2012The Ohio State Small Business Credit Initiative gives small businesses and manufacturers new opportunities for growth. Here are the details.
|Five Rules of Thumb for Issuing Stock Options to Directors and Advisors of Emerging Growth Companies|
William W. Eigner, Brian Headman; Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP;
June 7, 2012, previously published on May 31, 2012A properly selected Board of Directors and Board of Advisors can be an invaluable asset to an emerging company. Building these boards is an early opportunity for a start-up company to gain credibility, industry contacts, experienced counseling and even access to cash. However, the right board...
|Increase of the minimum average term of foreign loans|
Velloza Girotto Advogados Associados S.C.;
June 7, 2012On March 12, 2012, Decree No. 7,698, of March 12, 2012 (“Decree No. 7,698/2012”) was published
on the Brazilian Federal Official Gazette, changing article 15-A of Decree No. 6,306, of December 14,
2007, which regulates the Tax on Credit, Foreign Exchange (“FX”), Insurance...
|Flow-Through Shares for the Innovation Sector|
Richard S. Sutin; Norton Rose Canada LLP;
June 1, 2012, previously published on May 2012Underlying the current financial crisis, developed economies continue to struggle with the twin challenges of a disruptive global re-ordering and the transition from industrial to knowledge-based economies. Given the huge impact on future jobs and prosperity, policy-makers have recognized the need...
|JOBS Act Aims to Promote Capital Formation|
Berger Singerman LLP;
May 31, 2012, previously published on May 2012The JOBS Act contains a sweeping set of changes to the U.S. securities laws governing public and private offerings, but its real impact on issuers, investors and other market participants largely awaits further SEC rule-making and interpretation. The following provides highlights of some of the key...