Startups

Employee and Other Proprietary Information & Invention Assignment Agreements – Update for New Trade Secret Law

On May 11, President Barack Obama today signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law.  The law is effective immediately.  The DTSA provides a federal claim for misappropriation of trade secrets. Until now, trade secrets have been protected only at the state level, with most states (other than New York ...

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Angel Investment Trends: FY 2015 Halo Report

Franchise tax due by March 1 for Delaware corporations: two methods of calculation, two vastly different results

Angel Investment Trends: Q3 2015 Halo Report

Investors

So Your Fund Wants to Invest in Canada, Eh?

Despite a recent cooling in the overall investment climate, the number of active U.S. venture investors in Canada has more than doubled over the past five years. This migration north coincides with a climb in overall venture investment activity in Canada, increasingly challenging pricing on U.S.-based deals and a lower ...

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SEC Sanctions Private Equity Fund Adviser For Acting As An Unregistered Broker

Marketing Technology Landscape Infographic

Unicorn Infographic and 2015 Trends

VC Funds and Tax

“Qualified Client” Threshold Increasing to $2.1M

The SEC has updated the net worth threshold for “qualified clients” from $2.0 million to $2.1 million, effective August 15, 2016. Section 205 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”) generally prohibits a registered investment adviser from entering into an advisory contract that provides for compensation ...

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100% exclusion for Federal capital gains tax on the sale of QSBS permanently extended

Equity Compensation Alphabet Soup – ISO, NSO, RSA, RSU and more

Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report

IPOs and M&A

The Hot List: 2016 Proxy Season Trends and Action Items

Article prepared by and republished courtesy of our colleagues Sanjay M. Shirodkar, David P. Lewis and Louis Lehot; originally published here: https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/insights/publications/2016/01/the-hot-list-2016-proxy-season-trends As we enter 2016, we want to bring your attention to a few items that we believe will play prominent  roles in the 2016 proxy season.  In 2015, proxy ...

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Audit Firms Must Disclose Engagement Partner

SEC guidance on “catching up” delinquent filers

Merger activity remains strong in Q3 2015; average deal size spikes

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