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IMHO, Omnicare Doesn’t Materially Change Opinion Disclosure

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its anticipated Omnicare decision, which addresses the standard of liability applied to expressions of opinion in a registration statement for a public offering. While there will be clamoring about Omnicare (it is somewhat rare for the Supreme Court to issue securities law decisions), in my opinion the case does not involve a fundamental shift in how disclosure is drafted, although it does invite a few drafting and diligence strategies.…

Interactive 2015 Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook

Compliments of our DLA Piper colleagues in the data protection and privacy practice, and co-editors Kate Lucente and John Townsend, here is the DLA Piper 2015 Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook. This updated 2015 online edition of the handbook offers a high-level snapshot of selected features of international laws as they currently stand in 77 jurisdictions across the world.…

Three Trends in 2014 Venture Capital Funding

Contributed by our colleague Mark Radcliffe

2014 was a great year for startups seeking funding.  Two of the leading reporting companies, PitchBook and CB Insights, report similar trends (both of these reports focus on funding by traditional financial venture capitalists and corporate venture capitalists, but the numbers differ because PitchBook also includes some angel investments).…

Franchise tax due by March 1 (a Sunday!) for Delaware corporations: two methods of calculation, two vastly different results

Just a reminder to those who have Delaware corporations, your annual report and franchise tax payment are both due by March 1 (which falls on a Sunday this year so plan accordingly). At this point, you have likely already received from Delaware your notification of annual report and franchise tax due, which is sent to a corporation’s registered agent in December or January of each year.…

Tax reform after the mid-terms: Why we can expect Congress to act

Article prepared by and republished courtesy of our colleagues Evan Migdail, Bruce Thompson and Linda Pfatteicher; originally published here: http://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/insights/publications/2014/11/tax-reform-after-the-mid-terms/.

While some aspects of the agenda for the incoming Republican-controlled 114th Congress are still in formulation, there is no question that tax reform will be a top priority.…

Recent SEC Interpretations Facilitate Intrastate Crowdfunding

The SEC has recently issued interpretations regarding Rule 147.  This rule provides a safe harbor under Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, which exempts from federal registration securities offered and sold only to persons resident within a single state or territory, in which the issuer is also resident. …

What is Micro-Venture Capital?

Over the past few years, a new funding source for seed stage startups has developed and quickly become an integral part of the startup ecosystem.  This newer brand of investor is typically labeled a seed venture or micro-venture capital fund (a Micro-VC).…

Angel Investment Trends: Q1 2014 Halo Report

The Q1 2014 Halo Report has been released by the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights. The Halo Report analyzes angel investment activity and trends in the United States. Here are a couple interesting Q1 2014 highlights:

  • The median angel round size jump to $980K (up from $750K in each of Q1 and Q4 2013);
  • The median round size was $1.65M when angel groups co-invest with other types of investors;
  • The median seed stage pre-money valuation increased slightly to $2.7M;
  • Angel groups continue to primarily invest within their home state, with 75% of angel group investments made intrastate;
  • California was the most active region for angel deals completed (at 17.7% of the total deals), however, the Great Lakes region accounted for the most total dollars invested (at 24.6% of total dollars invested); and
  • The top three industry sectors attracting angel investment were Internet, healthcare and mobile, both in number of deals and total dollars invested – with the Internet sector accounting for the most deals and total dollars by a significant margin.

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

Perkins, Rachel_Headshot.jpgCONTRIBUTED BY
Rachel M. Perkins
rachel.perkins@dlapiper.com

Startups and public companies alike often use equity to help attract, retain and incentivize talented employees and other service providers. The different forms of awards have proliferated in the past several years, though, leading to a confusing “alphabet soup” of jargon that often frustrates both the recipients of grants and the company itself.…

Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report

CB Insights recently released its Pacific Northwest Investment and Exit Report, which analyzed private company investment and exit activity over the past five years. The report collected data from all activity sources, including venture capital, private equity, strategic corporate investments, corporate venture investors, angels, incubators and accelerators.…

You think your merger is too small for antitrust laws to apply…think again: Top 10 tips in non-reportable transactions

Article prepared by and republished courtesy of our colleagues Steven Levitsky and Paolo Morante; originally published here: http://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/insights/publications/2014/05/merger-enforcement-actions-below-the-hsr-threshold/.

“Less is more” may be true in architecture, but in merger clearance law, “less” is still enough to trigger antitrust investigations and litigation and rescission of the whole transaction.…

Reducing startup brain damage: Delaware moves to further streamline corporate processes for emerging companies

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Ed Batts
ed.batts@dlapiper.com

Proposed amendments to the Delaware General Corporations Law (DGCL) for 2014 aim to significantly streamline routine questions that often prove vexing for emerging growth companies and newly formed subsidiaries of larger companies.

It is a fact of life that people leave jobs. …

Cayman Islands Revise Exempted Limited Partnership Law and Pass New Legislation Allowing Enforcement of Contracts by Third Party Beneficiaries

Earlier this month the Cayman Islands passed new legislation revising its existing Exempted Limited Partnership Law.  The new legislation, the Exempted Limited Partnership Law 2014, replaces the existing legislation in its entirety and has a primary objective of providing Cayman Islands partnerships with more flexibility in a number of areas and generally bringing Cayman Islands law into closer conformity with existing laws in more familiar jursidictions such as Delaware. …

Angel investment trends; 2013 year in review

Today the Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights released their angel group 2013 year in review, the Halo Report. The Halo Report analyzes angel investment activity and trends in the United States. Here are a couple interesting 2013 highlights:

  • The median angel round size remained steady over the last three years at $600K;
  • The median angel round size for 2013 was $1.7M when angel groups co-invest with other types of investors, which was an increase over the median 2012 round size of $1.5M;
  • The median pre-money valuation for early stage angel group deals in 2013 was $2.5M, which was consistent with 2012 median valuations although 2013 saw more high-valuation deals close than 2012;
  • Together, Internet, healthcare and mobile companies comprised 74% of angel group deals and 79% of angel group dollars, a significant increase from the prior year;
  • The median angel round size for healthcare deals jumped to $1.6M in 2013 (from $1.1M in 2012), which was the largest increase by sector; and
  • As with prior years, California was the most active region for angel deals, both in number of deals (18.6%) and total dollars invested (19.6%).

Prize promotions across the world handbook

CONTRIBUTED BY
Scott W. Pink
scott.pink@dlapiper.com

DLA Piper’s Advertising Group is pleased to present the 2014 edition of our Prize Promotions Across the World Handbook, covering 20 jurisdictions. Many companies use prize promotions as an effective and increasingly popular marketing tool — and the internet and various social media platforms make this an attractive, cost efficient means of reaching a large, multi-jurisdictional customer base, but it is not without its legal challenges.…

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