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In late 2015, Congress amended Section 4 of the Securities Act of 1933 to add new Section 4(a)(7), which permits resales of private, restricted stock after 90 days without requiring a registration with the SEC.
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - April 2019

April 19, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue’s topics include the SEC no action letter on utility tokens, raising capital as a public benefit corp, resales of private securities using Section 4(a)(7), distributing equity among start-up stakeholders, and the abc’s of California employment law.
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MintzTech Connect: How to Distribute Equity in Your Start-Up

April 19, 2019 | Article | By Patrick Elahmadie

The purpose of granting equity to management, employees and certain consultants is to align the interests of the parties pivotal to the growth of your company with the interests of investors. There are a number of different ways to grant equity in a start-up, the most common of which is stock options. (For an in-depth discussion of granting options, including reasons to give options, differences between Incentive Stock Options and Non-Incentive Stock Options, determining fair market value and vesting schedules, please see this post on our MintzEdge blog.
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As societies and markets increasingly insist that corporations generate positive social impact alongside profit, investors have taken notice. The global impact investing market alone, for instance, doubled from $114 billion in 2017 to $228 billion in 2018, and will almost certainly continue to accelerate.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events - April 2019

April 19, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

MintzTech upcoming events - April 2019
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The SEC Confirms the Limited Scope and Nature of Utility Tokens

April 9, 2019 | Alert | By Marine Bouaziz, Daniel DeWolf

This alert looks at recent SEC communications providing guidance on — and limiting the use of — digital tokens.
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Is Your Commercial Co-Venture in Compliance in all 50 States?

February 26, 2019 | Article | By Kaitlin Zellner

Commercial co-venture arrangements are a great way to blend philanthropy and commercial activities, but the parties in such an arrangement need to be mindful of the rules in each of the 50 states that govern commercial co-venture arrangements.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events - February 2019

February 7, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Upcoming events - TechConnect Industry News - February 2019
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MintzTech Connect: Meet Our Newest Team Members

February 7, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

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MintzTech Connect Industry News - February 2019

February 7, 2019 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue of TechConnect covers issues for emerging companies to consider when dividing and sharing equity and disproportional rights and controls for directors.

Employment Law Basics in California

January 30, 2019 | Podcast | By Jennifer Rubin, Sebastian E. Lucier

Jennifer Rubin, a Member in the Employment, Labor & Benefits Practice, and Sebastian Lucier, a Member in the Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice, discuss employment law related matters for companies operating in the state of California, including the challenges relating to characterizing an individual as an employee rather than an independent contractor.
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Section 141(d) of the Delaware General Corporations Law (DGCL) allows the certificate of incorporation (COI) of a Delaware corporation to confer upon one or more directors voting powers greater than or less than those of other directors, thus resulting in “disproportionate voting” rights amongst the Directors.
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Just about every emerging business/start-up lawyer could write a book (and many have!) on the topics of equity division, incorporation and the innumerable ‘other details’ founders need to keep in mind when starting a business!
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MintzTech Connect Innovator Profile: Templum Inc.

November 26, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Templum Inc., is a leading innovative financial technology company focused on the development of new market infrastructure for the digital asset sector. Templum Markets LLC, their captive broker-dealer and alternative trading system, offers issuers a platform for the initial sale of their digital assets and provides both issuers and investors a centralized platform for secondary trading.
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MintzTech Connect Upcoming Events - November 2018

November 26, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

Upcoming events - TechConnect Industry News - November 2018
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MintzTech Connect Industry News - November 2018

November 26, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Samuel Asher Effron

This issue of TechConnect covers liability considerations for directors of Delaware public benefit corporations and profiles FinTech company Templum.
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LLCs and Convertible Debt – Too Good to be True?

November 26, 2018 | Article | By Scott Pinarchick, Will Bussiere

Founders choosing a structure for their business are often drawn to the limited liability company, or LLC, for its overall flexibility in both taxation and governance matters. And founders seeking access to early capital, not to mention seed investors themselves, are often drawn to the convertible note as a simple, less expensive means to raise funds. But LLCs and convertible debt don’t always mix.
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Digital Tokens: Rethinking the Term “Cryptocurrency”

November 8, 2018 | Article | By Daniel DeWolf, Rachel Gholston, Marine Bouaziz

This article explains why the “cryptocurrency” label can be misleading, and suggests we use “virtual currencies,” “security tokens,” and “utility tokens” instead.
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There has been a marked increase in the amount of money being invested by Chinese investors into U.S. early stage biotechnology companies since 2017, spurred on by direct encouragement from Beijing through its Made in China 2025 industrial policy, which specifically targets biotech as a strategic industry eligible for greater government backing.
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MintzEdge 101: IP Strategies for Start-ups - Sean Grygiel (Mintz)

October 24, 2018 | Podcast | By Samuel Asher Effron, Sean Grygiel

Sam Effron, a Member in the Mintz Venture Capital & Emerging Companies Practice and co-editor of MintzEdge, sits down with Sean Grygiel, a Member in the Mintz Intellectual Property Practice, to discuss key IP considerations and strategies for new companies.
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