Exclusively what and restricted to whom? Restricted Stock Basics

I have seen increasing interest in restricted stock as a form of founder/early employee compensation.  While  many entrepreneurs are well versed in stock options, their understanding is less precise when we discuss restricted stock. Restricted stock is fairly straight forward. The company issues common stock to the employee and puts some restrictions on the stock.  So what […]

My First Guest Spot: Drafting Legal Documents for New Business

I am very excited for my first guest lecture.  My colleague Gabrielle Lessard asked that I teach part of today’s class at Boalt – Drafting Legal Documents for New Business.    I will post a version of the presentation later this week.  I will cover such exciting topics such as Regulation D, California Qualification by […]

Don’t forget Rule 701: the exemption for employees and consultants

Launching a company is relatively easy in the USofA.  File a few forms, pay your State and local government the required fees and you’re off. Many places even allow you to do this online.  Things get more complicated, however, when shares are issued to investors or employees. Most startup types are familiar with Regulation A […]

Empowering local communities: loca-investing

The grassroots effort to empower local communities has touched just about all facets of the economy.  One initiative is to create regional stock exchanges: loca-investing.  If successful, loca-investing would give small and medium size businesses another tool to raise money from their community.  Something that’s good for the company and the community. Bringing loca-investing to […]

The Kauffman Founation proposes The Startup Act to Congress

The Kauffman Foundation is promoting new federal legislation to promote jobs growth: The Startup Act. Although it’s not without controversy, a couple of the provisions within the Act are widely supported and startups should be aware of how that will impact patent filings and incentivize investment in new ventures. What the Startup Act changes Proposed […]

Sustainable Economies Law Center comments on Crowdfunding Legislation

If there is one thing that is clear from the Senate Hearings on Crowdfunding, this is still a piece of legislation that is a work in progress.   The Sustainable Economies Law Center has taken a lead role in promoting community based investing and crowdfunding. In July of 2010, Jenny Kassan and interns from SELC drafted […]

Notice: Senate hearings on crowdfunding 10 A.M. ET

I think the Senate hearing attendee list is a interesting preview of how the committee may be biased against this legislation.  In particular Professor Coffee has not been a fan of Crowdfunding, referring to it as “ill considered” and generally dismissive of its value.  In addition to Coffee, other individuals testifying include the President of the North American Securities Administrators Association […]

The case for crowdfunding legislation: lessons from California

One of key questions that remains in the debate over crowdfunding is the extent to which proposed federal legislation should preempt state regulation of these activities. Both the House bill, and to a greater extent, the Senate bill attempt to prevent states for adding additional state regulation that could impede the implementation of a national program. […]

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