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On November 2, 2020, the SEC adopted significant rule amendments to simplify, harmonize and improve the exempt offering framework to facilitate capital formation and investment opportunities in startups and emerging companies. The rule amendments were initially proposed in March 2020, and first conceived in a concept release in June 2019.  The reforms simplify the integration

On October 21, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a final judgment on consent against Kik Interactive Inc. to resolve the Securities and Exchange Commission’s charges that Kik’s unregistered public sale of digital tokens in 2017 violated the federal securities laws.  The final judgment requires Kik to

Finders play a vital role in introducing startups to potential investors.  Yet the general requirement that persons soliciting investors must register with the Securities and Exchange Commission as broker-dealers and be subject to the SEC’s broker-dealer regulatory regime has been a source of much uncertainty for finders and companies alike and has posed a serious

The Securities and Exchange Commission expanded the definition of “accredited investor” by adding new categories of investors that have sufficient investment knowledge and expertise to participate in private investment opportunities.  The amendments mark a shift away from wealth as the sole focus of eligibility.  The new rule is effective 60 days after publication in the

This past June, autonomous vehicle technology startup Zoox agreed to be acquired by Amazon for a whopping $1.3 billion.  Time for the common stockholders to pop the champagne, right?  Not exactly, according to a complaint filed in the Delaware Court of Chancery by two common stockholders.  Although many details have been redacted from the public

It’s no shocker that the Coronavirus pandemic has slowed down venture capital investment dramatically, with 2020 now on pace to be well below the high levels of the past couple of years.  According to Pitchbook, VC deal flow through June 28 fell to just 4,675 funding rounds as compared with 6,357 in the first

The impact of the Coronavirus and COVID-19 on venture capital investment will likely be similar to what we saw in the aftermath of the 2008 recession and the 2001 dot-com meltdown. VC investors will redirect their attention away from sourcing new deals and toward managing their existing portfolios, trying to determine which should survive and

Title III crowdfunding may be an attractive capital raising alternative during the current Coronavirus pandemic because it allows companies to use the internet to solicit potential investors and not be restricted to accredited investors. But some of the requirements under Regulation Crowdfunding may diminish its utility for issuers with urgent capital needs as a result

COVID-19 induced declines in private and public company valuations have left many employee stock options “underwater” or “out-of-the-money”, i.e., exercise prices exceeding fair market value. This is a problem for employees and companies alike. Underwater options no longer serve their retention and incentivization objective, but nevertheless use up finite authorized shares and count against authorized

Among the many challenges companies are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic is how to conduct their shareholder meetings. Current social distancing requirements are effectively forcing companies to choose between postponing meetings and conducting them virtually. This requires careful attention to state executive orders, the relevant corporate statute, the company’s certificate of incorporation and by-laws, as