Special Topics in Creative Structures: The Common Stock Financing

Venture capital is drying up. So sayeth every oracle of Silicon Valley and the rest of the startup ecosystem. I don’t know that I agree with them (a good question – for another time), but I do know that belt-tightening times like this often lead entrepreneurs to look beyond the preferred equity-style investment structure which…

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Hulk Hogan’s Gawker Lawsuit Reignites Debate over Third Party Litigation Funding

Peter Thiel, founder of Paypal and Palatir recently made headlines after it was revealed that he had bankrolled Terry Bollea aka Hulk Hogan’s $140 million dollar privacy lawsuit against gossip news site, Gawker Media. This practice is known as third-party litigation funding, which means funding by an outside party of all or part of one…

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Crowdfunding: Opportunities and Potential Roadblocks for Startups

By Royse Law Firm, PC In 2012 the President signed the JOBS Act, which introduced the concept of letting the wisdom of the crowd instead of the regulator determine the sale of securities. The crowdfunding movement (as expressed in the JOBS Act) is the result of the perfect storm of technology, legislation and market acceptance…

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SEC Lifts Ban on Advertising for Private Investments

On Wednesday July 10, 2013, the SEC lifted its 80-year ban on advertising by private issuers of securities. The rule was the culmination of a process began by the JOBS Act passed last year. The move is designed to provide startups access to capital in a tight market dominated by institutional investors. Although the rule…

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