Category Archives: Business Development

  1. Gaining Through Giving

    Like most people, I can’t believe it’s time for another new year to begin, and the guilt-ridden, annual ritual of confronting last year’s resolutions that failed to materialize.  Although a few of my resolutions never came to fruition, I did follow through on one commitment–to engage in more volunteer work assisting communities in need. I’ve…

  2. SEC Publishes Strategic Plan For Fiscal Years 2022-2026

    On November 23, 2022, The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released its Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2022 through 2026, detailing its mission, vision, values, and goals moving forward through the next four years. Three main goals guide the SEC’s plan: (1) protecting the investing public against fraud, manipulation, and misconduct; (2) developing and implementing…

  3. 506(b) versus 506(c)

    506(b) versus 506(c) Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933 requires all issuers to register securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) unless an exemption applies. Almost every instrument utilized to raise capital is captured by this registration requirement. Regulation D serves as an important vehicle for certain companies to raise capital with…

  4. Valuation

    Common models used to value a company, how these apply to startups, stock valuation, stock option valuation, and comparisons with US GAAP accounting valuation. Common Company Valuation Methods Market Capitalization Most people are familiar with terms like “market cap” if they have any interest in publicly traded stocks.  Market capitalization is a method that can…

  5. Types of Equity Discussion

    You developed the next big app. You created the next trendy social media site.  You may have formed an entity and developed a big business plan.  Now how do you get the information and funding needed to grow this potential million-dollar project? This article series will explain, in layman’s terms, some of the things that…

  6. What You Need to Know About Online Contracts

    Here are some of the specific issues faced by SaaS, cloud computing, social networking, and other online service companies. Online E-contracts One of the common questions in dealing with tech companies deals with legal and contractual questions when you don’t have an actual customer sitting in your office that you make a deal and sign…

  7. Capitalization, Cap Table, & Initial Accounting

    This article will serve as an explanation of some of the basics around the formation and structure of a corporation.  I am using examples for a typical corporation, but many of the concepts can apply to LLCs and the issuance of units to represent membership interests instead of stock. I)  Capitalization People need to have…

  8. Introduction To Easements

    An easement is, simply put, a right to enter or otherwise use someone else’s land for a specified purpose.  Stated another way, but with slightly more pretention for effect; an easement is a nonpossessory right to use and/or enter onto the real property of another without possessing it.  As you might imagine, merely labeling something…

  9. Guide to Business Entities

    Businesses can be categorized by law in several manners. And these classifications matter when it comes to determining how a business is recognized, how it’s taxed, and the personal liability, or lack thereof, of the business owners. Knowing how their business is set up and how it is categorized under the law is crucial for…

  10. Travel Ban To Be Lifted Starting November 8, 2021

    The White House recently announced the lifting of the travel ban, which has barred tens of thousands of foreign travelers from entering the U.S.  Instead, the U.S. will require foreign travelers to provide proof of vaccination prior to departure. Our original article on this can be found at: https://www.patellegal.com/biden-administration-to-lift-travel-ban-and-allow-vaccinated-travelers-to-enter-the-u-s/ Further details of the new travel…

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