MoFo's Guide to Social Media and the Securities Laws summarizes how regulation has evolved in the face of the growing use of social media.
When a technology company board receives an acquisition offer from a Chinese buyer, several regulatory and practical closing issues should be carefully considered. This article sheds light on issues related to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), Taiwan assets, and more.
MoFo partner Tim Harris describes three common intellectual property mistakes that startups make involving securing intellectual property titles, intention agreements, and proper licensing. Watch this video to learn more.
For companies considering converting to a form of benefit corporation, several factors should be carefully considered. This article details the many factors a social enterprise should examine before converting to a Delaware Public Benefit Corporation or California Social Purpose Corporation.
A recent Ninth Circuit case served as a wake-up call to website operators and other online service providers who rely on volunteers to curate content.
Concerns about the FinTech sector in the U.S. have grown in recent months as a result of some high-profile regulatory investigations and signs that the market has started to mature. This article details tips for international fintech companies considering a move to the U.S.
Startups should be mindful of common fundraising mistakes at the seed financing stage. This article provides several examples.
This article weighs the pros and cons of crowdfunding versus venture capital.
How does China view the U.S. as an investment market under the Trump administration? This article explains why investor interest remains high.
This article details the newly enacted Delaware blockchain legislation.
In August 2017, the Monetary Authority of Singapore ("MAS") provided its most direct guidance yet on how it intends to treat "token offerings."
This article discusses the U.S. federal income tax consequences to employees (and other service providers, including directors, consultants and other advisers) who receive compensation in the form of tokens.
A string of Supreme Court of the United States rulings demonstrate a lack of patent protection for biotech inventions, and SCOTUS efforts to explain its long-held exceptions to Section 101 – laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas – have created greater confusion and an increased number of ineligible patents. This article argues that a legislative fix may be the best remedy to the biotech patent issue.
Agtech startups face challenges in initial formation and financing that are unique to their space. This article provides curated tips for agtech companies.
Emerging companies looking to raise capital from outside investors most commonly do so via one of three different structures: preferred stock, convertible debt, or other convertible instruments. Learn the differences of each structure to carefully evaluate which is best for your business.
Hong Kong Partner Thomas Chou shares five costly and avoidable mistakes to avoid when establishing a startup in Hong Kong or China.
In this short video, MoFo partner Tim Harris explains the many ways intellectual property can add value to a startup. Watch this video to learn more.
With the German venture capital market almost doubling in 2017, it is worth looking at what makes Germany an attractive market.
Token offerings, also known as “initial token offerings,” “token launches,” “token sales,” “initial coin offerings,” or “ICOs,” represent a new capital-raising method being explored by many emerging companies; venture, hedge, and private equity funds; large and well-established corporations; and others hoping to raise significant amounts of money quickly and from a broad base of potential participants. This article describes guidance issued by the SEC on this emerging investment tool.