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We analyzed the terms of 185 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2019 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. We found that valuation results continued to be strong, with the average price increase in Q1 slightly lower than in the...

Commonsense IoT security steps that startups and small business should consider to comply with California’s new law - California recently enacted a new law, Senate Bill 327, that requires companies that make Internet of Things (IoT) devices to...

Charitable remainder trusts (CRTs) have been around for decades, and they continue to be a viable estate planning strategy in the wake of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and other recent tax legislation. This article details how a CRT works and explains...

On 7 June 2019, Regulation (EU) 2019/876 (“CRR II”)[1] was published in the Official Journal of the EU. CRD II amends the Capital Requirements Regulation in a number of respects. For securitisation market participants, a key change is an amendment to...

In a recent 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court held that the U.S. Postal Service and other federal agencies are prohibited from challenging the validity of patents post-issuance under the proceedings created by the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act...

The Situation: After a lukewarm start since their introduction in 2014, class actions in France have gradually seen their field broaden. Still, while the regime of class action is already quite comprehensive in France compared to other EU Member...

On May 22, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed into law H.B. 4243 , known colloquially as the “Panthers Bill,” as the primary buzz surrounding the bill arose from the provisions aimed at assisting the Carolina Panthers football team with...

On June 11, 2019, Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, signed equal pay legislation (the “Act”), which goes into effect on September 1, 2019. Alabama now joins a growing number of states, including California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New...

Congress has activated a new Anti-Kickback law known as Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (commonly referred to as EKRA). The new Anti-Kickback law applies to arrangements involving recovery homes, clinical treatment facilities, and...

Cyber-resilience remains an EU-wide supervisory priority and one also advanced equally by central banks in their financial stability role. In December 2018, we published our analysis on the European Central Bank’s (ECB) new Cyber-Resilience Oversight...

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