“Say on Pay” and Other Issues for the Upcoming Proxy Season

Each proxy season seems to be getting more and more complicated in terms of the new requirements as to what both the SEC and shareholders expect and this year will be no exception. According to David Lynn, Co-chair of Morrison & Foersters‘ Public Companies and Securities Practice and former Chief Counsel of the Securities and [...]

Protecting Brands from Trademark Infringement

Counterfeit consumer products were once limited mostly to luxury fashion and jewelry brands, but now companies are finding the threat reaching broadly across all product categories and levels of commerce — from upscale merchants to the local 99¢ store, and even the pharmacy shelves. Current estimates are that 7-10% of global trade is derived from [...]

Advising Entrepreneurs on Business Formation, Funding and Growth

The challenges of forming and growing an entrepreneurial venture are formidable – particularly in such a challenging financial market where funding is tight and exits are few and far between. However, according to Peter Rothberg, a partner at Duane Morris LLP, there are many things an entrepreneur can do to build a foundation for growth [...]

New Developments and Legal Issues in Outsourcing

Increased pressure to reduce costs and improve profitability and operating efficiencies have led outsourcing to become a $50 billion industry.  While growing at an annual rate of 29% until the the recent credit crisis, the industry has increasingly been under legal, economic, regulatory and policy scrutiny. According to Richard Raysman, a Partner at Holland & [...]

Music and Film Licensing in the Current Digital Environment

The growth of technology has had a significant impact on most every facet of the entertainment industry. According to Marc Jacobson, who concentrates his practice in media and entertainment, this is most evident in the music business, where unit sales, revenues and jobs have been reduced by an astonishing 50% since 2001. But Jacobson is [...]

Challenges & Opportunities Accessing Capital Markets

Changes in the regulatory landscape are having a profound impact on companies seeking to access the capital markets.  In this exclusive LegalMindsTV interview, Steven Khadavi, Co-Chair of the Capital Markets practice Group at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, discusses some of the challenges these companies face. According to Khadavi, “companies considering accessing the capital markets need [...]

Venture Investments in the Cleantech Sector

Investments in cleantech have helped lead a strong turnaround in the venture capital market after the first quarter of 2009 – pulling ahead of biotech and software as the largest area of investment and closing out the year with more than 75 deals in the month December and the announcement of Hudson Clean Energy Partners’ [...]

Trends in Energy Company Finance, Post-Financial Crisis

The volatility in the financial markets has been a wake up call for the energy sector. According to Jeffrey Delaney , Partner and coleader of the Energy Industry team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP , “treasury and finance folks need to take a critical look at their liquidity strategy, their capital structure and financing [...]

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