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Jon Gworek Leads Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee at ABA Business Law Spring Meeting 05/30/2014

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Corporate Attorney Jonathan GworekLast month the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association met at the recent Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. As chair of the PEVC committee, MBBP Partner Jon Gworek was involved in the planning of several committee meetings and CLE’s. The PEVC committee’s main CLE event was called “Exiting the Venture Backed Company: Jurisprudence and Practice”, in which the panelists took an in-depth look at the Trados case. Panelists included James Honaker of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, Daphne Chang of Google Ventures and Rachel Proffitt of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati with moderator Eric Klinger-Wilensky of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell.

To learn more on the topic, please contact Jon Gworek.

Is Boston the new Cambridge for Tech Companies? 04/07/2014

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Corporate Attorney Scott BleierBy: Scott Bleier

Blessed with two world-class research universities in Harvard and MIT and the annual parade of newly minted PhD’s and MBAs walking through their doors with dreams of entrepreneurship, Cambridge has long been the epicenter of the technology company/start-up community in the Greater Boston metropolitan area. However, according to recent statistics, the local tech landscape may be changing. CB Insights, a data services firm, recently published a report showing 2013 marked the first time that venture capitalists invested in more companies located in Boston than Cambridge. What does this mean for the local tech community? Read the full article to on our new VCs and Startups blog to find out.

MBBP Launches M&A and VC Blogs 04/01/2014

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MBBP recently launched two new blogs:

M&A Today

This blog is a service of MBBPs Mergers and Acquisitions practice and focuses on current issues and events that are of interest to business founders and investors looking to acquire or exit a business. Our attorneys have extensive experience in complex M&A transactions, including private equity deals, representing both publicly traded and privately held buyers and sellers. Click here to follow our blog.

VCs and Startups

The start-up ecosystem can be complicated and difficult to navigate. Through this blog, we aspire to educate entrepreneurs, start-up companies and investors about a wide spectrum of issues related to a company’s lifecycle, including incorporation, seed financings, venture capital and liquidity transactions. We also hope to keep our readers up to date with changes in the law and make them aware of best practices for managing issues that start-ups face on a daily basis. Click here to follow our blog.

Jonathan Gworek Panels ABA Event on Great Hill Equity Partners Case 03/03/2014

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Corporate Attorney Jonathan GworekOn January 27th, MBBP Corporate Partner and Chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee of the American Bar Association, Jonathan Gworek, moderated a webinar on the implications of the recent Great Hill Equity Partners case. In this case the Delaware Court of Chancery held that under Section 259 of the DGCL, all privileges—including the attorney-client privilege—pass from the acquired corporation to the surviving corporation in a merger.

In October, Jon moderated a similar webinar on the recent In re Trados Inc. Shareholder Litigation opinion, in which the Delaware Court of Chancery found that a sale of the venture backed company was entirely fair notwithstanding the fact that the common stockholders received none of the merger consideration.

Materials from both panel discussions can be found here.

Please feel free to contact Jonathan Gworek with any questions on these topics.

Jonathan Gworek Published in Business Law Today 02/13/2014

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Corporate Attorney Jonathan GworekMBBP Corporate Attorney and Chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee of the American Bar AssociationJonathan Gworek, was recently published in the January edition of Business Law Today, a publication by the American Bar Association. Jonathan’s article, “The Threat of Social Media Diligence on the Confidentiality of the M&A Process“, covers the very practical impact of the Internet and “social media diligence” on the confidentiality in M&A transactions and suggests certain practices that the parties might adopt to both mitigate and more fairly allocate this risk.

Visit Business Law Today to read the full article.

For more information on the M&A process, please feel free to contact Jon.

Joseph Marrow to Speak At Boston College 02/11/2014

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Corporate Attorney Joseph MarrowOn Tuesday, February 18th MBBP Corporate Attorney Joseph Marrow will be a guest lecturer for the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College. Joe will be discussing venture capital term sheets for an Entrepreneurial Finance class.

Please feel free to contact Joe with any questions on VC term sheets.

For more information on term sheets visit our resources page.

Carl Barnes Guest Lectures at Bentley University 10/11/2013

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Corporate Attorney Carl BarnesOn October 7, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton partner Carl Barnes was a guest lecturer in Professor Alain Hanover’s senior-level Venture Capital Finance class at Bentley University. Focusing on the model Series A Preferred Stock term sheet published by the National Venture Capital Association, Carl spoke on the key economic and control terms founders of technology companies need to understand when negotiating angel and institutional venture capital investments.

For a copy of the PowerPoint presentation used in the class, please feel free to contact Carl.

Radio Entrepreneurs Interviews Shannon Zollo 04/01/2013

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Corporate Attorney Shannon ZolloOn Tuesday, March 5th MBBP Corporate Attorney Shannon Zollo was a guest of the “Radio Entrepreneurs” Show which provides advice, information and connections for entrepreneurs, service providers and established companies. Shannon provided listeners with information on emerging trends in private equity and venture capital transactions. For the full discussion, please click the link below:

Shannon Zollo Radio Entrepreneurs Interview

Feel free to contact Shannon with any questions on private equity or VC transactions.

Angel Investors Share Their Wealth… of Information 09/12/2012

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On Thursday, September 27th, MBBP is hosting a VC event at the Cambridge Innovation Center which will include a lively panel discussion of angel investors as well as a presentation of Q2 2012 Series “A” venture capital deals.

The angel panel will answer/discuss:

  • What criteria do angels use to review deals?
  • What is the due diligence process for angel groups?
  • What do angels add to their portfolio companies?
  • Term sheets – What are the critical elements in an angel deal?
  • Exit strategies – When do angels typically exit a deal?

Moderator:
Kyle Alspach, Startups and VC Editor, Boston Business Journal

Panelists:
Joe Caruso, The Bantam Group
Jean Hammond, Golden Seeds, Launchpad, HubAngels
Chris Sheehan, CommonAngels

For more information, directions, or to register, please visit the event page: Angel Investors Share Their Wealth… of Information.

MBBP Ranks 10th and 9th in 2012 VC Report for Eastern US 08/30/2012

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In WilmerHale’s 2012 Venture Capital Report, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, P.C. ranked 10th on the list of Top Counsel to Companies Receiving VC Financing from 2007 through 2011 and 9th on the list of Top Counsel to VC-Backed Companies at Year-End 2011. The findings are based on companies located east of the Mississippi River that completed a round of venture capital financing. This marks the 9th consecutive year in which MBBP has been recognized as a leader in the WilmerHale VC Report.

To learn more, please visit out VC practice area page or view some of our pertinent articles and newsletters.

Jon Gworek Leads Discussion At ABA Business Law Spring Meeting 04/30/2012

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Corporate Attorney Jonathan GworekOn the weekend of March 22nd, the Venture Capital Transactional Issues and Documentation subcommittee of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association met at the recent Business Law Section Spring Meeting in Las Vegas. MBBP Attorney and subcommittee chair, Jon Gworek, led a discussion featuring Sarah Reed, founder of the National Venture Capital Association‘s forms project, who shared her perspective on the NVCA forms project inception, early history and evolution, current makeup and internal processes.

To learn more on the topic, please contact Jon Gworek.

Valeritas Financing Round Tops VC Deals for Second Half of 2011 04/02/2012

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In September 2011, MBBP client Valeritas, Inc., a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative drug delivery solutions, announced it had completed a significant Series C round of financing of $150 million. According to a recent listing by Fierce Medical Devices this Series C Financing was the top venture capital deal in the medical devices space in the second half of 2011. Other companies to make this list include Intuity Medical ($76M), HeartFlow ($65M) , and AcuFocus ($65M), all three based in California.

Valeritas has planned to use the funding to support the commercialization of its V-Go disposable insulin delivery device, an alternative to multiple daily insulin injections.

Congratulations Valeritas!

Series “A” Venture Investing in 2012: Will We Turn the Corner? 02/08/2012

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On February 2nd, MBBP hosted a VC event at the Cambridge Innovation Center which involved a review of 2011 Series “A” deals as well as a look into 2012 with an impressive panel of leading venture capital partners who discussed:

  • Where are pre-money valuations headed?
  • Will there be an increase in the competition for deals?
  • How will the interaction between angels and venture funds change in 2012?
  • What sectors will be hot in 2012 and which will not?
  • Investment into New York’s Internet and digital media companies overshadowed Boston’s startups in 2011. Are we seeing a temporary aberration?
  • Exit strategies — Will M&A and IPO activity increase in 2012?

If you were not able to make it to the event, feel free to see the BBJ article “To seed or not to seed? 4 VCs share their strategies” to read what these panelists had to say.

MBBP Ranked 12th and 9th in 2011 VC Report for Eastern US 12/22/2011

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In Wilmer Hale’s 2011 Venture Capital Report, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, P.C.  ranked 12th on the list of Top Counsel to Companies Receiving VC Financing in 2010 and 9th on the list of Top Counsel to VC-Backed Companies at Year-End 2010 beating out firms such as Foley Hoag LLP and Bingham McCutchen LLP.  Not only does MBBP ‘do more with less’ – having the fewest attorneys of any firm on the list – they are one of only four ranked firms with less than 100 attorneys in Eastern US offices.

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Please visit MBBP to learn more about our Venture Capital practice.

Legal Basics for Game Companies 04/26/2011

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On May 5, 2011, MBBP is hosting Legal Basics for Game Companies, a half-day seminar focused on angel and venture capital financing, intellectual property protection and licensing, and other legal matters of interest to Boston-area game companies. The event is being held at the Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02142. Registration and networking takes place on the 5th floor in the Havana Room starting at 12:30 pm, and information sessions run from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. A game-themed Venture Cafe Session will follow on the 4th Floor with Mexican-inspired treats in celebration of Cinco de Mayo!

For more information and to register, please contact Jaclyn Jefgood or call 781-622-5930.

MBBP Ranked 9th in Counsel to Companies Receiving VC Financing in 2009 01/11/2011

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In Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP’s 2010 Venture Capital Report, MBBP ranked 9th on the list of Top Counsel to Companies Receiving VC Financing in 2009 beating out firms such as Foley Hoag LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP. The information is based on companies located east of the Mississippi River that completed a seed, first, second, later-stage or restart round of venture capital financing in 2009.

For more information on our Venture Capital expertise, please visit our industries or practices page.

Lea Pendleton Featured on Video Seminar for First-year CEOs of VC-funded Companies 08/03/2009

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Corporate Attorney Lea PendletonVenture capital lawyer Lea Pendleton is a keynote speaker on the 180-minute video seminar, Positioning Your Company After Receiving Round A/B Venture Capital Funding from Research and Markets. The video seminar is designed for CEOs of VC-funded companies on the roles and goals for the CEO and management team for the first year after receiving series A/B venture capital funding, and focuses on achieving key product/service goals, meeting financial projections, overcoming common challenges, and case studies of what worked/didn’t work for other companies in their first year. For more information, or to order, go to: Research and Marketing‘s web site.

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