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MBBP’s 2016 M&A Year in Review 02/14/2017

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The MBBP M&A team has extensive experience guiding clients through the complexities of M&A transactions in diverse markets. Over the last decade, we have represented hundreds of publicly-traded and privately-held companies in transactions, both buyers and sellers, valued from several million dollars up to hundreds of millions of dollars. For a sampling of our 2016 transactions, visit our M&A blog.

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MBBP’s Shannon Zollo and Josh French Discuss Quickly Enacting Trump Administration Policies in BBJ Article 02/10/2017

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In an article in the Boston Business Journal, Corporate partner Shannon Zollo and corporate senior attorney Josh French discuss the importance for the Trump administration to act quickly in enacting new policies that were promised during Trump’s campaign. The potential legislation, including protectionist trade policies, corporate tax reform, increased infrastructure spending, and immigration reform, has left businesses feeling uncertain about how to move forward with their business strategies. Zollo and French argue that the Trump administration must act quickly to enact legislation in order to foster a more certain business environment.

For further detail, read the full article.

Mary Beth Kerrigan Was Encore Panelist at CLE Webinar on Venture Backed M&A 02/10/2017

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M0846587Back by popular demand, corporate partner Mary Beth Kerrigan spoke on an encore panel of this year’s ABA Business Law Annual Meeting, titled “Venture Backed M&A: Special Considerations”.  Mary Beth and her fellow panelists discussed complex issues that commonly arise in acquisitions of venture-backed companies, including complicated waterfalls, the blurring of management incentives with purchase price, and much more.

Congratulations to Mary Beth on another job well done!

To learn more about the conference, visit the ABA’s event page.

MBBP Held Series A Venture Capital Financing Event at Cambridge Innovation Center on 2/2/2017 02/06/2017

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MBBP’s corporate partner Scott Bleier moderated our VC group’s event, “Series A Venture Capital Financing: A Review of 2016 and a Look Forward to M08465002017″ at the Cambridge Innovation Center on Thursday, February 2nd. Scott led our panel of VC and angel investors through a series of critical questions regarding raising capital. Additionally, the presentation included a review of 2016 Series A financing activity and preferred stock terms, and a forecast of financing activity for 2017.

Make sure you’re on the invite for the next Venture Capital event! Read more on our VCs and Startups blog or sign up for VC Alerts.

 

MBBP’s Joshua Watson quoted in Bloomberg article discussing private equity tax and financial reform in the Trump era 01/30/2017

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Corporate partner Joshua H. Watson was quoted in a Bloomberg article discussing possible changes to the private equity industry during Donald Trump’s presidency. The article details the top three priorities for the private equity industry as Trump takes office: carried interest, interest deductibility, and changing Dodd-Frank registration requirements. jhw-headshot-photo-2016-m0966396xb1386

Regarding Dodd-Frank requirements, Josh notes that if the reform act passed by Obama’s administration is rolled-back, particularly in regards to registration requirements for private equity firms, there could be bipartisan political support for exempting more small firms from registering. Specifically, Josh states that “if small to mid-sized managers are able to spend less of their resources on compliance, they will have more resources available for making and managing investments.”

For further detail, read the full article or contact Josh directly.

Revised HSR Thresholds 2017 01/27/2017

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On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its annual press release announcing revised jurisdictional thresholds for 2017 in connection with reportable jmc-headshot-photo-2015-m0846508xb1386transactions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (HSR Act). These new HSR thresholds will go into effect 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register, which is expected to happen in late February.

For more information about the revised thresholds, read the full post written by corporate attorney Jonathan M. Calla on our M&A Today blog.

Czarnecki and Chalvire Elevated Within the Firm 01/18/2017

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We are pleased to announce that Dave Czarnecki and Stan Chalvire have been elevated to Member.

Dave joined the Firm in 2006 and was promoted to Senior Attorney in 2011. Dave is exceptionally proficient in guiding both buyers and sellers through a wide range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, venture capital financings, and joint ventures. Primarily a member of the firm’s corporate group, Dave also has a background in taxation and finance, and consequently brings an uncommon perspective to transactional matters.

Stan joined the Firm in 2009 as an Associate and was promoted to Senior Attorney in 2013. Stan is a Registered Patent Attorney, specializing in the licensing of intellectual property and related counseling.  Stan advises clients in developing and implementing strategies to protect their intellectual property and advises clients with respect to a variety of related strategic collaborations, with a particular focus on clients in the life sciences industry. Prior to beginning his legal career Stan practiced as a Registered Pharmacist in both clinical and retail settings.

Congratulations to both!

Please feel free to contact Dave or Stan directly.

MBBP’s Tim Manning Published in Article Discussing the Perspective of Unsecured Creditors of a Borrower 01/17/2017

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Tim Manning of our Corporate Practice group recently published an article in TSL (The Secured Lender) Express, which is published by the Commercial Finance Association.tpm-headshot-photo-2016-m0944287xb1386 The article examines the risks to a senior secured lender that fails to take into account how its actions towards a distressed borrower are viewed by the unsecured creditors of such borrower.

For more information, read the full article or contact Tim.

MBBP’s Client Abpro Collaborating with MedImmune on Medical Advancement 12/01/2016

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MBBP’s client Abpro, a pioneer in the field of industrial biochemistry, has recently entered into a Collaboration Agreement with MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. The collaboration will advance the development of a preclinical, novel bispecific antibody targeting angiopoietin-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor (Ang2-VEGF). Abpro will contribute its strong scientific, technical and clinical expertise to this partnership, along with its core technology platform, DiversImmuneTM, which will be utilized to further develop the bispecific antibody. Ian Chan, CEO and co-founder of Abpro, has expressed the Company’s enthusiasm towards collaborating with MedImmune, as the two businesses work together to advance these innovative therapeutics into the clinic.

For more information, read the full article.

MBBP and Attorneys Earn “Best Law Firms” and “Best Lawyers” Rankings 11/30/2016

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Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton PC is pleased to announce it
has JMH Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846571xB1386)received national and regional rankings in the U.S. News & World Report / Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” listing for 2017. To be eligible, firms must have attorneys who are listed in the current edition of the Best Lawyers in America.

MBBP has received national rankings in three practice areas — Tax Law (Tier 2), Tax Litigation (Tier 2), and Venture Capital Law (Tier 3) — and Boston metropolitan rankings in three areas — Tax Law (Tier 1), Tax Litigation (Tier 1) and Venture Capital Law (Tier 3).

Additionally, venture capital attorney John Hession was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® in Venture Capital Law, for its 2017 edition.

MBBP is proud of our impressive Tax and Corporate departments and of the Firm’s recognition.

NYSE’s Corporate Board Member Online Magazine Brings in MBBP’s Carl Barnes for Insights on D&O Liability 11/17/2016

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CFB Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846497xB1386)NYSE‘s publication, Corporate Board Member, has recently published an article, “Sidestepping D&O Liability”. This piece brings to light the year 2015 as a record-breaking one for securities litigation against directors and officers, and how this trend is continuing into 2016. The level of whistleblower activity has significantly increased, as exemplified by the astonishing 119 filings of new federal class-action securities cases, and complementing this increase is the substantial decrease in the settlement sizes of these suits.

MBBP’s Carl Barnes, who specializes in director and officer liability, was asked to discuss precautions and to offer his counsel on this subject. Throughout the article, Carl is often cited offering advice on the various types of director liability and the methods in which to avoid litigation. Carl explains that directors are under fierce scrutiny in order to ascertain whether or not they have satisfied their duty of care, as this is the item that drives litigation. In order to minimize, or even avoid, liability altogether, Carl advises that directors be “actively involved, ask questions, and demand answers.” In a post-Enron world, directors need to be vigilant in order to avoid being liable, and the counsel that Carl offers may help directors and officers dismiss litigation quickly and perhaps even avoid it entirely. For more information, check out the full article.

MBBP’s Client Continuum Adding Innovative Solutions To Policy Matters To Its Company Profile 11/16/2016

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Continuum, a client of MBBP, has primarily focused on the design of innovative products since the company’s founding in 1983. However, the organization is now delving into policy matters within the public sector, including public school education and public service employment. Continuum has come forth with a “radical new vision” for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the municipal planning and development agency for Boston public services. The company is offering fresh ideas in order to develop solutions to long-standing problems such as those within the Boston Public School districts, where the firm is working to “rethink the educational experience” in a project called High School Redesign.continuum-logo-m0371417xb1386

In addition to this educational reformation, Continuum has been shadowing public service workers and commuters, and asking a plethora of questions in order to improve public transportation. The firm has begun building and testing prototypes of devices that will prove integral in Continuum’s goal of improving the lives of the people of Boston.

Continuum is a global innovation design company whose purpose centers around people, as it strives to improve lives through its innovations and to focus on its clients’ bottom-lines. Read the full article for more information.

 

MBBP’s Shannon Zollo Quoted in Reuters Article Regarding Loan Volume Boost and Election Outcome 11/10/2016

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Reuters quoted MBBP’s Shannon Zollo in an article regarding the financial industM0846567ry’s propensity for a Hillary Clinton presidency. Zollo expressed that the “devil you know” is the more predictable, and therefore safer, outcome because in an election as turbulent and polarizing as this one, the impact could eventually destabilize potential future deals. Before the election, various companies were receiving acquisition loans as they were expecting the market to be stable with a Clinton victory.

Shannon is a corporate partner whose practice specializes in private equity, venture capital, M&A transactions, and corporate governance. For more information, please contact Shannon Zollo.

MBBP Clients Red Crow and MiRTLE Medical Featured in Forbes Article Regarding New Equity Crowdfunding Platform 10/31/2016

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MBBP clients Red Crow and MiRTLE Medical are featured in a Forbes article regarding Red Crow’s new equity crowdfunding portal that will be launching in November.  The crowdfunding platform will feature “exclusive and professionally-vetted investment opportunities” for accredited and non-accredited investors.

MiRTLE Medical will have one of the first featured investment opportunities. MiRTLE’s product is a custom designed diagnostic-grade 12-lead electrocardiogram for use during MRI.  MBBP is assisting MiRTLE Medical with its involvement in the crowdfunding platform.

To learn more, read the full Forbes article.

Firm Client MassDiGI Receives Federal Grant From U.S. Department of Commerce’s EDA 09/30/2016

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MBBP client the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (“MassDiGI”) at Becker College received a five-year grant in the amount of $583,000 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  massdigi-logo-massdigixb1386The grant will support MassDiGI’s promotion of entrepreneurship, economic development, and academic cooperation across the state’s video and digital games ecosystem.

MassDiGI was established in 2011 and is based at Becker College.  Congratulations to our client on this impressive contribution.

MBBP Client HappyGiant Receives High Praise for New Video Game, Including from Rolling Stone 09/29/2016

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Firm client HappyGiant, LLC is garnering a lot of attention for its new augmented reality and virtual reality game, HoloGrid: Monster Battles, including in an article in Rolling Stone.  For the new game, Michael Levine, president of HappyGiant, teamed up with Phil Tippett, who has designed countless movie monsters, including the ones featured in the famous 3-D chess scenes featured in the Star Wars franchise.

The virtual reality and augmented reality features of HoloGrid: Monster Battles create the effect of real life monster game pieces.  Levine and Tippett leveraged a successful Kickstarter campaign this year in order to create the game, described by VentureBeat as a “tactical-battle collectible card game”.  Tippett created the monster characters while HappyGiant focused on the creation of the Tactical Battle CCG augmented reality game.  The combination of the two designs resulted in a hybrid board/digital gaming experience.

MBBP is thrilled to have HappyGiant as a client and is excited to continue to work with them on their future endeavors.

You can find out more about HoloGrid: Monster Battles and HappyGiant in the following articles:

Rolling Stone
VentureBeat
Shacknews
UploadVR, Inc.

MBBP Client Koya Leadership Partners’ Founder & CEO Awarded 2016 Boston Brava Award 09/29/2016

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Firm client Katie Bouton of Koya Leadership Partners received the 2016 Boston Brava Award from SmartCEO.  The Boston Brava Award recognizes high-impact female business leaders who are CEOs, Executive Directors of Nonprofits, or C-suite executives.  An independent committee of local business leaders chooses the winner of the Brava Award.  Winners are chosen for their commitment to giving back to their communities, and for their company’s growth, mentoring, and community impact.

Koya Leadership Partners was founded on the belief that “the right person in the right place can change the world”.  The company conducts executive searches and provides human capital consulting and career coaching services.

Congratulations to Katie and Koya Leadership Partners!

MBBP Partner Scott Bleier Featured in “Legal Outlook Q&A” Interview with LinkSquares 09/28/2016

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Firm corporate partner Scott Bleier was recently interviewed by LinkSquares, Inc., regarding his vast knowledge and experience as a “veteran startup lawyer”. M0846500 Scott discussed various topics relating to startups, including the largest legal issues for early stage companies, the role of outside counsel for tech companies, and the biggest challenges surrounding customer agreements and contracts.

Read the full interview for more information.

Jonathan Gworek Concludes Tenure as Chair of Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee at ABA Business Law Annual Meeting 09/06/2016

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This year’s ABA Business Law Section Meeting will mark the end of Corporate Partner Jon Gworek’s position as Chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee.  Jon was appointed as chair of the committee in 2013 during the annual meeting, and in the role has been integral in planning the committees activities and meetings.  M0846570

During this year’s meeting in Boston, Jon will act as moderator for various meetings, while the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee will present two panels: “Valid Corporate Action: Avoiding Failures in Authorization and Ratifying Defective Corporate Acts” and “Venture Backed M&A: Special Considerations”.

The Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee will feature a number of distinguished speakers, including Vice Chancellor Glasscock of the Delaware Court of Chancery, Bruce Patton of Vantage Partners, co-author of Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In and Distinguished Fellow and co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project, and prominent corporate venture capitalists, Carl Stjernfeldt from Shell Technology Ventures, and Frank Andrasco from Siemens Venture Capital.

Jon has thoroughly enjoyed leading the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee over the past three years, and is looking forward to remaining actively involved in the Business Law Section of the ABA.

To read more about MBBP’s involvement with the Annual Meeting, read the latest posts on our M&A Today blog.

Scott Bleier Participating In This Year’s ABA Business Law Annual Meeting 09/01/2016

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M0846500MBBP Corporate Partner Scott Bleier will participate in two separate sessions during this year’s ABA Business Law Annual Meeting in Boston.  Scott will be discussing the recent Sun Capital Partners III v. New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund (D. Mass. March 28, 2016) court case at the Private Equity and Venture Capital Jurisprudence meeting on Friday, September 9th.  Additionally, later that day he will be leading a presentation of the Venture Capital Transactional Documents and Issues Subcommittee regarding various alternative approaches to financing start-up companies, including SAFEs and KISSs.

The annual meeting will include dozens of panels with varying topics and networking opportunities. Read all about the conference and MBBP’s involvement on our M&A Today blog.

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