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M&A Considerations for Venture-Backed Companies – Register now! 04/27/2016

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MBBP to host a panel of experienced deal makers who will provide an insider’s perspective on what it takes to successfully position a venture backed company for sale and get a deal done. These panelists include Brady BohrmannTed Gillick, and Douglas Melsheimer. They all represent unique perspectives of a buyer, seller, and banker and each bring years of experience in venture-backed M&A.

Topics that will be addressed include positioning your company for a successful exit, various stakeholders in an M&A transaction, buyers assessing strategic fit, and best practices to ensure a smooth transaction and done deal.

The event will take place on Thursday, May 19th at 4:00pm at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Seating is limited – Register here.

 

 

5/4/16 – Life Sciences Series Panel 1: Business and IP Strategy 04/21/2016

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reg now buttonJoin us at MBBP‘s Waltham office on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00am for a look at Building Your Product & Patent Strategy from the Ground Floor. This is the first of four events in the 2016 Life Science Panel Series.

This lively panel of experts will discuss how to structure a well-crafted intellectual property portfolio. They have all built and analyzed multiple portfolios and will share their experiences on the do’s and don’ts in both organically growing an IP portfolio and in-licensing key properties.

Panelists include:

  • William Edelman Social Entrepreneur and C-Level Executive, Paragonix Technologies, NewVert, VitaThreads, Flexicath, First Light Biosciences
  • Molly Hoult Vice President, Fletcher Spaght Ventures
  • Michael McDonald, Ph.D. Director of Intellectual Property, bluebird bio

Seating is limited. Register today!

Attorney Carl Barnes Panelist on Fairness Opinions 04/14/2016

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Carl Barnes (CFB)MBBP Attorney Carl Barnes will be a panelist in a webinar presented as part of the BDO KNOWLEDGE Webinar Series program, “When and Why Should a Board Require an Independent Fairness Opinion.” This moderated panel discussion, to be held from noon to 1:00pm, Boston time, on May 5, will focus on what fairness opinions are, what they are not, valuation techniques, and the role fairness opinions play in helping directors to fulfill their fiduciary duties in M&A and other transactions.

To register for the webinar, please visit BDO’s event registration page.

Attorney Shannon Zollo Panelist at AMAA New England Meeting 04/13/2016

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MBBP Attorney Shannon Zollo will be a panelist at the SSZ Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846567xB1386)upcoming Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors New England Chapter meeting on Monday, May 9th. The topic of this meeting is, “Bridging the Valuation Gap – Earn Outs”. Specifically, the panelists will discuss the use of earn outs in M&A, structural considerations, measurement methods, legal issues, tax implications, valuation and financial reporting, and potential pitfalls.

To learn more and to register, check out the AMAA New England Chapter Event page.

MBBP Looking Forward to TiE StartupCon 2016 04/12/2016

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We are very excited for the TiE StartupCon which will be held this Friday, April 14th at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. For 16 years, this event has been the largest startup conference in New England and with over a thousand registered, this year’s conference will be no different. 

Attendees will gain insight from innovative entrepreneurs, learn best practices, and leave the conference feeling inspired, invigorated, and empowered.  MBBP attorneys in attendance will include Scott Bleier, John Hession, Peter Barnes-Brown, Mary Beth Kerrigan, Sean Detweiler, and Matt Loeker.  MBBP will also have an exhibit table at the conference so be sure to stop by and learn more about us. 

For more information, check out the TiE StartupCon event website.

PEVC Committee Chair to attend ABA Business Law Section Conference 04/07/2016

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M0846570This week Attorney Jon Gworek, chair of the ABA Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee, is off to Montreal for the 2016 Business Law Section Spring Meeting. The Business Law Section of the American Bar Association includes over fifty committees with the PEVC being the fifth largest. Throughout this conference, the PEVC Committee has a full and exciting agenda.

To learn more visit our VC blog.

Just Posted – MBBP’s 2015 M&A Year in Review! 03/31/2016

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M&A TodayCheck out MBBP’s M&A Today blog for a sampling of our successful M&A transactions from 2015.

We take pride in guiding clients through the complexities of M&A transactions in markets as diverse as analytical instruments, software, SAAS, industrial controls, pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical devices, transportation, professional services, and oil & gas.

Cheers to great clients!

 

 

Mark Tarallo Teaching at IP & Entrepreneurship Clinic 03/30/2016

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Attorney Mark Tarallo will teach at the Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship Clinic of Suffolk Law School tomorrow on the subject of Choice of Entity.

Key topics that will be discussed:

  • Choice of Entity in Formations
  • Issues to Consider When Choosing an Entity
  • Equity Compensation Plans for Different Entities

MBBP Marketing Team Brings Home Another LMA Your Honor Award 03/24/2016

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lma yha logoOn March 23, 2016 at the LMA (Legal Marketing Association) New England Your Honor Awards MBBP Marketing Manager, Jaclyn Braga, and her team were winners of the second place trophy in the website category. The LMA Your Honor Awards program recognizes excellence in legal marketing by honoring projects and programs that demonstrate innovation, creativity, cost-consciousness and return on marketing dollars investment. The event was held at WilmerHale at 60 State Street in Boston.

This is the fifth time in six years that Jaclyn and her team have been so honored, receiving the first award in 2009 in the advertisement category, and scoring a National LMA First Place trophy in 2013 for their entry “A Prescription for Swag” in the “Identity-Projects Totaling Up to $20,000” category.

The judging panel was comprised of four notable marketing specialists, several of whom practice outside the legal marketing field; they deliberated for many hours before selecting the finalists.

“It’s particularly meaningful to be honored by one’s peers,” Braga said, “and we’re both pleased and humbled by this award.”

It’s worth noting that the website project was executed over the course of 18 months, and required Braga and the team to employ their full range of skills, from the creative to the technical, in collaboration with Greenfield Belser. It’s also worth remembering that the MBBP team, still so small in number, competes for these awards against firms from all over New England, many of which employ significantly larger marketing teams with significantly larger budgets.  Talent will out!

Check out the award-winning website here!

Q3 Venture Capital Data Published – Get it here! 12/31/2015

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MBBP’s Q4 VC Spotlight Newsletter is fresh off the press. This quarter we provide an analysis of data for 23 companies that closed their first institutional round of financing in the third quarter of 2015.

Here’s one of several charts available in our publication. Visit our VCs and Startups blog to learn more.

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Further data analysis, as well as featured articles, can be found in this quarter’s VC Spotlight Newsletter.

M&A Video Clip – Non-Competes & Non-Solicits: Common Issues in M&A Transactions 12/02/2015

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In the tenth video of MBBP’s M&A Clip Series, M&A attorney Shannon Zollo explains the importance of non-competition and non-solicitation covenants when buying a business.

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MBBP’s Life Sciences Vector, Fall 2015 11/30/2015

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extU.S. INTRODUCTION TO THE HAGUE SYSTEM

For many years, non-U.S. parties have taken advantage of the Hague System to register their design patents, an important part of strengthening and differentiating your product and brand. On May 13, 2015, the Hague Agreement Implementation of the Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 (PLT) went into effect in the U.S. As a result, the U.S. became a member of the Hague System, an international system of registration for design patents (also referred to as “industrial designs” internationally). Now, U.S. applicants wishing to register a design patent in the U.S. and abroad may submit a single application and pay a single fee to register such design patent in all or some of the 63 other Contracting Parties that participate in the Hague Agreement.

Click here to learn more.

4,500 COMPANIES REELING AS EU’S HIGHEST COURT INVALIDATES SAFE HARBOR

On October 6, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a binding judgment invalidating the European Commission Decision (Commission Decision 2000/520, the “Safe Harbor Decision”) that authorized the EU-U.S. Safe Harbor arrangement. For the past fifteen years, this arrangement has been relied upon by many businesses to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States in compliance with the EU Data Protection Directive (Commission Decision 95/46, the “Directive”). As a result of the CJEU’s judgment, self-certification under the Safe Harbor framework is no longer sufficient to comply with the Directive.

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CONTROLLING THE DEBATE: ANTICIPATORY SELF-DILIGENCE IN BIOTECH BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

By: Jonathan P. Gertler, Back Bay Life Science Advisors

Business development is the lifeblood of the biotech industry. This article focuses on internal decision making regarding portfolio prioritization, and external anticipatory diligence to maintain optimal control over negotiation dynamics (i.e. “controlling the debate”).

Read more on Page 3.

MBBP ADDS TWO ASSOCIATES

Registered Patent Attorney Erin E. Bryan handles a broad range of intellectual property issues in a number of technical areas. She currently works with a variety of clients, including universities, research organizations and start-ups in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas. She is also proficient in patent prosecution and provides assistance with various phases of IP litigation and counseling.

Corporate Attorney Erik S. Thompson provides services to a range of clients, including emerging businesses and private investment funds, and advises them on mergers and acquisitions, issuances of ISOs and equity options, and regulatory compliance. He also serves as outside counsel to numerous companies, attending Board meetings and advising them on corporate actions.

MBBP ATTORNEYS PRESENT “CONSTRUCTING A SOLID PROVISIONAL PATENT”

In October, Registered Patent Attorneys Sean D. Detweiler and Dr. Stanley F. Chalvire spoke at a program hosted by TechSandBox for its Life Sciences SIG. Joining Sean and Stan were two Life Science CEOs. The panel provided attendees with guidance on how to do a provisional patent, on your own, or on a low budget.

RECENT FINANCINGS IN HEALTHCARE / LIFE SCIENCES

  • NED Biosystems closed a $1.5 million Series B Preferred financing with First Round Capital and angel investors. NED Biosystems provides a adjunct therapy of natural supplements designed to enhance chemotherapy with less toxic side effects.
  • Criscot Inc. closed an $800,000 extension of its Series A-2 Preferred Stock financing. Criscot provides a novel, proprietary applicator for delivery of drug compounds, resulting in more exact dosage without toxicity effects.
  • First Light Biosciences Inc. closed a $3.0 million Series B Preferred Stock financing. First Light Biosciences provides a patented instrument for early and swift detection of pathogens during the hospital admissions process, reducing the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

SELVITA ESTABLISHES FIRST U.S. OPERATIONS  IN GREATER BOSTON AREA

MBBP client, Selvita, recently announced an expansion into the Boston-area biotechnology and pharmaceutical market, as they open a fully-owned US subsidiary, Selvita Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Selvita is a leading global drug discovery company and the largest drug discovery company in Central and Eastern Europe. The new office, located at 485 Massachusetts Ave., will focus largely on expanding the company’s existing clients for its drug discovery services, as well as exploring and developing partnering opportunities.

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HENKE-SASS, WOLF A SO-CALLED “HIDDEN CHAMPION”

Every day, people all over the world use products and solutions produced by Henke-Sass, Wolf – often without even realizing it, as most of our products have the brand and label of our customers and not ours. As a medium-sized international company, and a technological leader in the medical endoscopy sector, we are sometimes considered a “hidden champion” – but certainly not “hidden” from our longstanding business partners and loyal customers.

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Love Your Lawyer on National Love Your Lawyer Day! 11/06/2015

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image001On October 22, the American Bar Association adopted a resolution recognizing the first Friday of November as “National Love Your Lawyer Day,” “a day for the public to celebrate lawyers and express their gratitude to them for their affirmative contributions to the public good and the administration of justice.”

Don’t forget to Love Your Lawyer today! Read the resolution here.

Upcoming MBBP M&A Series Event: Selling the Family Business 11/02/2015

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The 3rd and final event in MBBP’s 2015 M&A Series will focus on selling the family business.  In addition to the usual transactional concerns including taxes and liability limitation, a sale of the family business often brings a host of issues such as family relations, loss of employment and other aspects that tend to be more “personal” than in other transactions.

On Friday, November 20th, join MBBP and a panel of experienced transactional professionals for a lively, interactive discussion on the unique issues that come up in the sale of the family business and how best to deal with them.

Attendance is free, but seating is limited. To register today, click here.

MBBP Welcomes Four Associates 10/26/2015

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MBBP is pleased to announce that Jamie N. DaltonMatthew R. LoeckerErin E. Bryan, and Erik S. Thompson, have joined the firm as associates.

M0846544Jamie is a member of our burgeoning litigation department, representing clients in all aspects of litigation, from the investigation of disputes through discovery, trial and appeal. She has significant experience in state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution avenues such as mediation. A graduate of Harvard College (A.B.) and of Northeastern University School of Law (J.D.), Jamie interned during law school with Judge Patty Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

MattM0846580 brings to our corporate practice his considerable experience representing a wide range of emerging and middle market companies in all stages of the business life cycle, and has a particular expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and venture financing. He has counseled some of the country’s leading corporations and private equity firms on complex domestic and cross-border leveraged buyouts and corporate restructuring. Matt is a graduate of Hamline University (B.A.) and Cornell Law School (J.D.).

A Registered Patent Attorney, Erin handles a broad range of intellectual property issues in a number of technical areas. She works with a variety of clients, including universities, research organizations and start-ups in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology areas. She is also proficient in patent prosecution and provides assistance with various phases of IP litigation and counseling. Erin is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (B.S., M.S.) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D.).

Erik provides services to a range of clients, including emerging businesses and private investment funds, and advises them on mergers and acquisitions, issuances of ISOs and equity options, and regulatory compliance. He also serves as outside counsel to numerous companies, attending Board meetings and advising them on corporate actions. A “Double Eagle” (Boston College, B.A.; Boston College Law School, J.D.), Erik served as the Executive Comment Editor of B.C.’s Journal of Law and Social Justice.

We invite you to contact JamieMattErin and Erik directly.

MBBP Upcoming Exclusive Event – The JOBS Act: What You and Your Company Need to Know 10/15/2015

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morseThe Jumpstart our Business Startups Act, commonly referred to as the “JOBS Act,” was signed into law in 2012 as a way to incentivize funding of United States emerging growth companies by easing various securities regulations.

Please join MBBP and Marcum on Thursday, November 12, for a discussion on the new MarcumLogorules and the impact this law has had on the equity crowdfunding and startup community since its inception, and how this may affect you and your company. CPE credits will be offered. 

We hope you can join us for this exciting event. Attendance is free, but seating is limited. To register today, click here.

MBBP to Sponsor Upcoming 2015 MITEF Cambridge Beantown Throwdown 09/28/2015

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MITEF-Full-Color-e1438717228333MBBP is proud to sponsor Beantown Throwdown, taking place at District Hall on Friday, October 9th. Organized by the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) of Cambridge, the Beantown Throwdown will feature teams representing Babson College, Berklee College of Music, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, UMass Lowell and Wentworth Institute of Technology, with each pitching their startups to the audience. Winning teams will receive a range of prizes to help launch and build their companies!

Find out what all the excitement is about, learn more and register for Beantown Throwdown here.

MBBP’s Joe Martinez Elected to MITEF Board 06/25/2015

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Corporate Attorney Joseph MartinezMBBP Corporate attorney Joe Martinez has been elected to the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Board of Directors. Joe takes over a seat formerly held by MBBP’s Jon Gworek, a longtime participant in MITEF.

The mission of the MIT Enterprise Forum is to inform, connect, and coach technology entrepreneurs—enabling them to rapidly transform ideas into world-changing companies, which makes it a natural fit with MBBP and our attorneys. While certainly not restricting our client base to start-ups and tech companies, we have always had a particular understanding of the needs common to them. As such, MBBP has been an active member and sponsor of MITEF since our earliest days.

MBBP is proud to continue a longstanding relationship with the Forum and congratulates Joe on his new role.

Upcoming Event at CIC – Cross-Atlantic Collaborations: Strategies and Tactics 05/19/2015

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Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)On Friday, June 5th MBBP will host an event at the Cambridge Innovation Center entitled “Cross-Atlantic Collaborations: Strategies and Tactics”. The panelists will discuss the creation and structuring of international licensing and collaboration deals in Europe, avoiding the tax traps and structuring pitfalls. This program is designed for smaller biotech and other emerging companies exploring the fertile frontiers of collaborations Across the Pond.

Moderated by:
Peter Barnes-Brown, Partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC


Panelists:
Aidan ByrneChartered Tax Adviser, Partner, Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon
Andreas McConnellPartner, PhilipLee
John Hession, Partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC

 

This event is complimentary, but space is limited. Register today!
Please visit our event page for more details and to register.

MBBP to Sponsor Upcoming TiE Startup Con 04/28/2015

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2015-04-23_9-30-48MBBP is proud to sponsor TiE Startup Con, taking place at the Cambridge Marriott on Friday, May 1st. The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) is a non-profit, global community supporting entrepreneurs all over the world by offering education, mentorship, networking, and funding opportunities. TiE’s upcoming conference seeks to help early-stage entrepreneurs along their journey to launch and build their own companies. It will provide several companies with the opportunity to negotiate with some of Boston’s top angel investors for access to valuable capital. With upwards of 600 annual attendees, the conference boasts three tracks focusing on the “Entrepreneur’s Journey”, “Tales from the Start-up Trenches”, along with traditional insight into “What’s Hot in Tech and Pharma in 2015″.

Find out what all the excitement is about, learn more and register for TiE Startup Con!

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