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MBBP’s Amanda Phillips Named Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2017 Up & Coming Lawyer 03/06/2017

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Litigation associate Amanda Phillips has been named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a recipient of their “2017 Up & Coming Lawyers Award“. ARP Headshot Photo 2016 (M0884433xB1386)The recognition is awarded to a select number of attorneys who have been practicing for fewer than 10 years but whose professional achievements are noteworthy and whose service to the community is also significant.

For further detail on Amanda’s credentials and the award, read our full announcement. Congratulations, Amanda!

Chip Wry Discusses Entity Choice and Tax Reform in Accounting Today 03/02/2017

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Accounting Today’s article titled “To LLC or not to LLC: Entity choice and tax reform“, discusses the importance of choosing the correctM0846619 type of entity to use when forming a business, and the possible impact of an upcoming tax reform. Tax attorney Chip Wry states that while the exact outline of the tax reform is unknown, “it will be similar to the GOP Blueprint. Both the Trump plan and the Blueprint call for lower corporate and individual rates, and an intermediate pass-through rate.” Chip goes on to explain the various tax considerations of choosing a business entity and the scenarios a tax reform may present.

For further detail, read the full article.

You may also be interested in: Tax Considerations in Choosing the Proper Form of Business Entity

MBBP Client Atrex Receives Canadian Standards Association Approval for Remote Power Generators 03/02/2017

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Firm client Atrex Energy, Inc. received approval from a Canadian standards group for its remote power generators, which are used in applications for the oil and gas industry. This is the first-ever certification from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) under its new FC-1 Standard for its high efficiency and fuel flexible ARP units. CSA certification is a rigorous standard of safety, and as such recognizes the safety and reliability of the technology in Atrix’s remote power generators. Many customers require equipment to have the certification, making this a major achievement for Atrex.

Atrex is based in Walpole, MA and its products offer low carbon, environmental solutions for essential off-grid power needs. To read more about the certification and Atrex’s remote power generators, read the full article featured in the latest edition of North American Oil & Gas Pipelines.

MBBP Attorneys Sean Detweiler and Bill Schmidt to be Panelists for Intellectual Property Event 02/28/2017

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MBBP patent and trademark attorney Sean Detweiler and patent attorney Bill Schmidt are scheduled to be panelists for an upcoming event on March 23rd as they discuss “Intellectual Property: The Ins and Outs of Intellectual Property (IP)”. Sean and Bill will be answering questions as they relate to Intellectual Property, specifically patents, in order to save people time and money by answering general questions prior to a client contacting an attorney.

This event will take place on March 23rd from 2-4pm at TechSandbox, with the attorneys covering the basics of IP and patents, and a Q&A session to follow. In addition, attendees with further questions will each have the special opportunity of a one-on-one session with one of the attorneys.

This is a very special event you don’t want to miss! View the event page for more information.

Ryan Perry Discusses Profits Interests and their Potential Business Benefits and Caveats in New Article 02/27/2017

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rjp-headshot-photo-2016-m0949892xb1386One of the first and most important tax-driven decisions a founder must make is the type of entity in which to house his or her venture. Though much ink has been spilled over the pros and cons of choosing a corporation versus a limited liability company, or LLC, one thing is certain: most folks understand corporations better than LLCs. And who could blame them? LLCs can be complicated entities – so flexible that they often seem downright weird. As a result, even when a founder decides that an LLC is the right fit, it is often structured to look as much like a corporation as possible. We denote membership interest as stock-like units, we view boards of managers simply as directors by another name, and yes, we sometimes even issue options to employees. Equity compensation strategies in the world of the LLC, however, can be much thornier propositions than they are for the humble corporation.

For more information about profits interests and other equity compensation strategies, read the full article or contact Ryan Perry.

Howard Zaharoff Highlights 2016 Copyright Legislative and Regulatory Developments 02/16/2017

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HGZ Headshot Photo 2015 (M0846618xB1386)While many are reflecting on the key copyright cases of 2016, Howard Zaharoff states the necessity of noting the important copyright legislative and regulatory developments that also took place. In his most recent article, Copyright Law: Legislative and Regulatory Developments, Howard discusses developments by the House Judiciary Committee, the Small Copyright Claims Tribunal, and the new procedure for registering designated agents under the DMCA, among others.

For an overview on these and other copyright developments, read the full article.

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

Posted by Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton in Corporate, Deal News, Internet and E-Commerce, M&A, Manufacturing, Retail & Service, Public Companies.
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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 Trademark Client FusionStorm Earns Ultra-Exclusive Dell EMC Titanium Black Honor 02/01/2017

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MBBP’s trademark client FusionStorm has truly earned its stripes over the past six years fusionstorm-logoafter receiving more than a dozen Partner of the Year vendor awards, and recently having been handpicked as one of the partners to join the extremely exclusive Dell EMC Titanium Black program. This program gives FusionStorm access to a broad range of exclusive benefits aimed at driving sales growth, and also provides the company with the ability to meet, confer, and brief with Dell’s top technologists and Dell EMC CEO Michael Dell. FusionStorm’s CEO of five years, Dan Serpico, has attributed the company’s success to its ability to adapt to how the environment and market each shift, to maintain the company’s strong relationships with vendors and customers, and to lead the company through shifts in the industry.

The company’s entrepreneurial sales approach and technical expertise have served to build the company’s culture, and in turn, its ability to deliver its service product. Serpico attributes the company’s great success to FusionStorm’s employees and their innovative ideas, as listening and paying attention to the workers is another segment of FusionStorm’s culture. The company works incredibly hard to remain ahead of competitors in order to predict shifts and remain relevant within the industry. With the company’s recent and incredible success, Serpico emphasizes the importance of continuous innovation, and the company pays very close attention to the future of the industry, and how FusionStorm will remain a part of it. Congratulations to FusionStorm!

For more information, read the full article.

Dr. Kaushik Chowdhury Named as a Recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers 01/31/2017

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Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, PC congratulates Dr. Kaushik Chowdhury, Director of Northeastern University’s Next Generation Networks and Systems (GENESYS) Lab, on recently being named as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) – the highest honor given by the US government to science and engineering professionals.

This summer, MBBP Partner Mike Cavaretta served as Business Mentor to Dr. Chowdhury’s team as part of the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program, which offers select participants from US academic laboratories the opportunity to participate in a special, accelerated version of Stanford University’s Lean LaunchPad course. As part of this intensive program, Mike worked closely with Dr. Chowdhury and his I-Corps™ team to help move ground-breaking Radio Frequency (RF) Energy Harvesting technology developed at Dr. Chowdhury’s GENESYS Lab out of the lab and into the market.

Congratulations to Dr. Chowdhury!

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.

MBBP Trademark Client Visible Measures On How to Launch a Super Bowl Campaign 01/27/2017

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With Super Bowl LI only a week and change away, it is important for brands and new-logo-as-of-2015-01-08-vmclogo_260x80-2advertisers to know how to connect with their audiences by creating a powerful and impressionable advertising campaign. MBBP’s trademark client Visible Measures, the leader in social video attention measurement and activation, has this down to a science with their Super Bowl Attention Playbook. The Super Bowl grosses one of the highest viewer ratings in the country all year, with more than 110 million viewers in the United States alone; therefore, it is of the utmost importance that brands and advertisers are aware of the best ways to create a hit campaign, and Visible Measures provides the Golden Ticket.

Visible Measures examined previous advertising trends surrounding past Super Bowls, and has created an advertising “playbook” on the key techniques to create a successful campaign. This includes: going beyond Facebook to Youtube, where 3x as much viewing occurs; knowing the prime times during the game to execute a campaign for maximum views; and more. Visible Measures is a company fueled by data that has successfully assisted many advertisers and brands in their endeavor to spread their message, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us on February 5th. Go Visible Measures and go Patriots!

For more information, check out the full article.

MBBP Client MindChild Medical, Inc. Receives FDA Clearance of Fetal Heart Monitor 01/26/2017

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MindChild Medical, Inc., a client of MBBP, has received FDA clearance for its Pre-Marketing Notification (510(k)) for its MERIDIAN™ M110 non-invasive fetal heart monitor. The FDA clearance will enable MindChild to enter the U.S. market with MERIDIAN™.

MindChild’s MERIDIAN™ M110 Fetal Monitoring System is an intrapartum fetal monitor that externally measures and displays fetal heart rate, maternal heart rate, and uterine contractions.

MindChild was founded in 2008 and is a privately funded medical device company. To learn more about the MERIDIAN™ device and MindChild, read the full press release.

Congratulations to MindChild on this achievement!

MBBP’s Client Officeworks, and CEO Mark Loughlin, Expanding Into New York City 01/24/2017

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MBBP’s client Officeworks, an office furniture dealership and consulting firm based in Boston, is expanding into the New York City office furniture market with current CEO Mark Loughlin and newly hired Principal David Quinn at the helm. Loughlin purchased the company in 2010, and sales began to skyrocket with growth being 10x what it had previously been within five years. Loughlin attributes the company’s success to exceptional customer service and a dynamic working environment that is conducive to new ideas and innovation.

By placing the utmost importance on the employees, Loughlin believes that the company is laying a strong foundation upon which to continue to grow. With Officeworks being one of two authorized dealers of Teknion furniture within the New York City market, this will give the company an edge as they settle into their new environment. However, being that Officeworks was named Teknion Dealer of the Year due to its dominating success and astounding sales growth, it would seem they have had their edge for quite some time, and will continue to prove it in the Big Apple. Congratulations to Officeworks!

For more information, read the full article.

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 client, Whitehead Institute, featured in New York Times article discussing Genomic research 01/12/2017

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whitehead-institute-client-logo-sm-m0055040xb1386The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, a client of MBBP, is featured in a New York Times article about progressive research on topologically associating domains (TADs) in DNA.

As the article explains, TADs are a newly discovered design feature of the genome that partition different groups of genes into neighborhoods. If these partitions are broken, various diseases may occur.

By conducting research on TADs, scientists hope to gain a more in depth understanding of how gene expression is controlled. Dr. Richard Young of the Whitehead Institute and his team are involved in TADs research and are continuing to push the boundaries of knowledge about genetic neighborhoods.

For more information, read the full article.

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