Joseph Hunt Joins MBBP as Corporate & Tax Associate

We are pleased to announce the addition of corporate and tax associate, Joseph E. Hunt IV. Joe advises emerging and middle-market companies in a wide range of industries and at all stages of their development. Joe also provides counsel to clients on general tax matters, entity formation, and on corporate governance. Prior to joining MBBP, …

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Carl Barnes Comments on Earnout Disputes in Startup Acquisitions in Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal article "Rise of 'Earnouts' Muddies M&A Waters" discusses the increasing landscape of earnout agreements in startup acquisitions. As the article states, earnout agreements are often used in order to settle differences over a company's valuation, but are frequently leading to disputes over milestone payments. MBBP corporate partner Carl Barnes remarks that: …

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Corporate Attorney Shannon Zollo Explains In-House Counsel’s Role in Due Diligence

In Corporate Counsel's article "10 Uber In-House Attorneys Saw Due Diligence Report in Battle With Alphabet", Shannon Zollo comments on the role of in-house counsel in the due diligence process. The article discusses a due diligence report from Uber's acquisition of Otto, in which Alphabet claims there is proof that Uber knowingly acquired stolen intellectual …

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Revised HSR Thresholds 2017

On January 19, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued its annual press release announcing revised jurisdictional thresholds for 2017 in connection with reportable transactions 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 …

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

Firm corporate partner Scott Bleier was recently interviewed by LinkSquares, Inc., regarding his vast knowledge and experience as a "veteran startup lawyer".  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 …

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

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.   …

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Civil Penalties for HSR Violations Raised by FTC

The Federal Trade Commission announced that the maximum civil penalty for violations of the premerger notification requirements of the HSR Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 has increased from $16,000 to $40,000 per day. A premerger notification gives the FTC and the Department of Justice, which share jurisdiction over HSR, the ability to review a transaction for …

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MBBP Partner Carl Barnes to be Panelist on MCLE M&A Program

Carl Barnes will be featured as a panelist on the upcoming MCLE program "Representations, Warranties, Indemnification and Termination Provisions: Drafting and negotiating to allocate risk in business transactions". For more detail and for information on how to register, visit our M&A Today blog.

M&A Considerations for Venture-Backed Companies – Register now!

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 Bohrmann, Ted 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. …

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Attorney Shannon Zollo Panelist at AMAA New England Meeting

MBBP Attorney Shannon Zollo will be a panelist at the 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 …

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