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International HR and employee discipline issues in FCPA matters

When carrying out internal investigations into Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) or other bribery issues, multinational employers may find themselves investigating alleged wrongdoing that occurred in more than one country. Lawyers and HR personnel, who often coordinate or directly carry out investigations overseas, need to understand that local laws, practices and cultural differences mean that … Continue Reading

Understanding common types of seed investments: 4 useful charts

For an early-stage startup, the prospect of securing financing through seed investment for up-front capital expenses can be daunting. This is a simple guide that outlines the advantages and disadvantages of common types of seed investments. The two most common categories of seed investments available to startups can largely be categorized as convertible debt financing … Continue Reading

Israel and GDPR: Processors take note

Andrew Dyson, head of the UK Data Protection and Privacy practice at DLA Piper, authored the Privacy and Data Protection chapter entitled, “Israel and GDPR: Processors take note,” in the IsraelDesks International Legal Guide 2018, an international legal and business guide for Israeli companies, click here to read more. Andrew acts as lead external counsel on major … Continue Reading

Restrictive covenants: what are they and when and where can they be used

Should you be asking your employees to executive restrictive covenants to prevent them from exploiting your intellectual property, or luring away your customers or co-workers for the benefit of your competitors? Many employers answer this question with a yes. In the US, restrictive covenants are governed by state law, which can vary widely by state. … Continue Reading

The GDPR’s impact on internal investigations

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, 2018 and has necessitated major compliance efforts by corporations doing business within the EU or (in most cases) processing the personal data of EU employees or customers. However, the GDPR’s effect on corporate internal investigations – both within the EU and abroad … Continue Reading

Capitalization table fundamentals

A capitalization table is a summary of equity ownership in a corporation. Good cap table maintenance and good corporate governance go hand in hand, so it is critical for corporations to keep their cap table accurate and up to date. In its simplest form, a cap table is a spreadsheet that has columns for, at … Continue Reading

California privacy law poised to alter US privacy landscape

For decades, US state legislatures have taken an incremental approach to privacy regulation, passing legislation that addressed specific privacy issues (eg, a host of employee privacy laws, online privacy policy requirements, SSN privacy) but rejecting bills proposing broad-based creation of new privacy rights. This pattern changed abruptly this week in California, where both houses of … Continue Reading

eSignature and ePayment News and Trends

This issue of eSignature and ePayment News and Trends includes information about whether your website is ADA compliant, as well as news on federal and state law, federal and state regulatory activities, fresh judicial precedent and more. Click here to read the full newsletter written by Margo H. K. Tank, David Whitaker and Andrew Grant.… Continue Reading

Stock option grant checklist for startups

Stock options are still the most common form of equity compensation used by private startup companies. In order to provide a quick reference tool, our colleagues Cisco Palao-Ricketts and Malaz Moustafa have put together a checklist of the key requirements and best practices for granting stock options. Click here to read the full checklist.… Continue Reading

Disruption in the Real Estate Industry – Don’t leave the lawyers behind

Lawyers have a tendency to be reactive-considering changes in statute and case law and applying that to the current transaction of a client. The much talked of disruption and change in the real estate industry necessitates a more forward-thinking and innovative approach, predicated upon understanding the real estate sector, the drivers of change and how … Continue Reading

Intellectual property basics for startups: trade secrets

The crown jewels of a typical technology company are often found in its intellectual property portfolio. Having a good basic understanding of intellectual property protection is essential for entrepreneurs to extract value out of their company’s key assets and manage opportunities and risk arising from them. Among these key assets is the trade secret. Our colleague … Continue Reading

DLA Piper Guide to Going Global – Tax 2018

Successful global expansion depends in part on strategic and effective tax planning and compliance. The Guide to Going Global – Tax addresses key features of tax laws by jurisdiction, including: Taxation of resident companies and non-resident companies Availability of tax holidays, rulings and favorable tax regimes Ability to use losses to offset income Anti-deferral (ie CFC) rules … Continue Reading

New York joins the #MeToo fray with sweeping legislation

Although the #MeToo movement found its roots in the entertainment industry, you would be hard-pressed to name an industry that has not seen a prominent figure fall from grace in the past eight months. Most employers have long understood that they must confront the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, but the question is … Continue Reading

Founder friendly stock alternatives I: keeping control and super-voting common stock

Many founders worry about keeping control of their startups as their companies grow. As a company takes on new investment, the founders will typically lose control of the company’s board of directors and voting control of the overall company. Because the board can fire a founder and is the gatekeeper to other major milestones in the … Continue Reading

Mergers and acquisitions: overview of a transaction

Many startups dream of going public, but, in today’s environment, being acquired is often a more likely (and in some cases, more desirable) exit for many companies, venture-backed or otherwise.  For first-time entrepreneurs, however, the process of getting all the way to the altar with a suitor may seem overwhelming. To help you understand this … Continue Reading

Coming to America and accessing the US markets

While there are many options for expanding your business into the US, careful consideration of the business and legal issues will help to minimize any bumps in the road on your journey to America. Our colleagues Louis Lehot, Philipp Tsukanov and Anton Ziajka outline the choices for non- US companies that want to set up shop to access US … Continue Reading

Advisory boards: what, why, who, when and how

Advisory boards have become a common way to bring in experts to advise a company’s management team in a non-binding manner. By creating an advisory board, many startups and private companies are able to benefit from the knowledge of others, without the formality, expense, commitments and legal responsibilities that come with appointing a director to … Continue Reading

Real Estate Gazette: Seismic Shifts

The latest issue of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Gazette is devoted to the impact of digitalization on the real estate industry and the changes we can expect to see in the future. Blockchain is a concept that crops up in several of the articles. This issue also features an interview between DLA Piper Amsterdam partner … Continue Reading

DLA Piper’s Employment Guide to Going Global – 2018 edition

Many companies today aim to scale their businesses globally and into multiple countries simultaneously. In order to help clients meet this challenge, we have created a handy set of global guides that cover the basics that companies need to know. The Guide to Going Global series reviews business-relevant corporate, employment, equity compensation, intellectual property and technology, and tax … Continue Reading

New Jersey requires paid sick leave for all employees

Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law new statewide legislation requiring paid sick leave rights for employees. The new law is set to go into effect in October 2018. Click here to read more about this topic in an article written by our colleague Paul D. Erian.  … Continue Reading

Should I hire a consultant? Key employment law questions to ask yourself

Cathryn Le Regulski addresses some key questions that companies need to ask themselves when their company starts to expand globally. While bringing on independent contractors or consultants may seem like the perfect and easy solution, there are some considerations every company should evaluate. Such a move could be the perfect solution as your company grows, or … Continue Reading
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