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SEC Raises Some Exemption Caps, Expanding Access to Capital (& Integration Framework)

In another move that should expand access to capital (see previous coverage of the slight expansion of the Accredited Investor standard here), the SEC on November 2, 2020 raised the caps on the amount that can be raised under certain offering exemptions. Here is the press release from SEC. As a baseline rule, the United …

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SEC Expands Definitions of Accredited Investor and QIB, Widening Access to Private Offerings

  If you have ever raised money as a startup, done private securities deals, raised money for private equity, or done other similar private securities market activities, you know how important the “Accredited Investor” standard is. HINT: if you want to get to exactly what the changes were, then please skip to Part 3 In …

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EXPLAINER: CONTRACTS 101

EXPLAINER: CONTRACTS 101 This post was co-authored by Ryan Reiffert, San Antonio corporate & transactional attorney and  Evan Janssen, a student at St. Mary’s School of Law Background Contracts are no strangers at the Law Offices of Ryan Reiffert, PLLC. I assist with and review personal transactions, business agreements, government procurement documents, investment contracts, and …

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How to Purchase (or Sell) a Business Now in 5 Steps

How to Purchase (or Sell) a Business Now in 5 Steps So you want to purchase a business but you are not sure how to go about the process and close the purchase in the right way. LAW OFFICES OF RYAN REIFFERT PLLC has published this guide to help you in this high-stakes process. Based …

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COVID-19 Waivers: When to Use Them, How They Protect You (Or, How They Sometimes Don’t), and A Few Things to Watch Out For

Maybe you’re thinking “oh God, another COVID article”? And if your business is closed, or isn’t customer-facing, or etc., feel free to skip this one. But, if it’s not, this is timely stuff. I was recently quoted in Reuters and the NY Post, as well as a few other places, about COVID waivers (here and …

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INFOGRAPHIC: How a Startup Grows

The attached infographic shows an example of a company’s journey from its beginning to initial public offering (IPO). Your startup may or may not follow this exact path – some stages may be compressed into one, and others may be separated into different parts. Your company may receive a buyout offer somewhere along the way. …

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Top 7 Questions to Ask Before Engaging a Business Attorney

Selecting corporate counsel for your business is an important decision – having the right advisor in your corner, who is not only a legal expert and a qualified attorney, but a true “counselor” as well, can be a critical component in protecting and growing your business. For an entrepreneur, a new business is a little …

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Transition Services Agreements: overview and new developments

A key component of some M&A transactions is the Transition Services Agreement, or TSA. The TSA essentially answers the question: what services is the seller required to continue providing to the buyer, for how long, and upon what terms? The TSA is a separate legal agreement from the acquisition agreement, covering certain services to be …

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Manager Held Personally Liable for Company Contract Breach

The Court of Appeals for the Fifth District of Texas (this court sits in Dallas) recently issued a decision that should serve as a cautionary tale and another reminder to be careful what you sign, and draft your contracts carefully, in PMC Chase, LLP and Steve Turnbow v. Branch Structural Solutions, Inc., 05-18-01383-CV (Tex. App. …

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Is Your Deal’s “Exclusive Remedy” Really Exclusive? Delaware Chancellors Say… Maybe Not

The Delaware Court of Chancery is the premier forum for complex corporate law disputes. The Chancellors recently clarified some issues regarding the exclusivity (or lack thereof) of purportedly exclusive termination fees for M&A deals, including an exercise in precise reading of contractual language. Corporate lawyers and other deal professionals should all be paying attention. The Deal In …

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