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Amidst a global pandemic, why are so many companies rushing to go public via the SPAC, despite producing lower returns for investors? By Louis Lehot, the founder of L2 Counsel, P.C. and the video blog series #askasiliconvalleylawyer In recent years, the world has seen a gold rush of private companies rushing to go-public via a reverse merger with a special purpose acquisition corporation, or “SPAC.” This article will attempt to answer why. We will…
Dealing during the Crisis: What to expect for M&A and How to get deals done in the Second Half of 2020 By Louis Lehot, the founder of L2 Counsel, P.C. M&A deals during Q2 2020 mirrored the trajectory of Acapulco cliff divers plummeting to the sea. Global M&A by value fell to $318.6B in Q2 2020, a low not seen in 17 years. Mergers and acquisitions can be difficult in any economic environment, but they are…
Louis Lehot||Dealing during the Crisis: What to expect for M&A and How to get deals done in the Second Half of 2020 By Louis Lehot, the founder of L2 Counsel, P.C. M&A deals during Q2 2020 mirrored the trajectory of Acapulco cliff divers plummeting to the sea. Global M&A by value fell to $318.6B in Q2 2020, a low not seen in 17 years. Mergers and acquisitions can be difficult in any economic environment, but they…
Louis Lehot | Leader of New Boutique Blends BigLaw & Silicon Valley Experience to Serve Clients of All Sizes Louis Lehot Many major companies absolutely must have large, big-name law firms offering them legal and business advice — or at least many businesses think they do. But increasingly corporate clients are finding that they can get equally sound legal counsel from smaller firms, particularly if lawyers at these partnerships have BigLaw experience and a keen understanding of high-tech…
By Louis Lehot, the founder of L2 Counsel, P.C. and the video blog series #askasiliconvalleylawyer As you embark on your first fundraise or a full venture capital round, it’s important to know who are the key players in venture capital, what types of deals they fund and what are the VC firms that fund what kind of deal. This post attempts to set the stage for any entrepreneur or management team on who is…
Louis Lehot Founder of L2 Counsel Friends, Hope you are enjoying your summer to the fullest! It is already August and the end of summer is near, as well as return to the offices in September that was planned by many companies. And while many of us are so sick and tired of sitting at home, that rushing to the office is going to be the first thing we plan to do on September 1st. We’d…
Live Webcast: Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 at 10:00 am PDT- for Founders, Executives, and Investors The COVID pandemic has made 2020 a very challenging year for most businesses. While most braced themselves for a profound economic impact as the shutdowns descended, Q2 venture capital numbers are one of the few economic bright spots. According to PWC and CB Insights MoneyTree Report for Q2 2020, global deal activity in North America, Asia, and Europe totaled 3,812 deals,…
The global pandemic, sheltering in place, the shutdown of the economy and the stalling recovery has triggered a massive drop in M&A activity, with the total value of deals in the first half of 2020 at just over $900B, 53% below the same period in 2019, and the lowest half-yearly total since the first half of 2010. Volume, meanwhile, fell 32% year on year, to just under 7000 deals, the lowest half-yearly volume total since…
By Elizabeth Lampert | #askasiliconvalleylawyer | Louis Lehot L2 Counsel attorney Louis Lehot is used to working in his office, but since mid-March, he’s been working at home like so many in the legal industry, helping businesses and ventures with compelling technologies reach their growth objectives with sound legal strategies and solutions. And he’s been doing it in a full house whose members include his wife, two children, three cats and a dog. Photo by Ken Tomita
By Louis Lehot, the founder of L2 Counsel, P.C. and the video blog series #askasiliconvalleylawyer Artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting technologies, markets and applications everywhere. But what does it really mean? Professors Andreas Kaplan and Michael Haenlein defined AI as “a system’s ability to correctly interpret external data, to learn from such data, and to use those learnings to achieve specific goals and tasks through flexible adaptation.” AI’s ascendancy has been made possible by…