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New team members, new deals, news from the Global Silicon Valley Friends, Welcome back. As always, the tech world is constantly moving, constantly changing. Today, I have highlights from rocketry rivalry to how AI and smartphones can transform healthcare. There are lots of exciting things happening. But first, some news at home… Welcome André Thiollier and Ashley Youn-Jae Lee Foley & Lardner welcomes André Thiollier, who joins the firm as a partner in Silicon Valley, bringing significant cross-border…
By Louis Lehot, a business lawyer at Foley & Lardner LLP in San Francisco and Silicon Valley Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), organizations that raise funds in the public markets for the purpose of acquiring a private company and taking it public, had their heyday during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, 248 companies went public through mergers with SPACs, exceeding the number of such deals in the past ten years combined, according to SPAC Data. While…
By | Louis Lehot | Business lawyer Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), organizations that raise funds in the public markets for the purpose of acquiring a private company and taking it public, had their heyday during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, 248 companies went public through mergers with SPACs, exceeding the number of such deals in the past ten years combined, according to SPAC Data. While the craze continued through the first quarter of 2021, issuance ground…
Louis Lehot is a partner and business lawyer with, Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles offices, where he is a member of the Private Equity & Venture Capital, M&A and Transactions Practices, and the Technology, Health Care, and Energy Industry Teams. Louis focuses his practice on advising entrepreneurs and their management teams, investors, and financial advisors at all stages of growth, from garage to global.…
Photo by Edi Kurniawan on Unsplash By Louis Lehot, Esq., and Catherine Zhu, Esq., Foley & Lardner LLP Louis Lehot and Catherine Zhu of Foley & Lardner LLP discuss the rise of financial technology startups and the legal and regulatory scrutiny they may face. This year has seen a surge in investor interest in fintech startups. CB Insights1 reported that the first quarter of 2021 was the largest funding quarter on record for fintech, surpassing Q2…
By Louis Lehot, a business law partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in Silicon Valley Speculating about the future can be a perilous undertaking. If predictions from the twentieth century were right, we would be cruising around in flying cars and living in moonbases or on remote planets by now. Putting those pre-21st century fantasies aside, don’t make the mistaking of looking backwards when driving forward. To survive the pandemic, circumstances forced companies to…
By Louis Lehot, a business law partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in Silicon Valley Over the last year, the pandemic upended many industries, prompting businesses to pivot quickly to enable a fully virtual everything, from workplace to marketplace to nearly every aspect of life. Even the legal profession, which historically has been slow to adopt technology, is now starting to catch up to other industries by embracing digital transformation. The results in…
By Louis Lehot, a business law partner at Foley & Lardner LLP in Silicon Valley When the pandemic first hit the U.S. economy, many experts anticipated a decided pullback from comparatively risky investments like startups. Crunchbase reported in March of 2020 that “If past cycles are any guide, we can expect a sharp startup funding slowdown in coming months.” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance concluded that “Investors and companies must be prepared…
By Nicole Hatcher and Louis Lehot, business law partners at Foley & Lardner LLP in Silicon Valley Why SAFEs will continue to dominate in early stages Amidst historic highs for startup investment in 2021, and new records broken every month, one wonders whether we can expect the venture capital boom to continue. According to the data, demand for pre-seed and seed-stage deals are being driven by pent-up demand from volatile markets, and the necessity of…
By Louis Lehot and Eric Chow, business lawyers at Foley & Lardner LLP in Silicon Valley An initial public offering (IPO) is a crucial time in the life of a company and its stakeholders. Initial investors, employees, and executives can profit from the public listing, and the company can raise additional capital. But IPOs come with a number of limitations, some required and some just common. Today, lock-up agreements, once a common feature of IPOs,…