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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,…
By Louis Lehot, the founder of L2 Counsel, P.C. and the video blog series #askasiliconvalleylawyer What is a merger, reverse-merger, acquisition, stock purchase or asset sale? Picking the right transaction structure can make or break your return. There will always be a variety of reasons driving if and when to sell your business. On the one hand, things may not be going as well as you thought, and it’s time to consider options. On the…
Louis Lehot, the founder of L2 Counsel In the technology industry, whether in Cupertino or elsewhere in the Global Silicon Valley, the competition for the top talent required to grow to scale can be fierce. For decades, there have not been nearly enough STEM graduates to fill open spots. The road from #garage2global is tortuous, and a key ingredient to becoming #bigtech faster than the next #startup is hiring engineers. For #bigtech companies to stay…
Louis Lehot, the founder of L2 Counsel Labor and employment law compliance can cause significant problems for businesses, no matter their size, and there is no de minimis exception for startups. Like death and taxes, changes in labor and employment laws in every jurisdiction are the only constant. While keeping abreast of these rapidly evolving rules has always presented a management challenge, in the era of global pandemics and what comes after, compliance has a…
Louis Lehot, the founder of L2 Counsel Serving as outside general counsel and business lawyer to over a hundred emerging private growth companies from formation to liquidity. Clients engage with me at creation and even through the course of their business life cycle. In today’s environment, where startups are managed leanly with minimal cash and founders increasingly handling their own legal, accounting, and fundraising efforts, it is not surprising that shortcuts are taken and corporate formalities…
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…