Smith Shapourian Mignano PC is a women- and minority-owned law boutique firm representing startups and small businesses in corporate matters and business litigation. We are an innovative and enterprising law firm, utilizing up-to-the-minute technology to maximize our efficiency and effectiveness so as to offer clients a high-touch, high-quality experience.
Our corporate clients include growth-stage tech and cannabis entrepreneurs who are forming and scaling their companies, as well as traditional small businesses, private equity/venture firms, and professional services firms who seek to form, buy, sell, merge or dissolve their businesses. Our business litigation clients include founders involved in disputes with their former companies, partners, or investors; or businesses engaged in contractual disputes with their service providers, clients, or former employees.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Glenn Ballard of Marpe Finance will discuss the legal and tax concerns for American and foreign-based startup entrepreneurs seeking to build or expand their existing businesses into the States. Specifically, they will cover such topics as how venture capital opportunities in the States influences the decision to incorporate as a Delaware C Corporation versus organize as an in-state LLC; the tax implications of setting up as a C/S corporation versus an LLC; for foreign-based entrepreneurs, the possibility of raising later rounds of capital (Series B, C) as a determining factor in the decision to incorporate a subsidiary (Delaware C Corporation) or perform a "Delaware Flip" (click here for more information on this transaction); and the international tax implications operating a business here and abroad.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Brit Summerill of NowCFO will present for the cohort of Founders Embassy and discuss topics such as choosing the right legal entity to set up your small business or startup; loan or equity financing; intellectual property concerns; and how to choose and compensate the right team of early hires, whether they are independent contractors or employees.
Neda Shapourian, Brieanne Traube of Early Growth Financial Services, Lauren McCollom of Square 1 Bank, Christy Peterson of Andersen Tax, and Josie Gomez of TriNet will discuss key tips to scale the growth of your startup and raise funds, including topics such as choosing the right legal entity to set up your startup for investment; intellectual property concerns (i.e., confidential information, trademarks, patents); considerations when hiring early stage employees/independent contractors; strategies for raising a seed v. angel v. series round; business valuation, specifically pre-money and post-money valuation; and understanding dilution.