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, without the BigLaw price tag.
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.
March 22, 2018 - 12-1:15 pm - The Business of Marijuana: Corporate and Criminal Concerns for Cannabis Businesses
Neda Shapourian and Michelle Dylan will present on the history of cannabis regulations; formation of for-profit cannabis companies, ancillary service providers, and funds seeking to invest in the cannabis industry; and potential criminal exposure for marijuana businesses, for the Palo Alto Area Bar Association.
March 28, 2018 - 5:30-8 pm - Foreign Startups Mixer and Pitch
Lindsey Mignano, Pramod Gosavi of VMWare's Corporate Strategy Team, Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law, and Sandeep Shroff of MyStartupCFO will present on topics such as setting up a foreign subsidiary versus undergoing a "Delaware Flip" (read more about this transaction here); tips for raising equity from institutional investors in the States; and international tax consequences of operating a business here and abroad, for foreign entrepreneurs seeking later rounds of investment in the States.
April 4, 2018 - 12-1:15 pm - The Business of Marijuana: Corporate and Criminal Concerns for Cannabis Businesses
Neda Shapourian and Michelle Dylan will present on the history of cannabis regulations; formation of for-profit cannabis companies, ancillary service providers, and funds seeking to invest in the cannabis industry; and potential criminal exposure for marijuana businesses, at the Alameda County Bar Association. Link to register is on the Alameda County Bar Associationcalendar, and can be accessed below.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Teela Crosthwaite Smith will present to an invite-only group of German Accelerator startups on topics such as business formation, commercial transactions, employment, and trademarks/patents @ Runway.
April 8, 2018 - 12 pm - Virtual Presentation on Business Law Topics for Entrepreneurial Women @ Golden Gate Mothers Club
Teela C. Smith and Lindsey S. Mignano, corporate/employment lawyers for startups and small businesses, will host a webcast for the ladies of Golden Gate Mothers Club, discussing 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 be independent contractors or employees.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Glenn Ballard, CPA, 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.