Lindsey S. Mignano and Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law presented a panel entitled "Executing a Flip Transaction: Bringing a Foreign Startup Into the U.S. Investment Market" for Strafford. They discussed how to structure a "flip" transaction, in which shares of a foreign entity (typically a startup) are exchanged with a U.S. entity to enter the U.S. investment market, the pros and cons of flip transactions, upfront tax, IP and contractual concerns, and immigration issues that will need to be resolved for personnel relocating to the U.S.
As early stage startup financing rebounds after a slowdown in 2020 and more early stage startups get funded in 2021, the next question becomes, how to raise money, grow and scale teams. Lindsey S. Mignano, Francesca Puccinelli of Carta, Rebekah Willetts of Sequoia, Robert Ravanshenas of Maven Ventures, and Glenn Gow the CEO "Therapist" hosted an informative panel entitled "Fundraising 101: How to Successfully Raise a Round" for Carta. They discussed topics such as the current state of financing for early stage startups; how to best work with your investors after a raise; what the market salary and equity compensation packages look like for founders and early stage startup employees after a raise; and how a founder/CEO can best manage the radical role changes that occur post-financing.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Australian lawyer, Courtney Bowie of Her Lawyer, discussed various options for fundraising, how to raise a Seed or Series A investment, and current financing trends in the States and Australia in a panel event entitled, "Law & Order: Fundraising Law & Financing Trends" for FemTech Collective.
In the National Venture Capital Association's Q1 2021 Pitchbook Report, the NVCA reported that "[t]he share of female-founded companies as a proportion of total US VC deals, measured by both deal count and dollar volume, continued its downward trajectory," and that the "Q1 deal value proportion shows a sharp decline for all female-founded companies." What can we do to change this? Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a PuzzleHR-sponsored panel entitled "Financing and Scaling Your Startup in 2021: Tips from Women in VC" with female VCs Alexa Binns and Ashley Ramirez of Halogen Ventures, and Danielle Delancey of Wilmot Ventures. The panel was hosted by co-panelist Rich Gettings of PuzzleHR. Panelists discussed the current state of financing for women-led venture funds and early stage startups, how startups can best locate and work with women in the venture and startup ecosystem, as well as how to tackle diversity and inclusion concerns when team building and expanding after a financing event.
Lindsey S. Mignano and Ernest Hammond III of Twilio moderated a community-based panel entitled "Mental Health and Well-Being: A timely discussion for Black and Asian communities in light of police brutality and hate crimes/incidents" for the Bar Association of San Francisco and Blacks in Technology, among numerous sponsor firms and minority bar associations. The three panelists and psychologists, Drs. Allison Briscoe-Smith, Grace Niu, and Uche Ukuku, discussed issues such as processing police brutality against Africans and African Americans and rising hate crimes/incidents against Asian Americans; how to talk to children about processing these types of events without traumatizing them; and when a person of color experiencing trauma from these events should reach out to a licensed psychologist for help.
Lindsey S. Mignano hosted a virtual Question-and-Answer Session regarding corporate, employment, and intellectual property topics for the select cohort of SwissNex Virtual Bootcamp seeking to form, flip, and/or expand their EU-based businesses in the U.S.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel for the Alameda County Bar Association called "Women & Minority Owned Law Firms: Addressing Intersectionality in Law Practice and Ownership of Law Firms" with panelists Ann Cun of Accel Visa Attorneys, Aravinda Sheshadri of Venturous Counsel, and Nnena Ukuku of Venture Gained Legal. This panel was co-sponsored by the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco panel entitled "Allyship and the Legal Profession in 2021: A roundtable discussion with female law firm owners on how to support diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal industry." Panelists Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law, Valerie Fenchel of Fenchel Family Law, Amanda Conley of Brand and Branch, and Valerie Kushel of VGK Law discussed the statistical inequities in promotion between women of color attorneys, and how Asian and white female lawyers can be better allies to other women of color in law.
Lindsey S. Mignano, Luigi Congedo of Bootstrap Labs, Asif Moosani of Gradient Ventures, Owen Carlton of NowCFO, and John Mannes of Basis Set Ventures presented for NowCFO and TriNet in a co-sponsored panel entitled "Investing in AI: Financing Predictions and Landscape in 2020." Panelists discussed the current state of the industry for early-stage AI startup founders, including topics such as financing trends; what early-stage American VCs investing in early-stage AI companies are looking for in 2021; and strategies for raising, remotely, a pre-Seed (ex. $500K) v. Seed (ex. $1-4M) v. Series A ($5-20M+) round in 2021.