Smith Shapourian Mignano PC is a women- and minority-owned boutique law firm in San Francisco, representing startups and small businesses. 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 clients include growth-stage tech and cannabis entrepreneurs who are forming and scaling their companies; traditional small businesses, micro-funds, and professional services firms who seek to form, buy, sell, merge or dissolve; and businesses or founders involved in disputes with their former companies, employees, partners, investors, service providers, or customers.
July 22, 2021 - 10 am PST - "Financing and Scaling Your Startup in 2021: Tips from Women in VC" for PuzzleHR
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 will moderate 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 is hosted by co-panelist Rich Gettings of PuzzleHR. Panelists will discuss 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.
July 26, 2021 - 6 - 7:30 pm PST - "Law & Order: Fundraising Law & Financing Trends" for FemTech Collective
Lindsey S. Mignano and Australian lawyer, Courtney Bowie of Her Lawyer, will discuss various options for fundraising, how to raise a Seed or Series A investment, and current financing trends in the States and Australia.
July 29, 2021 - 10 - 11:30 am PST - "Executing a Flip Transaction: Bringing a Foreign Startup Into the U.S. Investment Market" for Strafford
Lindsey S. Mignano and Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law will discuss 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 panel will discuss the pros and cons of flip transactions, upfront tax, IP and contractual concerns, and how they are structured and documented. The panel will also discuss immigration issues that will need to be resolved for personnel relocating to the U.S.
August 26, 2021 - 9 - 10 am PST - "Got Money, Now What?: How to Scale and Build Out Startup Teams After a Financing Event"
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 grow and scale their teams. Lindsey S. Mignano, Francesca Puccinelli of Carta, Rebekah Willetts of ADP, Robert Ravanshenas of Maven Ventures, and Glenn Gow the CEO "Therapist" will host an informative panel discussing 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.