Lindsey S. Mignano and Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law discussed best practices for foreign founders to immigrate to the US, as well as how foreign founders can flip their companies for venture financing or create subsidiaries for expansion purposes.
Early stage founders face a number of questions at the beginning of the startup journey. For example, how do foreign founders immigrate to the US to expand their businesses, how should founders approach incorporation and issuance of equity to the founding team and early stage hires or advisors, and how do founders approach angel or venture financing in the US? Lindsey S. Mignano discussed how early stage founders can incorporate their US entities, fundraise from angels and venture capital firms, and expand their footprint in the US.
Lindsey S. Mignano co-authored an article called "Transforming Law Firms' Diversity Intent into Real Progress" with Jacqueline Simonovich for Law360. The link is below.
The field of corporate law provided rich opportunities for lawyers to interact with emerging and growth companies, venture capital funds, corporate venture capital clients, and private equity clients. Lawyers generally assist companies with a full range of “legal services,” including formation, flips, and financings, mergers & acquisitions, licensing deals, commercial contracts, executive compensation, labor & employment, and corporate governance. Neda Shapourian spoke on the panel with Danny Lopez of Orrick, William Newsom of Cooley, Eric Hsu of Wilson Sonsini, and Angela Kwok of AmyriAD Pharma, Inc. regarding what practitioners from law firms and corporations do on a day-to-day basis, and their perspectives on hiring. Matthew Lewis of Morgan Lewis Bockius moderated.
Lindsey S. Mignano and other attorneys from the Bar Association of San Francisco Solo and Small Firm section joined a panel discussion that covered their pathways to practice, how to thrive in a small to midsize firm, build a client base and understand the business of law.
Angela Lyons-Justus spoke on a panel with Rita Astoor of Carta, Courtney Buie Lipkin of Susa Ventures, and Erika Kramer of How Women Invest regarding fund formation and top tips for venture capital investors in 2022. Ms. Astoor from Carta discussed fund formation considerations, and Ms. Lyons-Justus discussed deploying venture capital, including different types of investment documents and terms, voting rights, preferred stock, etc., from the perspective of investors. Ms. Lipkin and Ms. Kramer discussed various relationships between the fund and its limited partners, fund managers and portfolio companies. This event was co-hosted by First Republic Bank and TriNet.
California is one of the states with the most Fortune 500 companies, only second to New York. So why are so many California companies, especially technology companies, incorporated in Delaware? Delaware is a state with a mere population of 973,000 – which is smaller than each of California’s three largest cities! Do you ever wonder why so many companies, not just from California, but from all over the world, incorporate in Delaware? Lindsey S. Mignano discussed why Delaware is home to many companies, including technology companies, and how companies can incorporate in Delaware but headquarter in California, in a presentation entitled "Why do so many companies incorporate in Delaware? The Case of Technology Companies in Particular" for the San Francisco Legal Professionals Association.
According to the American Bar Association’s Winter 2020 report, “[t]he legal profession is generally perceived as lagging behind other professions and industries in the area of diversity and inclusion (D&I). Although there are many notable exceptions, women and minorities are often under-represented at law firms and in-house law departments, particularly in leadership positions. They also often receive lower compensation than non-diverse attorneys and are excluded from, or overlooked for, other important law firm and law department roles, opportunities, and benefits.” Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel
entitled "How to Craft DEI Policies: The Role of Written DEI Policies in Recruiting, Retaining, and Advancing the Equity of Women and/or Minorities in Law Firms" for the Bar Association of San Francisco, featuring panelists Terrance Evans of Duane Morris, David Nied of Ad Astra Law Group, Cristina Piechocki of Littler Mendelson, and Vidhya Prabhakaran of Davis Wright Tremaine. Panelists discussed how law firms can implement non-performative, impactful written DEI policies so that more women and/or minorities become equity partners in law firms.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel entitled "Moving Beyond Performative Diversity: Effecting Organizational Change" for the Bar Association of San Francisco comprised of Michael Coston of Coston Consulting, Colin Vandell of Venable, and Rachel Wilson Patterson, Manager, MTN Programming & Diverse Talent of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Panelists discussed how to move beyond “performative” diversity to achieve meaningful organizational change at the Barristers Diversity Conference. Smith Shapourian Mignano PC was a proud sponsor of the Barristers Diversity Conference and proud to be recognized as one of the law firms and companies that have demonstrated an authentic commitment to diversity, and have made significant efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in their organizations.
Lindsey S. Mignano moderated a panel called "Opening the Door: How Women Lawyers are Uniquely Positioned to Further Racial Justice" for the Bar Association of San Francisco. The panel was comprised of Chambord Benton-Hayes of Benton Employment Law Group, Mary McNamara of Swanson McNamara, Peggy Otum of Wilmer Hale, and Erica Costa of Berkeley Williams. Panelists discussed the hurdles, hassles, and heartaches of achieving long-term legal careers for women of color, and recommendations for change.