To take advantage of the robust financing environment, foreign early stage startups having raised limited Seed financing abroad, may consider flipping their companies and raising more significant Series Seed or A rounds here in the US. How can corporate counsel best support these startups? Lindsey S. Mignano and Jason Crain presented on the state of venture financing in 2022, how to flip foreign entities to procure venture financing, and how to help a company, foreign or American, raise a Series Seed or Series A round here in the US in a panel entitled "Doing Business in the US: Flipping in Preparation for VC Financing in the US" for KiwiTech.
Teela Smith judged the Aquillius Pitchday Competition. Aquillius teams developed a solution to a real-world problem. They took a concept from the drawing board, through prototyping, proof of concept, and developed a go-to-market strategy in just under 10 weeks.
Historically, corporations have used corporate social responsibility programs to tackle heavy issues such as gender discrimination and racism. Jason Crain spoke alongside Kevin Benedicto of Morgan Lewis Bockius, Bao Vu of Stoel Rives, Al Brooks of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Kate Mortensen of iPondr on a panel entitled "The State of Corporate Racial Justice Initiatives: Analyses and Conclusions Two Years After George Floyd" for The Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Panelists spoke regarding the state of corporate social responsibility programs, and what in-house lawyers and the law firms that serve them can do to effectuate true change in recruiting, retaining, and promoting diverse individuals.
SSM and Deloitte were honored to cosponsor the Next Play Capital #womeninventure x San Francisco 49ers #vip experience.
Jason D. Crain and Lindsey S. Mignano joined panelists Jonathan Chan of WSGR, Michael Fluhr of DLA Piper, Mark Janoff of Orrick, and Peter Roldan of Emergent Legal to discuss the many legal issues that can arise with NFTs, including compliance with securities law, anti-money laundering and other financial regulatory issues, unique considerations of IP protection, licensing, monitoring and enforcement in a panel event entitled "Non-Fungible Tokens ("NFT") 101 Tokens - A Primer on Spotting Legal Issues" for The Business Commercial and Bankruptcy Section of the Barristers Club and The Business Law Section of the SF Bar Association.