Angela Lyons-Justus spoke on a panel comprised of Jonathan Goldworthy of Bird & Bird and Kiki Stannard of Zedra regarding why some foreign companies may set up subsidiaries versus flip when coming to the United States; what American companies need to know when expanding or hiring abroad in Europe and Asia in terms of employment, immigration, and intellectual property protection; tax ramifications of cross-border operations; and when setting up a PEO is advisable or not.
The panel examined the formation and structuring of VC funds and discussed the various relationships between the fund and its limited partners, fund managers, and portfolio companies. The panel also discussed different ways to approach deploying venture capital and investment documents and terms, including voting rights, preferred stock, and more. Angela Lyons-Justus spoke on the panel with co-panelist Rita Astoor of Carta.
It’s well-documented that attorneys have higher rates of depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges than most professions. Yet it remains a difficult topic to talk openly about – perhaps due to a reluctance to admit we need help. Jason Crain, Julia Clayton of The Lawyers Depression Project, and Lita Abella of the California State Bar spoke on a Barristers Wellness Committee panel, discussing how law firms can move the needle on mental wellbeing in the legal profession, including how to improve law firm culture and the resources available to attorneys to find and maintain emotional wellbeing.
Kelly Lawton-Abbott presented a panel entitled "Intellectual Property Considerations for Commercial and Tech Contracts" for King County Bar Association. This was an important CLE for corporate lawyers looking to issue spot IP transactional concerns, or IP lawyers looking to learn about the latest developments in transactional IP work and tech transactions.
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.