Posts Tagged ‘Form D’
Convertible Note Seed Financings: Founders Beware!by Scott Edward Walker on May 15th, 2012
This post is the third part of a three-part primer on convertible note seed financings. Part 1, entitled “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Convertible Note Seed Financings (But Were Afraid To Ask),” addressed the basics. Part 2, entitled “Convertible Note Seed Financings: Econ 101 for Founders,” addressed the economics. This part will address certain tricky issues.
[This post was originally published on TechCrunch.]
Fundraising 101: Checklist for Entrepreneursby Scott Edward Walker on May 9th, 2012
I’ve been a corporate lawyer for 18+ years, and there are certain fundamental mistakes that I’ve seen entrepreneurs repeatedly make in connection with fundraising. Accordingly, I thought it would be helpful to provide a simple checklist tailored to first-time entrepreneurs. I’ve also included links to prior posts for a detailed discussion.
Raising Capital? 3 Tips for Entrepreneursby Scott Edward Walker on June 30th, 2011
I’ve been helping entrepreneurs raise capital as a securities lawyer for 17+ years, and there are certain fundamental legal mistakes that I’ve seen entrepreneurs make over and over again. Accordingly, I thought it would be helpful to share three basic tips for entrepreneurs in connection with raising capital. (Note: this post was originally published on The Huffington Post.)
“Ask the Business Attorney” – Will the New Financial Reform Bill Destroy Angel Investing?by Scott Edward Walker on July 21st, 2010
This post was originally part of my “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat. Below is a longer, more comprehensive version. Please shoot me any questions you may have in the comments section – or feel free to call me directly at 415-979-9998. Many thanks, Scott
“Ask the Business Attorney” – What Are the Biggest Legal Mistakes Startups Make Raising Capital?by Scott Edward Walker on July 7th, 2010
This post was originally part of my “Ask the Attorney” series which I am writing for VentureBeat; below is a longer, more comprehensive version. I know this stuff tends to be very technical (and perhaps boring), but it is nevertheless critical that entrepreneurs have a basic understanding of the securities laws.
“Ask the Attorney” – Securities Lawsby Scott Edward Walker on January 12th, 2010
This post is part of a new series entitled “Ask the Attorney,” which I am writing for VentureBeat (one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs). As the VentureBeat Editor notes on the site: “Ask the Attorney is a new VentureBeat feature allowing start-up owners to get answers to their legal questions.”
The goal here is two-fold: (i) to encourage entrepreneurs to ask law-related questions regardless of how basic they may be; and (ii) to provide helpful responses in plain english (as opposed to legalese).
Sec Form D And Related Securities Laws: Q&A For Entrepreneursby Scott Edward Walker on November 3rd, 2009
As I mentioned in a recent post, one of things that surprised me when I moved to Southern California from New York City in 2005 was the lack of sophistication of some of the players in the so-called “middle market.” Indeed, I was particularly surprised to see so many investment bankers and other intermediaries running around and raising capital for private companies without being registered as a “broker-dealer” with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). As I have previously discussed (see mistake #4 here ), this is a huge potential problem for the issuer, particularly in light of the recent changes to SEC Form D. Accordingly, I thought it would be helpful to entrepreneurs to provide them with a basic understanding of the new, revised Form D and related securities laws via a question-and-answer format. (more…)