WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Start-up founders, other entrepreneurs and their counsel.
(Approved by the Washington State Bar Association for 6.5 general credits.)
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: A full day of practical advice for building your company on a solid legal and regulatory foundation and raising funds successfully and legally. Prevent common missteps that distract management, harm value and drive away investors.
In this engaging day-long course you’ll learn how to:
* Pick the right business structure and domicile.
* Meet basic licensing, registration and tax requirements.
* Establish appropriate governance practices.
* Identify and protect critical intellectual property.
* Structure and manage key relationships with co-founders, investors, employees and other stake holders.
* Negotiate better contracts with partners, suppliers and customers.
* Develop a successful financing strategy from seed round to C round.
* Understand and competently negotiate VC term sheets, plus other advice for successful fundraising.
* Organize and manage a data room to support financings and M&A.
* Identify and meet key regulatory requirements.
* Prevent, manage and resolve commercial disputes and other conflicts.
Complimentary coffee, tea, light lunch and light snacks provided. Attendees can have lunch on their own or join the Program Presenter and other attendees for lunch to network and continue discussions of interest.
PROGRAM PRESENTER: Paul Swegle is well known in Seattle’s startup and VC communities.
* Currently General Counsel to Observa, Gyld, Newyu and Payment Gear.
* Formerly General Counsel to ShareBuilder, Numera, ZenBanx and Venuelabs.
* Financings and M&A transactions totaling $11 billion.
* Served in the SEC’s Divisions of Enforcement and Corporation Finance.
* Former Special Assistant United States Attorney.
* Chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Washington State Bar Association.
* Innovation and Technology Law Advisory Board Member, Seattle University School of Law.
* 2012 Corporate Counsel of the Year – Puget Sound Business Journal.
* Industry and regulatory experience in financial services, e-commerce, SaaS, social media marketing, social economy, health and medical devices, natural resources and manufacturing.
* Frequent speaker and writer on wide-ranging topics, including working with startups, preparing for a business financing or sale, fixing and preventing problems in the board room, business fundraising and securities law, drafting and negotiating contracts, corporate governance, working with outside auditors, protecting intellectual property and legal ethics.
8:30 a.m. Check-in & Registration
8:55 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
9:00 a.m. Entity Structure and Domicile
9:30 a.m. Business Licensing, Registration and Tax
10:00 a.m. Governance and Reporting
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Identifying and Protecting Intellectual Property
11:30 a.m. Structuring and Managing Key Relationships
Noon: Lunch Break (Complimentary sandwich platter/networking lunch or lunch on your own.)
1:00 p.m. Negotiating and Drafting Contracts
2:00 p.m. Break
2:10 p.m. Negotiating and Drafting Contracts – Continued
3:00 p.m. Break
3:10 p.m. Fundraising Fundamentals
4:10 p.m. Identifying and Meeting Regulatory Requirements
4:35 p.m. Preventing and Managing Disputes
5:00 p.m. Dismissal/Evaluations