Corporate & Securities

White House officials outlined President Donald Trump’s tax plan Wednesday, a proposal Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is calling “the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of this country.”  Mnuchin stated the goal of the plan is to create jobs and...

Federal law generally requires an individual to register as a broker-dealer before engaging in the business of effecting tra nsactions in securities. There is currently a narrow exemption for an individual who merely introduces a potential purchaser to an issuer in exchange for a finder’s...

Facebook is the latest company suffering from a large verdict due to an intellectual property claim. Now Facebook is facing the prospect of paying a judgment to the plaintiffs of $500 million. This is a huge sum to pay, and it is rare for a...

Jack Ma, CEO of the Alibaba Group, recently met with President Trump to discuss the Chinese company's expansion plans in the United States.  Mr. Ma indicated the focus of the meeting was on supporting small U.S. businesses to sell their goods to China and Asia...

By their very nature, high risk investments are the most likely to provide opportunities for high returns. Private equity stakes in small businesses with strong growth potential can be especially rewarding. For this reason, seed accelerators like Y Combinator (YC) agree to provide seed funding...

The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) was enacted in 2010 to combat tax evasion by Americans using Swiss bank accounts and hiding other financial assets overseas. FATCA requires Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs), including banks, mutual funds, and hedge funds, to report information about American...

The New Year brings with it resolutions, football games, and of course, the implementation of new laws in California. In fact, California enacted 900 new laws for 2017, and one of those will increase costs for many businesses in the state. In Assembly Bill number...

In 2016, the California Fair Pay Act was enacted into law. It is one of the first of its kind to forbid employers from paying workers of different sexes less money for “substantially similar work,” as opposed to “equal work,” making it more difficult to...

Sweat equity is the term used to refer to an employee’s labor that is invested into an asset as opposed to equity bought with capital. Ideally, it would be fair for all employees whose sweat equity increases the value of a private company to share...

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