Key Legal Issues that Successful Business People Consider When Selling a Company

Education technology entrepreneurs and investors who have worked hard to build their company often look forward to selling the company as a means to “monetize” their ownership stake and achieve financial liquidity. While there are many critical times in a company’s life where value can be created or destroyed, the importance of the “end game” Read More …

Efficient Stock Certificate, Option Plan and Cap Table Management

Stock certificates are one of the nuisances of a corporate law practice – a low-value administrative burden that is borne every time shares need to be issued, transferred, repurchased, or sold in a stock sale or merger transaction. The cost of all this manual labor, not to mention postage and courier fees, is not insignificant. There Read More …

Business Negotiations: When the Whole is Less than the Sum of the Parts

It’s an axiom of business that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Through the magic of synergy, a company can often create value by combining two or more things (e.g., businesses, products, marketing ideas) that interact positively and result in more than a purely additive outcome. The same result can often Read More …

A Real Switch to the Virtual World

Last August, I left a great law firm, Dorsey & Whitney, for another great but very different law firm, VLP Law Group. I remain close with Dorsey and would not hesitate to recommend its services (and frequently do). So why did I join VLP? VLP has at least three notable traits: flexibility, quality and value. Flexibility:  like Read More …

AEP Legal Corner – Independent Contractor or Employer: Getting It Right Is More Important Now Than Ever Before

by Gary M. Gansle, partner in Dorsey & Whitney’s Labor and Employment practice For far too long, employers have taken a laissez-faire approach to classifying workers as independent contractors in order to help control costs, streamline their organizations, and honor the stated preferences of their workers. However, the cost associated with being undisciplined and incorrect Read More …