The Venture Alley

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What are they?

A letter agreement between a portfolio company and an investing venture capital fund which provides the venture capital fund with certain “management rights” that allow it to substantially participate in, or substantially influence the conduct of, the management of the portfolio company.

Why are they important?

A management rights letter is critical

Article prepared by and republished courtesy of our colleagues Stephen Taeusch, Daniel Turinsky, and Carsten Reichel; originally published here: https://www.dlapiper.com/en/insights/publications/2024/01/what-to-know-about-noncompete-agreements-in-2024

As we head into 2024, employers can expect more risk related to the use of restrictive covenants at both the federal and state level. From the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) anticipated final rule

Article prepared by and republished courtesy of our colleagues Richard Marks, Kevin Criddle, Curtis Mo, and Jeffrey Lehrer; originally published here: https://www.dlapiper.com/en/insights/publications/2023/03/applying-the-lessons-of-the-svb-and-signature-bank-failures

The failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank sent many companies into credit and liquidity crises. With the most pressing short-term impacts now stabilized, corporate boards and management should

Article prepared by and republished courtesy of our colleagues Jeffrey Hare, Margo Tank, Christopher Steelman, David Whitaker, and Adam Dubin; originally published here: https://www.dlapiper.com/en-us/insights/publications/2023/03/takeaways-from-the-silicon-valley-bank-and-signature-bank-receiverships

On Friday, March 10, 2023, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) was closed by its chartering regulator, the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, and the Federal Deposit

Article prepared by and republished courtesy of our colleague Brooke Goodlett; originally published here: https://www.dlapiperaccelerate.com/knowledge/2020/texas-cracks-down-on-cryptocurrency-fraud.html 

Texas continues to be a leader in the United States when it comes to cracking down on fraudulent cryptocurrency offerings, and the novel COVID-19 virus has not curtailed these efforts. In 2017, the Texas State Securities Board (the TSSB)

Article prepared by and republished courtesy of our colleagues Christine Daya, Thomas M DeButts, Danish Hamid, Sarah E. Kahn, Richard Newcomb, Ignacio E. Sanchez, Lawrence E. Levinson and Dana Zelman; originally published here: https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/insights/publications/2020/01/new-regulations-reinforce-cfius-expanded-role/.

On January 13, 2020, the US Department of the Treasury released two sets of

From our colleagues William H. Hoffman and Cisco Palao-Ricketts

Due to high competition to attract employee talent and to improve employee recruiting and morale, several private companies in the technology sector have recently altered typical stock option terms to extend the exercise period of vested stock options following termination of employment.

This new trend carries