Startup Essentials: A Three-Part Webinar Series

February 11, 2016

Why do so many startup businesses fail? Startup founders focused on creating, developing, and marketing their business may not prioritize complying with the panoply of laws governing various aspects of their business. Learn the key legal steps early-stage startups should take – and those they can’t afford not to – during the Practical Law free three-part webinar series on “Startup Essentials.”  The webinars will cover corporate formation, seed financings, equity compensation, employee benefits and labor and employment risks and compliance. Each webinar will begin at 1:00pm ET and last for 75 minutes.


Session 1: Structuring Equity Compensation Wisely
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:15 pm ET

Equity compensation can be particularly useful to a startup company, which may not have the cash necessary to adequately attract, retain and motivate employees with market-rate salaries. In certain industries, it is standard practice for a startup to include equity as a part of every employee’s compensation package. Learn how a startup can make the best use of an equity compensation program, by understanding the legal implications, tax consequences and accounting treatment of granting each common type of equity award.

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Session 2: Avoiding Common Employment Law and HR Pitfalls
Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:15 pm ET

Startup founders focused on financing, developing, and marketing their business may not prioritize complying with various federal, state, and local employment laws. However, as an early-stage startup grows and hires more staff, non-compliance with these laws can pose substantial legal risks. Learn how to avoid potentially devastating liability and reputational damage, and create a plan for identifying and managing employment and human resources-related issues.

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Session 3: Key Formation and Seed Financing Considerations
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 – 2:15 pm ET

Counsel to early-stage startup companies have to help founders strike the right balance between their need to form the company and raise seed capital quickly and cost-effectively and the need to avoid pitfalls that can lead to costly, intractable problems down the road. Learn how to guide startups through these critical steps.

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For all webinars listed above, CLE credit is offered in the following states for viewing the live webinar. More information regarding CLE credit will be explained during each live webinar.

CLE credit is available for: Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont.

CLE credit is being sought for: Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington.

CLE credit can be self-applied for: Florida.

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