1. Experienced advisors Choose experienced advisors, including lawyers, auditors and financial consultants (if necessary), and get them involved early. Advisors who work routinely with the SEC and investment bankers – and each other – will help proactively identify key issues, expedite the transaction and avoid the pitfalls that can delay offerings, create disclosure issues and… Read more »

In 2017, Congress created the Opportunity Zone program to encourage investment in economically distressed parts of the United States. While the Opportunity Zone program is primarily focused on providing tax breaks for investors, emerging companies may be able to capitalize on the program as well. The Opportunity Zone program Opportunity Zones are census tracts that… Read more »

Five years ago, on July 1, 2014, we launched this site. And we’ve been amazed by what you have done with its tools. Since 2014, you have visited Cooley GO from more than 160 countries, generating 166,000+ document packets, including 30,000+ incorporation packages and 60,000+ financing-related packages. You’ve shared your stories with our community and… Read more »

What is an early exercisable stock option? An “early exercisable” stock option is like any other stock option awarded to an employee, consultant, director or other advisor, except that the holder may exercise the option before it has vested. For example, a stock option may vest over a four year period, provided that the optionholder… Read more »

Introduction One of the most important things that a company can do to maintain its value is to take thoughtful steps to protect its intellectual property, its “secret sauce,” so to speak, that sets the product or company apart and makes it valuable to consumers and investors.  There are four main types of protection for… Read more »