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SEC Relaxes Federal Proxy Rules for Annual Meetings

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued an order granting certain companies relief from complying with some federal proxy rules for annual meetings in light of health, transportation and other logistical issues raised by the spread of COVID-19.

Under Section 12 of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, when issuers solicit proxies from their shareholders, they are required to follow the proxy rules, including delivery of proxy materials (e.g., proxy statements and proxy cards). The SEC’s order allows all issuers to change the date, time and location of their annual meetings without having to strictly comply with applicable delivery requirements. (Read More)

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5 Key Considerations When Starting Your Cannabusiness

The estimate is staggering: $30,000,000,000. That’s a lot of zeros and a forecast of annual legal cannabis sales by 2025—this as more and more states legalize marijuana for medical or recreational use. No question, the cannabis business is booming, which is something of a given. Less obvious is what you, as a budding cannabusiness entrepreneur, should consider in making cannabis your business. Toward that end, there’s a broad range of issues to think about. (Read More)

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New California Law Seeks to Close the Corporate Gender Gap, But Is It Constitutional?

Think of California and you’re likely to conjure up images of palm trees, movie stars, surfers, the Golden Gate Bridge and maybe even In N Out Burger. But what the Golden State is perhaps best known for is its progressivism. Time and again, causes that take root in California are often precedential, which explains the adage: as California goes, so goes the nation.

Enter Senate Bill 826. Recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown, the law requires publicly held, California corporations to have in place at least one female board member. These companies have until December 31, 2019 to comply, and then in 2021, additional measures kick in – when boards with five or more seats will be required to include at least two female directors. The failure of corporations to abide by the new rule comes with a notable price tag – fines from $100,000 to $300,000 can be imposed. (Read More)

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Mind If I Take a Seat: Shareholder vs. Board Votes in Venture Capital Transactions

Seats on a board of directors are, no doubt, coveted. In fact, when investing venture capital into a company through an equity financing, VC investors often negotiate to receive one or more board seats for themselves or their designees. Additionally, these investors frequently require that specified matters not be pursued by the company without board approval (including approval by the VC’s board designees). To a large degree, angling for a board presence and mandating board approval makes sense to the extent doing so grants the VC investors a greater level of control and serves to protect their investment. But to what degree should important business decisions be taken, by default, at the board level? And when might it be a better practice to put certain company actions to a shareholder vote? (Read More)

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M&R Expands Breadth of Expertise with Crowdfunding Practice

Crowdfunding is the practice of raising monetary contributions for a business or venture from a large number of investors via the Internet. Since 2010, crowdfunding has experienced explosive growth, and become a $5 billion industry. $5 billion industry and are gaining investor acceptance—offering developers and owners a new way to finance projects, and start-up entrepreneurs an inexpensive way to raise capital. (Read more)