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Mar 12, 2019

Guard Your Data Wisely: How Four Letters Are Changing Everything in Tech

Does your small to mid-size enterprise or start-up company handle the personal information of European Union (“EU”) citizens? Do you have plans to expand your business to handle a wider range of customer personal information in the future? Listen up, because missteps in complying with data privacy laws have huge consequences.» Read More

Mar 08, 2019

Broker/Dealer Research Reports – Mutual Funds, ETFs, and Business Development Companies

Congress passed the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017 directing the SEC to adopt a rule that would provide a comparable safe harbor for the publication of research reports on “covered investment funds” by unaffiliated broker/dealers so long as certain conditions are met. » Read More

Dec 11, 2018

The Expanding Scope of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

In 1975, President Gerald Ford, by Executive Order, created an interagency committee, the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (“CFIUS”), to review national security implications of investments by foreigners in U.S. businesses.  CFIUS is chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury.» Read More

Nov 29, 2018

Potential Tax Break on Qualified Business Income of Non-Corporate Taxpayers

Beginning in 2018, the new section 199A of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, provides for a potential tax break on qualified business income of non-corporate taxpayers. This new section requires that the qualified business be effectively connected with the conduct of a trade or business within the United States.» Read More

Sep 21, 2018

Non-Disclosure Agreements

Whether you are selling your business, bringing on an investor, hiring an outsourcing provider, or making some other commercial arrangement, you must think about protecting your business’ confidential information. One way to do this is with a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Before you speak with someone outside of your company about a possible business relationship, having them sign an NDA will help prevent them from disclosing or using your information, while also permitting you to speak freely with them.» Read More

Sep 04, 2018

To Do Due Diligence: It’s Not Just for Mergers & Acquisitions

Legal due diligence is most often discussed in the context of merger and acquisition transactions.  This makes sense; when a person or business seeks to purchase another business entity, it is prudent to know exactly what is being purchased.  However, due diligence is often overlooked in other, less obvious, contexts.» Read More

Aug 22, 2018

Texting Remains a Powerful but Perilous Marketing Tool

Hardly a week goes by without news of yet another company being tripped up by the provisions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, or TCPA.  For many years, the eye-popping damage awards and settlements were in the context of “junk faxing,” i.e., fax blasts of advertisements that failed to comply with the Junk Fax Prevention Act, an amendment to the TCPA passed in 2005, and the related rules adopted the following year by the Federal Communications Commission.» Read More

Aug 14, 2018

Single Member LLCs – Best Practices for Maintaining Liability Protection

In Pennsylvania, forming a corporate entity for your business (particularly an LLC) is a good first step in liability protection for business owners, but it is only the first step.  Once your LLC has been formed, you must take certain actions (and avoid certain others) to maintain a separate existence between yourself and your entity to ensure maximum liability protection.» Read More