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    3 Minutes or Less: Perspectives on Startup Success
    Authors: Mike Sullivan
    Partner Mike Sullivan, based in Pillsbury’s San Francisco office, has shepherded hundreds of emerging growth companies through venture capital financings and more than 50 through public offerings. In these concise briefings, he takes on four key issues that entrepreneurs commonly contend with in the early days of their startup efforts:
    • Making choices about funding – when to use convertible notes, and when to use preferred stock
    • Avoiding common mistakes co-founders make regarding allocation of equity
    • Deciding on the jurisdiction where the company will be formed
    • Choosing the right founding team for a new venture

    The SEC Adopts Transaction Requirements that Preserve Form S-3 Eligibility for Most Issuers
    Authors: David S. Baxter, Jeffrey J. Delaney, Todd W. Eckland, Kimberly E. Moritz
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has eliminated the use of investment grade credit ratings as a transaction requirement for short-form registration of securities, instead creating alternative transaction requirements that preserve the use of Form S-3 for most companies that previously relied on their investment grade credit ratings.

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