Rank #1: Top Legal Mistakes a Startup Can’t Afford to Make
This episode of Thomson Reuters Down the Hall with Practical Law features Practical Law Startup & Venture Capital Senior Legal Editor Joe Green discussing common legal mistakes made by startup companies. Joe talks about his background working with tech startups and his current role creating legal know-how for practitioners advising startup companies. After setting the stage by defining what he considers a "startup," he provides insights into why many startup companies fail. Joe covers what startups can do if a co-founder decides to leave early on and the benefits and potential pitfalls of providing equity compensation to employees. He closes the interview with his list of the three things that anyone representing startups should know and the best piece of advice that he’s ever been given.
Oct 05 2016
Rank #2: Competitor Communications: Navigating the Gray Areas
Trade associations, competitive research, HR activities . . . outside of the expected dangers in the merger and joint venture context, regular business dealings involving information about competitor activities are rife with potential for antitrust violations. And the “rule of reason” approach taken by the FTC and DOJ can sometimes complicate, rather than clarify, appropriate conduct. In this episode of Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law, Antitrust Service Head Janelle Wrigley discusses how to safely navigate the gray areas relating to interacting with competitors and gathering competitive information.
Nov 16 2016
Rank #3: Representing Vulnerable Investors
Elderly investors or those with a mental or physical disability may be unable to make sound financial decisions on their own and are more vulnerable to exploitation. In this episode of Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law, host Haile Arrindell talks to Kelly Brennan about the new laws and regulations that empower financial institutions to act when they suspect financial exploitation of elderly or otherwise impaired investors. They discuss what this new legal framework looks like and what they require from financial professionals. They also share how financial professionals can recognize which investors have a diminished capacity to make important monetary decisions.
Kelly Brennan is an experienced JD offering 17 years of experience in investigations, regulation, regulatory relations, risk management, and compliance in the financial services industry.
Aug 16 2018
Rank #4: Introducing Practical Law The Journal
Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law The Journal earned its circulation of approximately 95,000 by providing valuable insight on the latest legal trends and law practice management to firms of all sizes. In this episode of Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law, host Haile Arrindell talks to Meagan Crowley Hsu about what readers can expect to see in the current issue of Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law, The Journal: Litigation. They discuss the featured articles about trademark litigation and data security and delve into their favorite recurring sections that cover topics like ediscovery.
Meagan Crowley-Hsu is the deputy editor of Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law The Journal: Litigation.
Jul 16 2018
Rank #5: The Balancing Act of Real Estate Joint Ventures
Real estate law can involve a lot of moving parts that are complicated to maintain. In this episode of Thomson Reuters: Down the Hall with Practical Law, host Craig Vaughn along with guests Jill Blumberg, Brenda Cooper, and Lori Smith speak as real estate attorneys about the complexities of drafting joint venture agreements and balancing the needs of both investors and developers. They also discuss the different aspects of being a real estate attorney in a joint venture transaction and the art of juggling various disciplines for this type of project.
Jill Blumberg joined Practical Law from Hunton & Williams LLP, where she was a senior attorney in the real estate department focusing on commercial real estate matters. Previously, she was an in-house attorney and the Head of Equity Closings at New York Life Investments. Jill’s practice focused primarily on acquisitions, sales and development of large investment properties and she has in-depth experience structuring and drafting complex real estate joint ventures.
Brenda Cooper joined Practical Law from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, where she was assistant general counsel in the Real Estate Unit of the Investments Department. Brenda was responsible for managing some of its largest real estate joint venture relationships as well as handling sophisticated debt and equity real estate transactions.
Lori Smith joined Practical Law from Andrews Kurth LLP, where she was a partner in the business transactions group. Lori handled many real estate joint ventures, representing developers and investors (as well as lenders) in structuring and documenting deals for multi-family, mixed-use, and assisted living projects.
Aug 30 2017