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Representing the Start-Up Venture

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time


In-Person Program Sold-Out!

Registrations Still Available for Simultaneous Live Webcast!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | New York City | PC: 0DS64 *IN-PERSON SOLD OUT*
Wyndham New Yorker Hotel | 481 Eighth Avenue @ 34th Street | New York, NY 10001
9:00am until 5:00pm
Live Webcast Option is Available!*
* Note: Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) cannot receive New York MCLE credit through Webcast option.
 7.0 TOTAL CREDITS: 4.0 Professional Practice, 2.0 Skills, 1.0 Ethics
NYSBA Business Law Section
NYSBA Committee on Continuing Legal Education
Program Co-Chairs
Maureen Crush, Partner, de Ramon Crush P.C., Fishkill, NY
Cliff Ennico, Principal, The Law Offices of Clifford R. Ennico, CT
Technically, any new business is a “start-up,” regardless of what it does. But there are significant differences between a “small business” that is engaged in a basic retail or service business operated by its founders, and a “venture start-up” backed by outside investors that is engaged in a manufacturing, high technology or media business. One of the most common mistakes business attorneys make is to confuse the two, assuming that what works for an antiques store will also work for an e-commerce website.
This program focuses on representing the venture startup and dealing with the often complicated legal, tax, financial and ethical issues involved in working with fast-growing enterprises run by time-challenged entrepreneurs and backed by professional investors. Program topics include:
• choosing the right legal entity for different businesses;
• drafting shareholder and operating agreements;
• the right way to draft “buy-sell” agreements for different ownership structures;
• using preferred equity instruments in a limited liability company (LLC);
• putting money into, and taking money out of, an LLC in a tax wise manner;
• working with your client's accountant or tax advisor;
• structuring employee relationships in a start-up venture; 
• “friends and family” offerings of securities;
• raising capital via equity crowd funding; and
• “cutting edge” ethical issues that are unique to the start-up environment.
Corporate Counsel. Business Attorneys. General Counsel, and Any Attorney who may work with or represent a start-up venture business.
Joel Greenwald, Managing Partner, Greenwald Doherty LLP, New York, NY
Peter Gregory, Managing Director, BrightGarden Strategies, NY
Russell Abrahms, CPA, Fairfield,CT
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.           Welcome and Introduction
9:10 – 10:00 a.m.         Choosing the Right Legal Entity for a Start-up Business
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.       Corporate Shareholders’ Agreements and LLC Operating 
10:50 – 11:00 a.m.       Break
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.       The Finer Points of “Buy-Sell” Agreements for LLCs and
12:00 – 1:20 p.m.         Lunch (on your own)
1:20 – 2:20 pm             Tax Issues for Start-up Ventures
2:20 – 3:10 p.m.           Financing the Start-up Business
3:10 – 3:20 p.m.           Break
3:20 – 4:10 p.m.           Employment Law Issues for Start-up Businesses
4:10 – 5:00 p.m.           Ethical Considerations for the Small Business/Start-up Lawyer: 
                                      A Practical Approach
ELECTRONIC COURSE MATERIALS: NYSBA distributes all program materials exclusively online in searchable PDF format. Traditional printed course books can be ordered at the program site for a discounted price and will be shipped subsequent to the program date.
Register Today!
NYSBA Members: $175
Non Members: $275
Note: Registration fees increase ten days prior to the program date.


Registration: 8:30 a.m. Program: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This course has been approved for all attorneys, including those who are newly admitted (less than twenty-four months). Newly admitted attorneys must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.
Wyndham New Yorker Hotel
481 Eighth Avenue @ 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
Online Registration has closed, to register please contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452