From the Editor: Noreen Weiss
Publications and Communications Officer’s Note, December 2018
LPD Showcase: Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) - technology meets finance
Over the past three years, technology-based companies have introduced a new means of funding. By selling cryptocurrency companies have raised significant amounts of funding in a currently unregulated territory. ICOs present new issues and challenges relating to buying and selling technology-based currency, disclosure, regulation, money laundering, payment systems and fraud prevention. The session brings together experts in technology, banking, capital markets and investment funds, as well as founders of companies who have succeeded in these fundraisings and regulators.
Equity incentive packages cross-border: structures and strategies
A report on the lively session on equity incentives for entrepreneurs and other key personnel cross-border as to key plan and grant drafting, and tax considerations, as well as available alternatives to maximise the client’s employee retention and other goals.
Impact/social benefit investing: preserving the mission through corporate changes
This lively panel reviewed the latest trends in companies and investment funds striving to become and remain good corporate citizens, and the challenges of concretely measuring social/environmental/community impact. The panellists and audience discussed how to ensure these corporate goals survive significant events in a company’s evolution.
From the Editor: Noreen Weiss
Publications and Communications Officer’s Note, July 2018
Demystifying initial coin offerings and the application of US securities laws to token offerings
The explosion of coin, or token, offerings in initial coin offerings (ICOs) globally over the last 18 months represents an unprecedented paradigm shift in the manner in which companies raise money, disrupting venture capital as well as other private and public capital markets. This article examines cryptocurrencies in the context of US securities law and takes an in-depth look at how they touch many layers of potential regulation and what this means
Convertible notes for Indian startups: policy relaxation to boost startup funding in India
‘Ease of doing business in India’ and nurturing the growth of startups in India has been the focus of various reformative measures brought about in the past few years. The thrust has been to make India an attractive investment destination for foreign investors and a global startup powerhouse to reckon with. A key feature has been to boost fundraising options for home-grown startups by permitting startups to raise funds through issuance of convertible notes
Keynote address: digitise or die
In his address Philipp Depiereux, founder and managing director of etventure, expressed how digitisation is profoundly changing existing economic patterns, regardless of industry. He explained that digital transformation should be a high priority topic for CEOs and all companies should start today
Keynote debate: extinction vs evolution
The debate opened with Nokia and the different speakers identified some of the key aspect of the rise and fall of the company to explain, in their opinion, the essential instruments for success in business, and how these have changed over the years
Disruptive financing models and terms
This session sought to explore the challenges and trends in financing models and understand how companies can best finance their growth, through equity or debt, in an innovative format in order to meet the client's needs
Initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrencies
Discussion focused on the risks and opportunities associated with crypto assets and how traditional markets handle this challenge. Participants' knowledge of ICOs and cryptocurrencies varied from expert to strong interest in
Digitalisation of industrial production
The chairs let a very interesting discussion around the various aspects of digitalisation of industrial production. Three industry speakers represented a variety of market players in the production world and could therefore provide an overview on the status and challenges faced by them
Impacts of digitalisation on the workforce: employer expectations, skill required, data protection and improvements
Disruptive trends are reinventing the workplace of the future. The speakers two main questions: Can organisations foster the required agility and intrapreneurship within the current regulatory environment? What are the answers of trade union and employee representatives in Germany to the challenges of digitalisation for employees?
Photos from the 4th IBA Global Entrepreneurship Conference in Munich
A selection of photos from the 4th IBA Global Entrepreneurship Conference in Munich
From the Editor: Noreen Weiss
Publications and Communications Officer’s Note, March 2018
When investors and founders collide – preventing and resolving disagreements in good times and in times of financial crisis, March 2018
Through different scenarios in the lifecycle of an investment, the panellists considered the development of a relationship between a company’s founders and its investors
Disruption: lawyers advising disruptive companies while disruptors change the legal industry, March 2018
Panellists exchanged their views in addressing the many-sided topic of the role of lawyers advising disruptive companies while disruptors change the legal industry
Emerging trends in crowdfunding regulation and transactions, March 2018
Panellists discussed the increased popularity of crowdfunding as an efficient method of raising limited amounts of capital, as well as regulatory response to different jurisdictions
Foreign direct investment: recent trends and limitations in the Asia-Pacific, March 2018
A wide-ranging discussion on various aspects of foreign direct investment in this region, particularly regulatory approaches and recent trends
Photos from the Annual Conference, 2017
A selection of photos from the Manly Retreat and the Women Casual Gathering at the IBA Annual Conference in Sydney, October 2017
The debate about publication of financial statements by large companies in Brazil - Closely Held & Growing Business Enterprises
By Paulo Coelho da Rocha and Andreia Casquet
In Brazil, the vast majority of companies are formed as Limited Liability Companies (the ‘Limitadas’). This corporate form is more popular for being a low-cost form, especially when compared to the Corporation (Sociedades por Ações) – the second most popular corporate form.
Shareholders' Agreements, October 2011
The IBA Guide on Shareholders’ Agreements, prepared by the Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee (either correct at Oct 2011, or updated/verified where the year is indicated below), provides practical, easy to grasp information on the legal rules on shareholders’ agreements and their application in each contributing jurisdiction. Leading experts respond to key questions relevant to those who need to get familiar quickly with the regulation of shareholders’ agreements in a particular country.