Startup Law and Fundraising

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Idaho Water Center, 1st Floor, room 162

322 E. Front Street

Boise, ID 83702

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Who Should Attend? If you have a startup or if you advise startups, this event is for you - fast paced, engaging and packed with practical content for building, growing and protecting value.

Exceptional Reviews. Startup Law and Fundraising receives rave reviews from entrepreneurs, attorneys, CPAs and startup investors, with 94% of reviewers giving it the highest rating.

Check out some of the online reviews at https://www.facebook.com/lawtalks/

Entrepreneurs, whether you’ve already launched your startup or not, this seminar offers invaluable insights to help you build on a solid foundation, raise funds successfully and legally, and avoid missteps that too often derail promising startups. Up to 10 startup founders may use promotion code “Founder.”

Business attorneys, accounting and finance professionals, angel investors and VCs, you will pick up new tools and insights for advising startups and other small businesses. Approved for 4 CLE or CPE professional credits - see below.

Bring a Friend - use promo code "BYFC" to bring a client, co-founder, colleague or friend for only $75 more than general admission! Great for professional business development or just getting co-founders on the same page.

The Course Materials include a 73 page booklet and a pre-seminar email with more than 130 links to 3rd party articles and other materials.

Advance Review. Want to review the course materials before attending? Use promo code "Deposit" and pay a non-refundable $60 deposit and we will send you the booklet and third party links, along with a promotion code for $60 off to use with any Startup Law and Fundraising seminar in 2017 or 2018.

The Agenda includes diving into the key fundraising options available to today’s startups and how to pursue each successfully, including best practices for approaching and pitching angel investors and VCs. Learn the fundamental terms and concepts critical for raising money from the right investors on the right terms.

Learn about the latest options for equity crowdfunding under new SEC “Regulation Crowdfunding,” which allows sales to the broadest potential investor pools ever, and learn how new Rule 506(c) permits broad advertising to help companies attract accredited investors for the first time ever.

These financing options are new under the “Jumpstart our Business Startups Act,” or the JOBS Act. Learn the ins and outs and the pros and cons of these new alternatives from an attorney with 28 years of securities law experience, both as an SEC attorney and as in-house counsel who has worked on billions of dollars of transactions.

Learn how to:

  • determine the best entity structure for your business based on financing plans, ownership and control expectations and tax objectives

  • choose between forming in Delaware or your home state

  • raise money properly from friends and family, angel investors, VCs or through crowdfunding

  • avoid common mistakes when issuing stock, options or other interests, or borrowing under convertible notes or other debt instruments

  • maintain a cap table that accurately reflects ownership interests

  • prevent and/or mitigate potential friction between co-founders

  • structure and manage relationships with investors, employees and others for maximum value and minimum friction

  • identify and protect critical intellectual property

  • organize a virtual data room for potential investors or acquirers

  • avoid other legal and regulatory mistakes that often harm startups and their founders and investors, including mistakes in hiring and managing employees, drafting and negotiating contracts, preventing and managing disputes, and overlooking tax and regulatory obligations


Attorneys, entrepreneurs, accounting and finance professionals, investors and other attendees – share your views and insights throughout the discussion, interact and network. Entrepreneurs, business attorneys and other advisors have made connections at recent programs in Seattle, Salt Lake/Provo, Portland, Washington DC and Boulder.

Attendees and seminar registrants can also join the private Seattle-area Startup Law and Fundraising Meetup Group and continue the discussion and continue networking with our growing community of entrepreneurs and advisors - https://www.meetup.com/Startup-Law-and-Fundraising/


Attorneys: Approved for 4.2 general CLE credits for Idaho State Bar members and 4 general CLE credits for Washington State Bar Association members. Want CLE credit for another state? Send a request to businesslawseminargroup@gmail.com.

CFOs, controllers, auditors and others with CPA licenses: This course qualifies for up to 4 hours of continuing professional education (CPE) credits in all states except NY, NJ, TX and IL. CPAs: upon registering, please send an email to businesslawseminargroup@gmail.com to request that a certificate of attendance be prepared.


Attorney Paul Swegle designed this program after seeing numerous promising startups fail because of easily preventable mistakes.

  • Currently General Counsel to Observa, Breathometer, Newyu, Wetboard and Payment Gear

  • Formerly General Counsel to ShareBuilder, ING Direct ShareBuilder, Capital One ShareBuilder, Numera, ZenBanx and cloudRIA

  • Chair, Corporate Counsel Section of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)

  • Member of the WSBA Securities Law Committee

  • Governor Elect, WSBA Board of Governors

  • Financings and M&A transactions totaling $11+ billion

  • Board Member, Innovation and Technology Law Advisory Board, Seattle University School of Law

  • Served in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement and Division of Corporation Finance

  • Former Special Assistant United States Attorney

Paul speaks and writes on wide-ranging topics, including working with startups, preparing a company for a financing or sale, fixing and preventing problems in the board room, fundraising and securities law compliance, crowdfunding under the JOBS Act, drafting and negotiating contracts, corporate governance, working with outside auditors, protecting intellectual property, and legal ethics.


7:30 a.m. Check-in & Registration
7:55 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
8:00 a.m. Entity/Domicile Selection, Formation, Licensing, Registration and Tax
8:30 a.m. Structuring and Managing Key Relationships
9:00 a.m. Identifying and Protecting Intellectual Property
9:30 a.m. Break
9:40 a.m. Cap Table Planning and Management
10:00 a.m. Understanding Preferred Stock
10:15 a.m. Fundraising – Legally and Successfully
11:00 a.m. Break
11:10 p.m. Fundraising – Legally and Successfully - Continued
12:00 p.m. Common mistakes in drafting and negotiating contracts, meeting tax and regulatory obligations, and preventing and managing disputes.
12:30 p.m. Reviews and dismissal


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email us at businesslawseminargroup@gmail.com.

What's the refund policy?

Full refund for cancellation requests emailed to businesslawseminargroup@gmail.com within 48 hours of the event start time and 50% refund for cancellation requests emailed to businesslawseminargroup@gmail.com within 24 hours of the event start time.

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Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, substitutions are fine!

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No problem, substitutions are fine, but note that supplemental materials are emailed to participants before the program, so please send an email to businesslawseminargroup@gmail.com with the correct name and email address for the actual attendee.

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322 E. Front Street

Boise, ID 83702

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