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Raising Capital For Your Startup

  Every start-up founder should have a basic grasp of some of the ways they can secure financing for their company, so to that end let's take a crash course on some familiar and some not-so-fa...

Common Binding Terms in a Letter of Intent

Negotiating a contract can be a messy process. Parties often need to engage in several rounds of back-and-forth negotiation to find a mutually satisfactory deal, and many details are not settled until...

Pre-emptive Rights – Who Do They Benefit?

What is a Pre-emptive Rights Clause? Pre-emptive rights clauses can protect existing shareholders from the dilution of their proportionate holdings, and is a type of protection sought by founders a...

Blog Bite: Mergers & acquisitions – what are the legal obligations of a non-binding letter of intent?

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com considers a parties obligation to reach a definitive agreement despite a letter of intent (LOI) that states that the intent was non-binding. An a...

Blog Bite: When is a letter of intent binding?

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com highlights how important it is for parties to clearly state their intentions when drafting a letter of intent (LOI). Parties may intend for an LO...

Blog Bite: Letters of intent, binding or non binding?

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com illustrates how a letter of intent (LOI) can be interpreted as either binding, or non-binding on both parties. To avoid drafting a legally bindin...

Blog Bite: How Do I Conduct Due Diligence in a Share Purchase or M&A?

This article posted on our partner site Mondaq.com  After a term sheet in an asset or share purchase deal is signed, the parties will usually commence "due diligence". This article posted on our ...

What is the Difference Between a Contract and a Memorandum of Understanding?

What is the Difference Between a Contract and a Memorandum of Understanding? Although a memorandum of understanding can offer an alternative way to create relationships, it is important to consider h...

Should I ask potential investors to sign an NDA before pitching my idea?

A startup, like any new business, is inherently risky, and you’ll want the venture to be as financially and legally secure as possible. But more than that, it’s kind of your baby. It’s...

What legal documents are required to connect an inventor with an investor?

Startups depend upon funding, so preparing the right documents can help you obtain the funding you need. Due Diligence No matter what stage or type of funding is at hand, the biggest thing...

Role of the Board of Directors: To Protect the Investors

Many early stage companies are directed by a unanimous shareholder agreement, under which the shareholders take control away from the board and make all decisions by requiring a unanimous vote...

Anti-Dilution Clause May Prevent Company from Issuing Additional Shares

The representation that the company may issue additional shares in the future means that the company may dilute the shares of the subscriber at will. A subscriber who does not wish to give t...

Entering Into a Term Sheet is Hard Enough, Getting Out of One Can be Even Harder

As a company entering into a possible investment, when accepting an investor term sheet, consider the provisions relating to termination of that term sheet.  There’s nothing worse than being stuck ...

When Fundraising, “Know” Your “Accredited Investor”

When raising money in Ontario or Canada for your startup company, you fall under the scrutiny of the rules of the Securities Act and related National Instruments that set the rules on the na...
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