Rimon’s Complimentary CLE Webinar Series 2020

Welcome to Rimon’s Complimentary Annual CLE Webinar Series which will be held each Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm ET. Each course is presented by a Rimon Partner with extensive subject-matter experience.

CLE credits: These programs are approved by the CA State Bar for 1 hour of CLE credit for each course. NY bar members are also eligible for 1 CLE credit per course through NY’s Approved Jurisdiction Policy. Most other states also recognize CA accredited courses. If you would like credit in any other state, please check your local state bar’s regulations.

Legal watch – 10 things SMB’s should be doing now

Tuesday, March 31st • 1 PM ET (1 CLE Credit)

There is no playbook for dealing with once in a century events.  This webinar will highlight 10 important issues that SMB’s should be addressing now.

Presenter: Dror Futter
Dror Futter focuses his practice on startup companies and their investors, and has worked with a wide range of technology companies. His fifteen years’ experience as in-house counsel includes positions with Vidyo, Inc., a venture-backed videoconferencing company, and New Venture Partners, a venture fund focused on corporate spinouts. Prior to that, Mr. Futter was Counsel to the CIO of Lucent Technologies, as well as supporting parts of its sourcing organization. Read more.
This presentation has completed, you can view the materials here.

Leases and loans feeling the COVID-19 pain

Thursday, April 2nd • 1 PM ET (1 CLE Credit)

With Shelter-in-Place directives causing non-essential businesses to close, this webinar addresses how borrowers, tenants, landlords, and lenders should handle their lease and loan obligations.

Presenter: Phillip Wang
Phillip Wang practices in the areas of commercial litigation, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and real estate, in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices of Rimon. Mr. Wang’s commercial litigation practice focuses on representing companies and individuals in complex business disputes including prosecuting and defending litigation of commercial contract, intellectual property, real estate and related matters in federal and state courts. Read more.
This presentation has completed, you can view the materials here.

Software licensing

Tuesday, April 7th • 1 PM ET (1 CLE Credit )

Although Software as a Service has decreased the amount of Software license agreements done, software licensing is still a substantial part of many lawyers’ practice. Software licensing is often a highly contentious and negotiated area of law. In this CLE, the instructors will discuss key points to consider in drafting and negotiating software license agreements and helpful tips.

Presenters: Frank Vargas, Michael Vargas, Jennifer Dasari

Frank Vargas is an attorney who holds a unique combination of legal and business experience that differentiates him from other corporate and financial lawyers. As an attorney, he has more than 34 years of experience in corporate and securities law and has represented and counseled some of the largest and best-known technology companies and venture capital funds in the United States. His clients range from public and private companies as well as venture and private equity funds in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Seattle, Madison, Minneapolis, New York and Boston. Read more.
Jennifer Dasari has been instrumental in assisting her clients on a wide spectrum of issues from small transactional matters to large corporate negotiations, specifically, in the mergers and acquisitions arena. Ms. Dasari has worked on stock purchase, asset purchase, and merger transactions across multiple industries, including technology, financial services, healthcare, and energy. She has represented private equity funds in their formations and investment deals, and she also represented companies that were seeking angel and venture capital financing. For start-up and emerging clients, she provides outside general counsel services and guides them through their various growth stages and exit events. Read more.
Michael Vargas is an associate in Rimon’s Palo Alto office and a member of the firm’s Corporate practice group. As a member of the Corporate practice group, Michael represents clients in a range of corporate transactions including formation, convertible debt financing, angel financing, venture capital and private equity-backed expansion, state and federal securities, employment concerns, and mergers & acquisitions. In this capacity, Michael has represented clients in a variety of industries including robotics, software development, banking, social media, education, and other high technology industries. Read more.
This presentation has completed, you can view the materials here.

GP-led restructurings of private funds and other private secondary transactions

(1 CLE Credit)

Presenters: Geoffrey Perusse, Mark Diamond

Geoffrey Perusse counsels businesses in connection with private capital raising, private fund formation, investment activities, securities regulation and compliance matters. Geoff represents sponsors and managers of private funds across asset classes, including real estate, private equity, debt, venture capital and hedge funds, with respect to the structuring, formation and operation of the funds, including regulatory and compliance matters arising under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Securities Act of 1933, and the Investment Company Act of 1940. Read more.

Mark Diamond has been practicing corporate and securities law for over 30 years. His practice focuses on two areas:  private investment funds and broker-dealer regulatory and compliance issues. After 10 years in private practice with Coudert Brothers, an international law firm (and predecessor firms), where he specialized in corporate finance and merger and acquisition transactions, Mr. Diamond became in-house counsel and compliance officer for major Wall Street firms, including Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Wasserstein Perella, and Robertson Stephens. While at Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank, Mr. Diamond spent five years in Hong Kong as legal counsel for Asian Matters and, at Deutsche Bank, as a member of the equity derivatives structuring group. Read more.

This presentation has completed, you can view the materials here.

The emerging patent landscape related to blockchain and smart home technology

Tuesday, April 14th • 1 PM ET (1 CLE Credit )
An intellectual property (IP) protection strategy is critical to the success of an emerging technology company. The Open Source and decentralized nature of blockchain implementations does not insulate innovators from risk of patent assertions. Marc Kaufman will outline the patent landscape related to blockchain and smart home technology and discuss how patents can foster innovation in these technologies.
Presenter: Marc Kaufman
Marc Kaufman concentrates his practice in the area of patent strategy, in particular, advising clients in protecting, managing and leveraging their intellectual property assets. He has also represented clients in defending against patent assertions in district courts and through post-grant administrative proceedings in the U.S. Patent Office. Mr. Kaufman has created structured procedures to secure and enforce intellectual property rights in a market-focused manner. Marc’s practice focuses on computer software including the areas of Fintech, database technology, content distribution, and computer security. Over the last several years, Marc has actively monitored and analyzed the emerging patent landscape related to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. Marc is a co-founder of the Blockchain IP Council. Read more.

This presentation has completed, you can view the materials here.

Seed-stage financing for life sciences ventures

Thursday, April 16th • 1 PM ET (1 CLE Credit )

Learn the ins and outs of the frequently-used convertible debt financing transaction model including a line of credit component for pre-revenue start-ups.
Presenter: Mark Mirkin
Mark Mirkin focuses his practice on strategic corporate and securities counseling to emerging and high-growth companies, especially in the context of seed, early-stage and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and IPOs.  He has applied his voluminous knowledge of the startup landscape to help his clients in early-stage financing transactions, particularly in private placements and public offerings of equity, debt and convertible securities. In this capacity, he has extensive experience advising companies in the life sciences, information technology, and clean technology industries in all aspects of corporate and securities law.  Read more.

This presentation has completed, you can view the materials here.

Crisis Management at the Intersection of Marketing, Privacy, Security and Reputation

Tuesday, April 23rd • 1 PM ET (1 CLE Credit )

Now, even more than ever, as increased numbers of people are working, schooling and playing at home or at other remote locations, the value of online and mobile advertising and promotions has increased substantially. At the same time, the amounts of information being made available by people scrambling for information, trying to keep up with breaking news, and signing up for online, digital services and information, present legal challenges for compliance with both old and newly enacted privacy and data protection regulation.  Not coincidentally, online and mobile scammers are seeking to capitalize on the growing number of inexperienced web surfing consumers and cybercriminals are using the opportunity to capture valuable personally identifiable as a result of lax or relaxed security measures. The inaccurate perception that strong security may be an obstacle to utility or speed and simply the increased number of inexperienced users accessing the Internet, provide fertile ground for exploitation. What you should know. What you can do. What should you be telling your clients or your employees.  How can you help.

Presenter: Joe Rosenbaum
Joe Rosenbaum is a New York‐based partner at Rimon, P.C. and Chair of Rimon’s Global Alliance.  Rimon is an innovative and highly selective entrepreneurial firm that combines dynamic client service, teamwork, the agility of a high‐end boutique law firm and the deep multidisciplinary experience of a large global firm. Joe is also the Chair of Rimon’s Global Alliance. Joe’s clients consistently receive exceptional representation across national and international boundaries from an all‐star team of attorneys and legal professionals. Read more.

This presentation has completed, you can view the materials here.

Art sales & finance – in good times and bad

Tuesday, April 28rd • 1 PM ET (1 CLE Credit )

In the best of times, art sales and finance present components of escalated risk in comparison to more conventional commercial transactions. The sources of this risk-differential include light industry regulation, perceived and actual market volatility, a lush history of fraud and forgery, inconsistent secured transaction laws and regulations and limited chain of title data.  In recent years, tax changes, AML compliance and credit tightening from COVID 19, have added to the complexity of art transactions.  Art Sales & Finance will provide a review of the transactional basics, as well as provide a few guidelines in managing transactions within the current environment.

Thomas Fawell
Thomas Fawell practices in the areas of mergers & acquisitions and capital formation, inclusive of 1940 Adviser Act compliance and real estate finance and development. Based in Houston, Mr. Fawell can also be found in the Miami office, where he also serves as Co-Founder and General Counsel of art-centric hedge fund, Jenwood Musée. Previously, Mr. Fawell served as Partner and Member of the Management Committee at Katten Muchin. Read more.
Tim Hunter, MA, Dr. Phil, FSA
Tim Hunter has over 25 years of experience in the commercial art world and has held a number of senior positions throughout his career. After working as a curator at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, he joined Christie’s in 1993 where he stayed for 16 years. He was variously a director of Impressionist and Modern Art; Head of 19th Century European Art; and a Senior Director in the Old Master & British Picture Department.

He left Christie’s in 2009 to become a Director at the art advisory and appraisal firm Gurr Johns, where he advised collectors around the world. In 2014 he helped to set up a new art-financing company, Falcon Fine Art, where he served as Vice President from 2014-2018, providing loans against art assets throughout Europe.

He now runs his own art consultancy firm, Venator Fine Art, which he founded in 2014. He has a first-class honours degree in Modern History from Magdalen College, Oxford and a doctorate in Art History. He continues to publish articles and lectures around the world. He advises the government on the export of works of art and has regularly appeared on television news (including the BBC, SKY and ITN). He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and is based in London.

This presentation has completed, you can view the materials here.

Doing/acquiring business in Germany

Thursday, April 30rd • 1 PM ET (1 CLE Credit )

Doing business/acquisitions in Germany is obviously a wide-ranging topic and covers quite a number of legal aspects. We will start in the first Webinar with all aspects concerning Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) laws and regulations in Germany that are actually relevant for all non-European buyers of German enterprises in sector-specific areas and in non-sector specific areas above certain thresholds (depending on critical and non-critical infrastructure) pursuant to the Foreign Trade and Payments Act (Aussenwirtschaftsgesetz, “AWG”) and the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (Aussenwirtschaftsverordnung, “AWVO”). Following Webinars will cover other M&A specific topics.

Presenter: Dirk Hamann
Dr. Hamann, attorney at law since 1992, and long-standing partner in two of the international leading law firms before joining Rimon, first at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Hamburg, until 2014), second at Herbert Smith Freehills in Berlin (2014-2019), is one of the most distinctive and experienced corporate lawyers in Germany with a broad range of relevant international and domestic clients in various industry sectors. Read more.

This presentation has completed, you can view the materials here.

Privacy Update: The Intersection of GDPR, CCPA and LGPD (Brazil’s new law)


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