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By Louis Lehot, business and technology lawyer at Foley & Lardner LLP in Silicon Valley The Bitcoin rollercoaster has brought a lot of attention to cryptocurrencies over the past year, but you still can’t pay your taxes with them. Aside from some state-level moves to accept cryptocurrencies, taxes must still be paid in the U.S. dollar. And yet, as more businesses go through their own digital transformations, many have been wondering when the economy…
New team members, new deals, news from the Global Silicon Valley Friends, Welcome back. As always, the tech world is constantly moving, constantly changing. Today, I have highlights from rocketry rivalry to how AI and smartphones can transform healthcare. There are lots of exciting things happening. But first, some news at home… Welcome André Thiollier and Ashley Youn-Jae Lee Foley & Lardner welcomes André Thiollier, who joins the firm as a partner in Silicon Valley, bringing significant cross-border…
By Louis Lehot, a Business Lawyer & Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP Quantum computing is a perennially hot topic in science and technology, with many researchers and companies scrambling to build the first truly practical quantum computer. But as with many technological advancements, the complex jargon can easily obscure the big picture. In cybersecurity, the quantum arms races consists of three fronts: quantum computers, post-quantum cryptography, and human users. With help from our friends…
By Louis Lehot, a business lawyer at Foley & Lardner LLP in San Francisco and Silicon Valley Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), organizations that raise funds in the public markets for the purpose of acquiring a private company and taking it public, had their heyday during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, 248 companies went public through mergers with SPACs, exceeding the number of such deals in the past ten years combined, according to SPAC Data. While…
By | Louis Lehot | Business lawyer Special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), organizations that raise funds in the public markets for the purpose of acquiring a private company and taking it public, had their heyday during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, 248 companies went public through mergers with SPACs, exceeding the number of such deals in the past ten years combined, according to SPAC Data. While the craze continued through the first quarter of 2021, issuance ground…
Louis Lehot is a partner and business lawyer with, Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Los Angeles offices, where he is a member of the Private Equity & Venture Capital, M&A and Transactions Practices, and the Technology, Health Care, and Energy Industry Teams. Louis focuses his practice on advising entrepreneurs and their management teams, investors, and financial advisors at all stages of growth, from garage to global.…
By Louis Lehot and Catherine Zhu, business lawyers at Foley & Lardner LLP in Silicon Valley A few years ago, initial coin offerings (ICOs) were all the rage in the cryptocurrency world. They offered many projects the ability to raise funds quickly and easily, but they also drew the scrutiny of regulatory agencies. As I pointed out at the time, the regulatory landscape for ICOs was something of a Wild West, with multiple agencies claiming…
Photo by Edi Kurniawan on Unsplash By Louis Lehot, Esq., and Catherine Zhu, Esq., Foley & Lardner LLP Louis Lehot and Catherine Zhu of Foley & Lardner LLP discuss the rise of financial technology startups and the legal and regulatory scrutiny they may face. This year has seen a surge in investor interest in fintech startups. CB Insights1 reported that the first quarter of 2021 was the largest funding quarter on record for fintech, surpassing Q2…
With the significant global economies benefitting from considerable government stimulus, easing monetary policies, and increasing vaccination rates, a return to work is powering growth in gross domestic product across the board. We are seeing large employers offering piles of cash to workers to return to work and pent-up demand unleashed across virtually every sector of the economy. As a result, we expect to see significant growth in M&A transactions in the second half of 2021. We…