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SOCIAL IMPACT BONDS: Creative Lawyering Required!

By Marjorie Singer In recent years, government and private philanthropists have sought to focus their investments on services and interventions that show promise for addressing society’s most intractable and pressing problems. And they are doing so in a manner that emphasizes and measures social impact, thereby ascertaining whether the services result in a quantifiable benefit …

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The 83(b) Election

By Amy Riedel As we begin a new year and leave holiday celebrations behind, I am reminded of a less exciting event signaled by year-end: personal income taxes. For most people, December 31st marks a day of not only celebratory champagne countdowns, but also the end of their tax accounting year. For anyone who has …

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What is Art Law?

By Amy Riedel Many moons ago, long before I became Apex Law Group’s law student intern and now associate, I was a budding art historian with dreams of pursuing graduate degrees in the field. While that may seem far removed from the legal profession, it helped me develop research and writing skills. Skills that have …

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What’s in a State: Choosing where to Incorporate your New Business

By Amy Riedel We have previously discussed how some founders might choose their business structure (here and here) and what organizational documents are necessary for formation depending on entity structure. Once you have decided on what type of entity you want to form, the next question becomes where you want to form it. For many …

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Make a Stand, a Washington State Social Purpose Corporation, Rings Opening Bell for Twitter Stock Exchange and Raises Questions about “Hybrid” Entities

In honor of her use of social media to funnel more than $100,000 to nonprofits combating child slavery, 9-year-old Vivienne Harr rang the bell to open Twitter’s first day of trading on the NYSE.   Vivienne decided that she would sell lemonade in an effort to combat this despicable practice.  She was inspired by a picture …

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Making your Intanglibles, Tangible. Part 3: Trade Secrets.

Apex Law is producing a four-part series on increasing the value of your business by making your intangibles, tangible. This post on trade secrets is the third installment of the series, and it is particularly useful for the DIY business owner because the scope and strength of trade secret protection rests on the actions that …

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Why Business Can be Good at Solving Social Problems

Business is a tool, its how you use that tool that matters.  Michael Porter, the Harvard Business School Professor in the Ted Talk video below, argues that business can be the tool to solve the world’s greatest problems. We all know the social problems: childhood obesity, poverty, water scarcity, poor healthcare, climate change. Usually, we look …

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International Trademark Planning: A Brief History of International Trademark Law

As our previous post on “Making Your Intangibles, Tangible” illustrated, trademarks function as indicators of the source and quality for both goods and services. They also serve as the prime element in advertising and generating goodwill and consumer loyalty. With e-commerce and global economies dominating most markets, it is easy to understand why utilizing and …

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The Health of Hybrid Entities: How many benefit corporations and social purpose corporations are out there? A comparison and data analysis on the SPC’s relative success.

Last month, over at SocentLaw, I came across an interesting blog post by Haskell Murray explaining a collaborative attempt to quantify how many benefit corporations exist across the US. The post is quick to admit that the numbers cannot be completely trusted because the relevant state agencies (usually the secretary of state) don’t necessarily have …

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Making your intangibles, tangible. Part 2: Trademarks.

In this four-part series we’re discussing how to increase the value of your company by better quantifying and protecting your company’s intangible intellectual property. Of the areas we’ll cover, a registered trademark is arguably* the first thing that an investor or prospective buyer will want to know with respect to the valuation of goodwill: are …

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