This course, presented by experienced practitioner Gary Ross, will cover the important issues corporate attorneys should have on their radar when representing emerging companies (i.e. startups). The program will cover how to advise entrepreneurs with respect to choosing the right legal entity, documenting relationships between founders, and advising on employment law issues, startup fundraising, and successful and unsuccessful exits. Lastly, the session will discuss how to navigate common ethical issues that arise when representing startups.
Determine what to look for in order to identify the correct corporate entity for a company
Gain a basic understanding of how to navigate the required foundational documents and other documents important to early-stage companies
Examine the different types of employment law issues relevant to emerging companies
Identify how securities laws impact companies selling ownership interests
Discuss the strategies that may better a startup’s chances for a successful exit
Gary J. Ross advises venture capital funds, angel investors, and emerging growth companies a variety of transactional, disclosure, corporate governance and compliance matters. He founded Ross Law Group, PLLC in 2017, a boutique law firm that focuses on corporate and securities law, investment funds, and startup law. Gary previously worked at Jackson Ross, another firm that he founded, for four years, and previous to that he worked in the Corporate Transactions & Securities and Capital Markets practice groups at Sidley Austin LLP and Alston & Bird LLP.
From 2009 to 2012, Gary served in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he managed conflicts of interest issues pertaining to contractors and financial agents engaged by Treasury to provide asset management, advisory, and other services relating to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). In that capacity, he developed and recommended compliance standards and regulation interpretation guidelines and designed the on-site testing carried out by the TARP audit department, during which he served as the subject matter specialist. He also helped draft the federal regulation for conflicts of interests as they pertained to TARP, and prepared the official conflicts of interest responses to Special Inspector General of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) inquiries.
Mr. Ross is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and Seton Hall Law School and has lectured at schools such as Penn State Dickinson Law. He has been quoted in articles in MarketWatch, Corporate Counsel, The New York Times and the Associated Press.
Gary received his J.D. from Northwestern Law School in 2004 and earned a B.B.A. from the University of Miami in 1994. Prior to attending law school, Gary worked as a Case Manager for the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
Gary is admitted to practice law in New York, the District of Columbia, and Georgia.
Very interesting and well-presented.