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AdobeStock_301407508_Editorial_Use_Only-300x200Digital currency is becoming an increasingly popular way of conducting business, particularly due to the rise in contactless payments brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) has issued new guidance to ensure that financial institutions use digital currency safely. The OCC’s requirements include the need for banks to understand the risks associated with digital currency, to have an effective risk management program in place, and to ensure that anti-money laundering and consumer protection laws are followed.

Business owners should make sure they understand the OCC’s requirements and how they affect their business. Structure Law Group, LLP’s California corporate lawyers can help business owners stay compliant with the OCC’s requirements and ensure they are safely engaging with digital currency. Our highly skilled corporate lawyers can also provide advice on how to protect your business from potential risks associated with digital currency transactions. Learn more about the OCC’s requirements, what they mean for business owners.

What the OCC Rule Says

AdobeStock_446615933-300x200In December 2020, the Delaware Supreme Court broadened the scope of stockholders’ pre-litigation inspection rights. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Delaware Court of Chancery’s ruling in Lebanon County Employees’ Retirement Fund vs. AmerisourceBergen Corp.

When reaffirming the court’s decision, the Delaware Supreme Court addressed the circumstances in which stockholders have a right to demand books and records under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL).

How Will the Supreme Court’s Decision Affect Section 220 Demands?

AdobeStock_419006596-300x200Equity compensation is an important tool employers use to attract – and retain – talented employees. Before you begin offering stock options, it is important to consider the amount of stock being issued to employees and how issuing it could affect the value of your business. There are many ways to structure an equity compensation package. Consult with a California startup lawyer to structure compensation packages that are best for your business, your future funding rounds, your shareholders, and your employees.

Before issuing any equity compensation, it is important to understand how this will affect the value of your business. Many businesses consider stock options as an inexpensive part of a compensation package. There is no accounting cost and no cash outlay required, so stock options might seem like an attractive option. There is even an added tax benefit: the difference between the stock price and the exercise price is a tax deduction to the business. But the National Bureau of Economic Research reports that this perception does not form an accurate picture of the actual economic cost of stock options. Understand the long-term costs of stock options – and how they will affect the valuation of your business over its lifetime – before making any decisions about how many employees will be awarded what amount of stock options.

The Total Percentage of Your Employee Stock Options

AdobeStock_224157473-300x200Convertible notes are a popular method used by startup companies to raise capital for a new business. There are, however, different types of convertible notes, and it is important for new business owners to understand the pros and cons of each. It is also critical that business owners understand the long-term consequences of convertible notes on their future business operations and financing.

Maturity Date

SAFE (a Simple Agreement for Future Equity) is a convertible note in which an investor converts his or her investment into equity in the company. With a SAFE agreement, the investment converts to equity at any future equity financing. There is no maturity date. Thus, the investor could convert the debt to equity the very next day if an applicable equity financing is completed. KISS is a different type of convertible equity that may or may not have a maturity date.