Financing & Securities Compliance for Artists & Creative Entrepreneurs
So you've got it. That great idea that you know is going to be a hit: an incredible book, a brilliant screenplay, a website that is going to fundamentally alter the way people interact with media, or even just a new neighborhood theater group. Whatever it is, you're ready to put it into action. The one thing you need to launch it is other people's money, or in professional terms, investors. Persuading investors to provide the necessary financing to launch your idea can be very challenging and is full of legal pitfalls. In Getting the Green Light: Financing and Securities Compliance for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs, Foster Pepper Arts, Entertainment and Business attorneys Matt Hooper, Vin Ricci and Vandana Harris will offer practical advice and review the legal fundamentals that you'll need to successfully raise money, protect yourself from personal liability, and comply with Securities and Exchange Commission regulations in order to put your big idea to work. They will also answer any questions you may have on how to structure deals in a manner that allows for you to retain ownership and creative control over your ideas to the greatest extent possible.
If you are an artist, creative entrepreneur or an attorney who represents them, this Workshop is not to be missed as it will provide an excellent fundamental framework for understanding how to recognize and resolve the legal issues involved with financing and securities compliance.
Matt Hooper serves as Chair of the Arts & Entertainment Group at Foster Pepper. Having served as a film producer, entertainment executive and business consultant prior to practicing law, Matt brings extensive industry experience and knowledge to Foster Pepper's Arts and Entertainment law group. As former CEO of an online proprietary television network viewed in 44 countries, he understands the unique pressures facing high-level executives and anticipates and helps clients avoid legal entertainment, internet, and intellectual property issues. Specific legal activities include software, hardware, and entertainment-based license agreements, talent contracts, distribution agreements, intellectual property litigation, and contract negotiations. Matt received his J.D. with great distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and his B.A. from California State University, Northridge.
Vin Ricci is a Member of Foster Pepper whose practice focuses on representing early stage entertainment and technology companies, venture capital firms and angel investors, and includes financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, public company reporting and disclosure, cross border transactions and general securities law and corporate matters. In addition to his practice, Vin has also served in advisory role to several institutions in the Seattle entrepreneurial community, including the Zino Society and Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN). Vin received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and his B.A. from Georgetown University.
Vandana Harris is Of Counsel at Foster Pepper, recently arriving in Seattle from Jones Day in New
York City. Her practice focuses on international investments, U.S. business and tax transactions focusing on U.S., international and multinational corporations, exempt organizations, venture capital funds and private equity funds. Vandana's primary concentration is on structuring investments and tax consequences with respect to private equity funds, private companies, joint ventures and cross border transactions, including inbound and outbound U.S. investments and advice on Double Tax Treaties. She also counsels clients on a broad range of US tax issues and general corporate and other legal matters. Vandana holds an LL.M from New York University, and received her Law Degree, with commendation, from The College of the Law, London, UK.
CLE: 1.5 CLE credits pending
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