The Entrepreneur's Guide to Business Law / Edition 2

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Overview

This book contains 17 chapters that follow the progression of a start-up business and anticipate its legal concerns through the stages of growth up to an initial public offering. The new edition integrates e-commerce and international issues where appropriate. This text is appropriate at both the undergraduate and graduate level for those courses that cover legal issues and entrepreneurs. Depending on the course, it could be used as either a core text or a supplement.
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Covering the main legal aspects of starting a business in the United States, Bagley (business administration, Harvard Business School) and Dauchy (managing partner, Cooley Godward LLP) proceed from inception to sale or initial public offering. Each chapter examines legal constraints and opportunities, offering advice on business strategy. Topics include incorporation, ownership structure, board formation, contracts and leases, e-commerce, human resources, operational liabilities and insurance, creditors' rights, venture capital, intellectual property and cyberlaw, and global operation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780324042917
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Business Law Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Highly respected author, award-winning teacher, and popular professional presenter, Constance E. Bagley is Professor in the Practice of Law and Management at Yale University and a Senior Research Fellow at Yale Law School. Before joining the Yale faculty, she was an Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, a Senior Lecturer in Law and Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a corporate securities partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP. Professor Bagley received Yale's Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2009 and 2013. A past president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, she is a recipient of its Senior Faculty Award of Excellence. In addition to multiple published articles, Professor Bagley also authored WINNING LEGALLY: HOW MANAGERS CAN USE THE LAW TO CREATE VALUE, MARSHAL RESOURCES, AND MANAGE RISK (Harvard Business School Press, 2005), coauthored (with Craig E. Dauchy) THE ENTREPRENEUR'S GUIDE TO BUSINESS LAW, 4E (Cengage, 2012), and contributed to numerous other books. She received her JD (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School and her AB (Honors and Distinction) from Stanford University. She received an honorary doctorate in economics from Lund University in Sweden.

Craig E. Dauchy is a partner at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP's Palo Alto office, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, and head of the Venture Capital practice group firm-wide. With nearly 600 lawyers and additional offices in Palo Alto, San Francisco, and San Diego, California; New York City, New York; Reston, Virginia; Washington D.C., and Broomfield, Colorado and Boston, Massachusetts. Cooley Godward Kronish is one of the nation's leading law firms providing counsel to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The firm has represented both issuers and underwriters in nearly 400 public offerings in recent years and consistently ranks among the Top 10 law firms handling venturebacked initial public offerings for companies in the United States. In recent years, the firm has represented companies or underwriters in more than 200 public offerings, including more than 100 IPOs. Mr. Dauchy has represented entrepreneurs, emerging companies, and venture capitalists in diverse industries, including medical devices, software, health care, electronics, and consumer products, for more than 30 years. He is a frequent lecturer on matters relating to securities law and public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital. He also serves on a number of advisory boards and boards of directors. Mr. Dauchy has a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Stanford University and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in history from Yale University. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

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Table of Contents

Preface
About the Authors
1 Taking the Plunge 1
2 Leaving Your Employer 9
3 Selecting and Working with an Attorney 31
4 Deciding Whether to Incorporate 49
5 Structuring the Ownership 74
6 Forming and Working with the Board 112
7 Raising Money and Securities Regulation 133
8 Contracts and Leases 176
9 E-Commerce and Sales of Goods and Services 220
10 Marshaling Human Resources 265
11 Operational Liabilities and Insurance 341
12 Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy 384
13 Venture Capital 431
14 Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw 487
15 Going Global 552
16 Buying and Selling a Business 585
17 Going Public 649
Internet Sources 705
Table of Cases 709
Index 713
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