SAM Encourages You to Attend “Women in LAVA and Global LAVA Present: Moving your business to the USA”

Women in LAVAWomen in Lava and Global LAVA invite you to a panel discussion on establishing or moving your business, as an expat, in the USA. Los Angeles is an international city with over 225 languages spoken and immigrants owning 33% of businesses in California. So how does one establish themselves in Los Angeles? Join our panelists in this lively discussion covering topics such as starting from scratch, international IP, taxes, cultural and language barriers and immigration law and current USCIS regulations.

11 Jul 2017
6:30pm – 8:30pm PDT

Our Panelists include:
Allison-Claire Acker, Esq.
Immigration Law
Wolfsdorf Rosenthal, LLP

Allison-Claire Acker is a 1988 graduate of the UCLA School of Law, and was recently named Southern California’s Top Female Attorney of the Year by Los Angeles Magazine. She has over twenty-five years of immigration law experience, counseling individuals and corporations with regard to all aspects of entertainment, family and employment-related immigration law. Ms. Acker assists both individuals and corporate clients to obtain both non-immigrant and immigrant visas in almost every US immigration category. She advises corporate clients regarding the immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions. She also represents foreign investors with regard to visa options.
Ms. Acker is a noted speaker at immigration conferences, seminars and local universities. She is also the author of several immigration related articles. She is currently in charge of the immigration section of the Santa Monica Bar Association as well as one of its trustees, in addition to being a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Associations Immigration section, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Mexican American Bar Association and the Japanese American Bar Association. Most recently, Ms. Acker was AILA’s Southern California Chapter Advocacy Event Co-Chair. She has also been reappointed as an Advisory Committee member to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, representing the County of Los Angeles. Ms. Acker also served on the UCLA School of Law Alumni Board of Directors.

Dr. Tatianna Kolpakov, M.D.
Co-Founder
Wellness Pro

Tatiana Kolpakov is a Medical Doctor and a co-founder of a nutritional company, WellnessPro. As a third generation medical doctor, Tatiana began to develop an appreciation for proper nutrition and preventative medicine. In 1999, she moved to the US with her husband and started an international nutritional company – WellnessPro. WellnessPro manufactures high-quality nutritional products and supplements for general health, wellness and weight-loss. From an idea to scale, Tatiana understands what it takes to start and develop and enterprise in the US and looks forward to sharing her experience.

Connie Chang Scotti, CPA
International Tax Senior Manager
Moss Adams LLP

Connie is a Senior Manager in the International Tax Service Group at Moss Adams LLP and works on some of the firm’s most complex engagements—coordinating global services and consulting with taxpayers on the worldwide tax implications and planning opportunities for their international assignments and business ventures.
Connie works closely with international legal and accounting professionals to coordinate cross‐border planning and compliance for individuals, trusts, estates, and closely‐held businesses. She serves as an integrated international business advisor and works at optimizing the worldwide effective tax rate and reducing foreign taxes through tax efficient financing, efficient cash management, and repatriation of earnings to the U.S. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Panel Leader:
Laurelle Johnson
Co-Founder
Myexpat.us

Laurelle, Co-Founder of myexpat.us works closely with expat spouses, co-joint and partners to adjust to the daily American way of life. In addition she offers investment visa business plans and strategic sales initiatives. She has worked with the start-ups, the last 11 years, in the communities of Santa Monica, Venice and Playa Vista. She offers a comprehensive program to identify and guide the spouse, co-joint, partner to new areas of interest, employment and adjustment to USA social life. She was born in Los Angeles to French parents who taught her the beauty of the French culture and language. Her worldwide travels gives her a deep appreciation of all cultures and a knowledge on how to bridge the gap with American way of life.

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Preccelerator® Program Company RentSpree Wins “Best of LA 2017” Award

RentSpreeCongratulations to Preccelerator® Program Company RentSpree on winning the “Best of LA 2017” Award for Best Real Estate Tech Startup. The Best of Los Angeles Awards celebrate, “the most buzz-worthy people, places, and things” across Los Angeles. RentSpree is a tool that automates and streamlines the process of applying to rental properties for both renters and real estate agents.

About RentSpree
The RentSpree team consists of three Graziadio alumni who graduated last year from the full-time MBA program. RentSpree was founded in March 2016 and is part of the Stubbs Alderton and Markiles Preccelerator Program. Their vision is for renters to be able to seamlessly apply and be accepted to any property all from the comfort of their own homes. RentSpree is an apartment listing website that allows renters to submit multiple applications and non-damaging Transunion credit reports. 

Check out RentSpree below:

 

 

 

For more about the Preccelerator® Program or to apply,  contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at (310) 746-9803 or hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

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The Los Angeles Increase in Minimum Wage and Who It Affects

Is Your Company Subject to the Minimum Wage Ordinance Taking Effect July 1, 2017?

The Office of Wage Standards increases the Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County minimum wage rates under the Minimum Wage Enforcement Ordinances.  If your minimum wage employees are on a bi-weekly pay schedule, starting the next pay period, they may be entitled to wage increases.  If the employees actually perform their work within Los Angeles City or Los Angeles County boundaries and they are not public employees, then the new minimum wage law (starting July 1, 2017) affects minimum wage employees’ pay rate in accordance with either the “small business” category (25 employees or fewer) or the “regular business” category (26 employees or greater).

For businesses that operate within the City of Los Angeles or the County of Los Angeles and are subject to either ordinance, pay rates for their employees increase next month.  The increase takes place this July 1, 2017 from $10.00 to $10.50 per hour for companies with 25 or less employees, and from $10.50 to $12.00 per hour for companies with 26 or more employees.

The City and County of Los Angeles only count the employees that work within the City and County boundaries—not outside—because an employee is defined as those “employees that work within the geographical boundaries,” so those employees outside the geographical boundaries do not help those employees within boundaries get the higher increase because they are not considered employees for purposes of this City or County Ordinance.

If you are unsure if your company or employer is subject to the small business category or regular business category, complete a MW2-MWO worksheet located at www.wagesla.lacity.org to find out.

To see if your company is within the boundaries governed by the City or County Ordinances, visit www.neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org.

For more information on wage and hour legal issues, including litigation, please contact Ryan C. C. Duckett at rduckett@stubbsalderton.com or Jeffrey F. Gersh at jgersh@stubbsalderton.com, or call (818) 444-4500.

Nothing herein shall be constituted as legal advice.

 

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Our mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of our Firm.

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SAM Clients Kravitz, Inc. and Kravitz Back Office Solutions Acquired by Ascensus

Kravitz (Los Angeles, CA – June 19, 2017)  Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP announced that its clients, Kravitz and Kravitz Back Office Solutions, have been acquired by Ascensus. Kravitz is a retirement administration firm and Cash Balance specialist focused on bringing its clients the latest in the design, administration, and management of corporate retirement plans.  Kravitz Back Office Solutions delivers private-label actuarial services to third-party administrators across the country to help them grow and succeed with Cash Balance plans.

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ attorneys representing Kravitz in the transaction included Scott GalerNick Feldman and Kelly Laffey.

For the full press release, click here.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Our mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of our Firm. Visit www.stubbsalderton.com 

For more information about our Mergers & Acquisitions practice, contact Scott Galer at sgaler@stubbalderton.com 

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SAM Partner Kevin DeBré Moderating Panel on “Innovation in Large Corporations/Scouting for Opportunities” at USC

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Partner Kevin DeBré will be featured as a moderator at USC Viterbi School of Engineering on “Innovation in Large Corporations/Scouting for Opportunities” at their Technology Scouting Workshop. The event will be Tuesday, June 20th at the Marina del Rey Marriot from 8AM-5PM.

Technology Scouting Workshop
June 20, 2017
Marina del Rey Marriot
4100 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

To register for the event click here.

To find out more about Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions practice contact Kevin DeBré at kdebre@stubbsalderton.com

Kevin D. DKevin DeBré eBré is the chair of the Firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions Practice Group.  Kevin advises entrepreneurs and companies that use intellectual property to build their businesses.  Kevin has particular expertise in structuring and negotiating technology commercialization and patent licenses, strategic alliances, research and development collaborations, trademark licensing and brand merchandising agreements and manufacturing, distribution and marketing arrangements.  He also counsels clients on compliance with data security and privacy laws and regulations.

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Preccelerator Program Presents: Startup Superhero Series with Michael Schneider, Founder of Service and Mobile Roadie

 

What is a Startup Superhero? Join us as Michael Schneider, founder of Service and Mobile Roadie, is interviewed by Matt Swider, Senior Mobile Editor of TechRadar, on the highs and lows of entrepreneurship, stories from his time with Mobile Roadie, one of the world’s most successful mobile app platforms, and his adventure into founding Service, a platform that compensates travelers for delayed or canceled flights.

Register

When:

Thursday, June 29, 2017
5:30-6:15pm – Networking
6:15-7:30pm – Fireside Chat with Michael Schneider

Where:

SAM Preccelerator Program
1453 3rd Street Promenade, Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Who:

Michael Schneider, CEO & Founder – Service

Michael Schneider is the founder and CEO of Service, a company that gets travelers compensation anytime their flight is delayed or cancelled. The idea for Service was born when Schneider realized that in today’s digital world customers can get almost anything, from a car, food, or a place to stay, on-demand, yet they are still required to waste an irreplaceable asset – their time – dealing with customer service issues. Schneider started small – he tracked down people complaining of flight disruptions on Twitter and offered to help get them compensation. Today, Service handles thousands of claims per month, and is saving the average frequent traveler over $600/year. Prior to Service, Schneider was the co-founder and CEO of Mobile Roadie, one of the world’s most successful mobile app platforms, with clients such as Disney, the World Economic Forum, Madonna and the Rolling Stones. Schneider is active in the Los Angeles tech community, having served on the board of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, advising the Southern California Entrepreneurship Academy and speaking regularly at his alma mater – the University of Southern California
Fast Facts
● At the age of 15, Schneider founded Video Game Central, where he sold new and used video games online at the advent of the digital age
● A serial entrepreneur, Schneider has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Los Angeles County SBA “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award, and was named one of the “Top 20 in their 20s” by the Los Angeles Business Journal

Moderator

Matt Swider, Senior Mobile Editor – TechRadar

Matt Swider is the Senior Mobile Editor of TechRadar.com, covering smartphones, wearables and car tech. He began writing about gadgets when we started his own video game news and reviews website at 14 back in 1999. He holds a Journalism degree from Pennsylvania State University.
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Our mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of our Firm. For more information, visit www.stubbsalderton.com.

We love tech! We’re unashamedly geeky about it. So we’ll tell you what we think in a fair, unbiased way. That’s what we’re about. We’re able to promise this because TechRadar is the largest UK-based consumer technology news and reviews site (and now rapidly growing in the US and Australia), our editorial independence backed by the weight of technology publisher Future plus objective test data from the TechRadar Labs. Our experienced writers who operate from our offices in London, Bath, San Francisco, New York and Sydney operate under Future’s 20 year old policy of a cast-iron guarantee of editorial independence.

TechRadar will tell you about the coolest new stuff. We’ll work hard to bring you original quotes and exclusive access. We’ll review it more thoroughly and carefully than anyone else. We’ll explain how it works and why you buy it (or not). Then it’s up to you. Add your own comments and opinions. Review gear for yourself. There’s no monopoly on the truth here – tell us what you think. Visit www.techradar.com

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SAM Client Atomico Leads $64M Investment Round in Clutter

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP client Atomico announced today that it led the $64M investment round in Clutter with Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures (GV) and Fifth Wall.  Clutter is an end-to-end storage company which takes the pain out of cataloging, packing, storing, and returning your items.

 

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ attorneys representing Atomico on the deal included Caroline Cherkassky and Kelly Laffey.

Clutter is a tech-enabled storage company that lets you store extra stuff without actually leaving your house. No more getting stuck in traffic just to put away your camping gear, or completely unpacking a storage unit in order to locate a box of family photos. With Clutter, all your stored items are ready to view online, and getting them out of storage is as easy as ordering a pizza. They believe a 5-star experience should be the norm, and that service companies should actually be of service to their customers.

Reps from Atomico stated, “At Atomico we invest in global opportunities where we know that we can help scale a business in specific markets around the world. Our thesis is that great companies now come from everywhere and so we’re always on the move, looking to find the most ambitious entrepreneurs, to help them execute their plans to improve the way we live. One of the places we’ve been spending time recently, and where we see clear momentum around the tech scene, is Los Angeles. And we believe we’ve unearthed a global category leader in LA-headquartered Clutter.”

About Atomico

Atomico invests in disruptive technology companies with ambitious founders from Series A onwards. Our experienced team includes founders and operators from the world’s most successful technology firms who partner with our companies as they scale to become global winners. Founded in 2006, Atomico has made over 80 investments into companies including Supercell, Klarna, Stripe, ofo, Lilium, 6Wunderkinder and The Climate Corporation. Atomico’s team includes founders of six billion dollar companies, and operational leaders who were responsible for global expansion, hiring, user growth and marketing at companies from Skype and Google to Uber, Facebook and Spotify.

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Our mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of our Firm.

For more information about our Emerging Growth & Venture Capital Practice, contact Caroline Cherkassky at ccherkassky@stubbsalderton.com 

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SAM Encourages You to Attend “ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo”

The ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo at the Disneyland® Resort:

Friday, August 18th from 8:00 am right until after dinner at 11:00 pm.
A VIP Reception on Thursday, August 17th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm for Exhibitors, Sponsors and and Speakers only.

ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo

The ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo at the Disneyland® Resort brings together capital sources, investors, public companies, private companies, start-ups, executives, professionals, employers, job seekers, and resource providers together in exhibit hall space at the Disneyland® Resort.

The Expo is a vacation destination event, with special ProgressWorks discounted hotel rooms, park tickets, and more.  Attend or exhibit at The ProgressWorks Opportunity Expo and find new opportunities while enjoying a mini vacation at the world famous Disneyland® Resort.

ProgressWorks is a nonprofit corporation with the mission of facilitating job creation and retention- endeavoring to make an impact across the nation one job at a time. ProgressWorks’ vision is to impact the growth of employment through targeted investment, strategic partnering, and resources that reduce the challenges small businesses face when seeking job creation capital.

Why attend?
  • `Meet with a like-minded peer group of executives and leaders that are disrupting & transforming the industry.
  • Make valuable connections with a dynamic range of companies, service providers, C-level executives, small business owners, and investors.
  • See innovative CEOs pitch their startups through ProgressWorks PitchFest Company Presentations.
  • Learn from industry experts on current hot topics during keynotes and panel sessions.
  • Visit over 75+ companies in the Innovation Showcase, including startups, public companies, and nonprofits.
  • Explore new opportunities and showcase your individual skills and talents to companies seeking new talent.

PitchFest

Showcase inspiring and innovative Public, Growth and Startup Companies.

3-Minute Pitch Contest; 2 Minute Critique.
All pitches will be video recorded and given to the company.
Companies compete from three pools: Startup, Growth, Public.
Each category $10k cash prize for the winner.
Additional prizes for 2nd, 3rd place.
Pitch and meet investors from across the US.

For more information or to apply for the PitchFest click here.

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Three Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Attorneys Selected to 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, one of Southern California’s leading business law firms, today announced that three attorneys of the firm have been selected to the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.  SAM Partner Sean Greaney is a returning honoree from 2015 and 2016, while Nick C. Feldman and Ryan Duckett are first time honorees.  Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

Sean Greaney is Partner of the Firm.  Sean’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and general corporate matters for both public and private clients, focusing on middle-market, emerging growth and development stage companies.  In addition, Sean counsels companies in connection with company formation process, SEC reporting requirements and registrations, federal and state securities laws and compliance, corporate governance issues, joint ventures, employee incentive plans and executive employment agreements.

Ryan Duckett is an associate of the Firm. Ryan’s practice focuses primarily on employment, commercial, intellectual property and entertainment litigation. He has successfully litigated cases for both plaintiffs and defendants with trials and appellate experience that has secured over millions of dollars in jury verdicts for his clients, to arguing California jury instructions that were created by the case he second chaired.  He manages and handles all aspects of civil actions from pre-litigation matters to law & motion to trials, post-trials & appeals.

Nick C. Feldman is an associate of the Firm. Nick’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, dispositions, private equity transactions and general corporate matters for both public and private clients, focusing on middle-market and emerging growth companies. In addition, Nick counsels companies in connection with entity formation, corporate governance, federal and state securities laws and compliance, joint ventures, employee incentive plans, executive employment agreements and other executive compensation matters.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit SuperLawyers.com

About Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is a business law firm with robust corporate, public securities, mergers and acquisitions, entertainment, intellectual property, brand protection and business litigation practice groups focusing on the representation of, among others, venture backed emerging growth companies, middle market public companies, large technology companies, entertainment and digital media companies, investors, venture capital funds, investment bankers and underwriters. The firm’s clients represent the full spectrum of Southern California business with a concentration in the technology, entertainment, videogame, apparel and medical device sectors. Our mission is to provide technically excellent legal services in a consistent, highly-responsive and service-oriented manner with an entrepreneurial and practical business perspective. These principles are the hallmarks of our Firm. For more information on Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, visit www.stubbsalderton.com 

Press Contact:
Heidi Hubbeling
Director of Marketing
hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com

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In Case You Missed It! Preccelerator Demo Day Class 5 Pitch Video

What an exciting evening it was!  4 talented entrepreneurs gave their 5 minute pitches to a crowd of over 100 people at the May 18, 2017 Preccelerator Demo Day.  The evening was topped off by the motivating presentation on “Fearless Media” by SAM CREATV Ventures Partner Peter Csathy.  In case you missed it, check out the video!

For more information about the Preccelerator, contact Heidi Hubbeling, COO at hhubbeling@stubbsalderton.com.

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