Free Seminar on Equity Agreements for Start-Ups

The Division of Patents & Licensing Start-Up Seminar Series will present "Establishing a Start-Up Venture: Understanding the Basics of Equity Agreements" on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, at 3 p.m. in Room 302 of the Interdisciplinary Research Building, 3802 Spectrum Blvd., USF Research Park. 


The seminar will feature Curt Creely, attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP, who will discuss the basics of granting and allocating equity in a start-up corporation or limited liability company. Topics covered will include:


What is "equity" generally and what are different types of equity?


Why are equity agreements necessary and what are the main provisions of equity agreements?


What is a "cap chart" and what does it show you?


What are anti-dilution rights, and why are they important?  What are the different types of anti-dilution rights?


What are tag-alongs, drag-alongs, preemptive rights, and registration rights?


Curt Creely is a partner with the national law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP, where his practice focuses on counseling companies, investors, investment banking firms, and entrepreneurs in connection with company formation, corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, complex strategic transactions, securities law compliance, SEC reporting, and corporate governance matters.


Creely graduated with high honors from the University of Florida College Of Law in 1995, and received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude in history and political science from Geneva College in 1992. He is a member of the Florida State Bar and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of mergers & acquisitions and securities law. He frequently speaks and writes in the area of corporate finance, securities law, SEC and M&A matters.


Reservations are not required; however attendees are requested to RSVP to Lauren Golin by email or by phone at 813-974-0102. The event is free and open to the university community. Free parking is available. For more information, email Lauren Golin.