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SEC Proposes issuance of Equity to Gig Workers

The SEC has proposed a rule to exempt the issuance of equity to gig workers in alignment with employee treatment.  This is a positive for workers who would like a share of the company, although it further highlights the disparate treatment of these workers at the Gig employer’s convenience.  

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Pre-Bankruptcy Planning can include Removal of Trust Beneficiary

Pre-Bankruptcy planning requires debtors to make sure that their pre-bankruptcy asset transfers are made for equivalent value to avoid being clawed back as fraudulent to creditors.  A CA court recently held that a parent’s removal of a beneficiary (soon to be debtor) from a family trust is not a fraudulent transfer.    

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Oxford Attempts to Isolate Word of the Year

Having fun with language today! One positive outcome of 2020 is the many words that have been creatively coined, such as  “infodemic” and “blursday,” that aptly describe social and economic reality.  In the workplace, there is much to appreciate from the “remote” opportunities and even more, the aspirational “in person.”  As we continue to chat…

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Entrepreneurs take Tik Tok Houses Public

A new breed of entrepreneurs is investing in social media stars, yielding volatile penny stock investments that are attracting teenagers.  West of Hudson Group operates a network of content houses where many influencers live and has taken them public through a blank check company.  This new trend seems to be begging for better scrutiny from…

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Chapter 15 Filings as Cross-border Connectors

Chapter 15 allows foreign companies to file US bankruptcy proceedings to protect US assets.  Over the past year, filings in Canada, Australia and the UK have spilled over to the US.  While each country has its own unique set of laws, these cross-border links demonstrate the truly global nature of insolvency and the need to…

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Will Student Debt become dischargeable?

The saga of student debt continues into the new administration.  Here’s to hoping that it will be treated like any other debt in bankruptcy in the future, treating Education Department backed debts like any other unsecured debt, and affording fresh starts to all.

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Opening The Digital Front Door in Telehealth

The “Digital Front Door” is a new integrated digital experience that empowers people to take an active role in managing their health.  It is based on the use of personalized mobile and web platforms, many of them created by start-ups.  Spurred by COVID-19, established healthcare systems have forged relationships with these start-ups, opening the door to enhanced care.

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Telehealth, Mobile health and AI Q3’20 Results

For those interested in a comprehensive yet concise survey of the various digital health sectors, unicorns, investors, trends and more, check out CB Insight’s State of Healthcare Q3’20 Report.  Lots of infographics and charts, and lots of promising up and coming companies, including a focus on Women’s Health.

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Venture Debt is a Growing Option for Start-ups

Venture Debt is a growing option for start-ups to access growth capital, while maintaining founder equity.  The terms of Venture Debt include fixed repayment with interest secured by company assets, with a mild equity twist.  This is a welcome trend, although piggy-backing on the prior infusion and support of Venture Capital.  

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