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Startup Equity and Compensation: Getting the Money to the People Who Earned It

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Whether considering the founders or the newest partners, compensation issues crop up throughout the life of a startup. Many startups don't carefully plan the distribution of equity and profits until they have started earning, but by then the best choices may no longer be available. The decisions you make early in the life of your startup can help maximize the amount of your earnings that go to your employees, and minimize the amount going to the IRS. This seminar will explore how issues of tax, fairness, valuation, and investor rounds face every startup will when dealing with compensation, whether they are prepared for it or not.

Tax implications of compensation decisions Using new rounds to adjust ownership percentages Dividends International investors, employees and partners Valuing sweat equity New and departing partners Advance Registration to this event is required through . Once you have RSVPed on this page, please proceed to registration at EventBrite (

Kenneth Appleby
Partner with Foley & Lardner LLP. Ken advises clients concerning the tax aspects of both domestic and international merger and acquisition transactions; tax optimized structures for the creation, holding and disposition of intellectual property; equity and deferred compensation plans; joint ventures; formation and operation of exempt entities; and multi-state tax planning (with a particular emphasis on state taxation of intellectual property). He is co-author with Marvin Petry of Taxation of Intellectual Property and Technology.

Toby Dingemans

CFO Genesis Media LLC. Toby is a seasoned business and transaction advisor with extensive experience developing, analyzing and challenging business plans and the underlying business and industry assumptions. He is the CFO of Genesis Media LLC, an online video advertising company, and was previously a strategy and M&A consultant, an investment banker and private equity professional.

Vinay Jain

Business Development Director & Legal Counsel at Flavorpill. Flavorpill is a platform for cultural discovery that encourages its users to get off the couch and lead more engaging, enriching lives. Vinay joined Flavorpill after having been a startup founder and an attorney with Skadden Arps.

David Klein, co-moderator

David is a technology lawyer with the national law firm Foley & Lardner. His practice covers technology transactions of every type and he has worked with many startups. He was a programmer earlier in his career, so he speaks tech as well as lawyer.

Britton Payne, co-moderator

Brit is a copyright and trademark attorney with Foley & Lardner, LLP, and teaches "Copyright, Trademark and Emerging Technologies" at the Fordham University School of Law. He has a prior career in the arts, including a run as an award-winning Flash animator.