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Hedging COVID-19 Pandemic Risks in Early-Stage Financings

In recent posts, we reviewed “down-rounds” and hedging COVID-19 pandemic risks in M&A. This post complements them and focuses on early-stage life sciences companies and their potential investors. While the customary development timelines for life sciences companies may seem less prone to risks associated with COVID-19, the pandemic still resulted…

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Hedging COVID-19 Pandemic Risks in M&A: PPP Loans

During the COVID-19 pandemic, M&A counsel and their respective life science clients have attempted to navigate the new normal of an unprecedented situation.[1] In addition to impacts on due diligence, material adverse effects clauses, termination provisions, contingent payment mechanics and representations, warranties and covenants, potential acquirers have also had to…

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Nasdaq Takes a Stand: Board Diversity is Good Corporate Governance, Not a Trend

On December 1, 2020, Nasdaq filed a proposal with the SEC to adopt new listing rules relating to board diversity and heighted disclosure.  Nasdaq’s position is clear – “diversity in the boardroom is good corporate governance.”  Citing the recent social justice movement and a wide range of studies linking board…

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Down Rounds 101

Private life sciences companies looking to raise funds in the current environment might face the prospect of a “down-round” – a financing round at a lower pre-money valuation than the post-money valuation in prior round(s). “Down-rounds” raise various risks and considerations for both companies and investors. “Down-rounds” affect both ownership…

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UK Government Announces 'Future Fund' Financing Package for Start-Up Technology and Life Sciences Companies

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The UK Government has announced a new fund that provides financing to UK start-ups and scale-ups in the form of a convertible loan which is invested directly by the Government. For further detail on the fund please see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/future-fund. Read the Alert >>

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Update: U.S. Health and Human Services Clarifies Broad Eligibility of Providers for Payments Under $30 Billion CARES Act Healthcare Provider Relief Fund

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As discussed in Goodwin’s prior Client Alert, on April 10, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began disbursing $30 billion to Medicare providers and suppliers under the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSS Emergency Fund). HHS is requiring providers to agree to certain terms and…

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Key Considerations for U.S. Public Company Compensation Committees in Light of COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, U.S. public company compensation committees face unique challenges as they focus on retaining and appropriately incentivizing employees while evaluating the impact of the pandemic on the company.  This client alert provides a high-level overview of some key issues that compensation committees should be…

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U.S. CARES Act Supply Shortage Provisions: What Drug and Device Manufacturers Need to Know

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On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in response to the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been public discussion and concern over the availability and accessibility of critical medical devices, such as ventilators, and the…

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