Venture Briefing: Congress' Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Further Protect Trade Secret Owners Venture Briefing: Congress' Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Further Protect Trade Secret Owners

Venture Briefing: Congress' Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Further Protect Trade Secret Owners

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U.S. Nears Rule Requiring Banks to Identify Shell Company Owners
The U.S. Treasury Department is close to releasing a plan to shine a light on the owners of shell companies, with the goal of cracking down on tax dodges and other financial crimes. New rules, long in the works, will require that banks know and reveal who is behind shell companies that have accounts.
(Source:, 2016-04-07) Read the full article
Obama Moves to Reduce Corporate Tax Inversions, Mergers
The Obama administration is increasingly taking aim at corporate mergers as the bustling market pumps out deals at a record pace, placing business titans at odds with Washington amid swirling political angst. The action has fueled tension between U.S. corporations that believe the government doesn't adequately grasp economic factors and political leaders who say companies are taking advantage of tax loopholes and vulnerable consumers.
(Source: USA Today, 2016-04-07) Read the full article
V.C.'s Want Piece of 'Unicorns,' But Burnout Signs Concerning
After a lengthy boom, the financing climate is starting to shift, and startups face an even harder time convincing venture capitalists to loosen the purse strings. Those investors are anxious to get an early stake in the next generation of "unicorns," the companies like Uber and Pinterest that went, seemingly overnight, from being fledgling niche players to businesses with billion-dollar valuations.
(Source: Guardian, 2016-04-17) Read the full article
Cyber Risk Exposure Can Have Big Impact on M&A Deals
Big merger and acquisition proposals trigger intense examinations of the benefits and risks of the deal from both sides -- valuations, assets, legal liabilities, operational risk exposures, and compatibility, among others. However, it is also critical that companies elevate another factor to the top of the priority list: their cyber risk exposure.
(Source: xconomy, 2016-04-11) Read the full article
Department of Justice to Boost FCPA Enforcement by 50 Percent
The Department of Justice is hiring 10 new prosecutors and launching a new pilot program aimed at enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), according to an announcement. The DOJ's fraud unit will see a 50 percent bump in prosecutors devoted to FCPA enforcement, which focuses on bribery and accounting fraud in countries outside of the U.S.
(Source: Fierce Health Payer, 2016-04-12) Read the full article
SEC Seeks Input on Financial Statement Disclosure Effectiveness
The SEC, in its continuing efforts to improve the effectiveness of disclosures in companies’ financial statements, voted to issue a concept release seeking comments on potential improvements to Regulation S-K, an SEC spokesman said. As company financial reports have grown in length over the past several years, regulators and accounting standard setters have wrestled with the question of how to make the reports more effective.
(Source: Journal of Accountancy, 2016-04-13) Read the full article
Just 1% of Latino-Owned Businesses Received V.C. Over 5 Years
In the world of venture capital, Latino-owned businesses are rarer than billion dollar unicorns. Only about 1% of all Latino-owned businesses created between 2007 and 2012 in the U.S. received venture capital or angel investments, according to a report by the Stanford Graduate School of Business that surveyed roughly 1,800 businesses.
(Source:, 2016-04-12) Read the full article
PCAOB Proposes New Guidance for Supervision of Auditors
The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has proposed new guidance for lead auditors' supervision of other auditors, citing inspections that have found deficiencies in other auditors' work. The board said its oversight activities have shown that the supervision of other auditors is an issue at some firms, in some cases because the other auditors have different business practices, cultural norms, languages, and quality-control systems from the lead auditor.
(Source:, 2016-04-14) Read the full article
Congress' Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Further Protect Trade Secret Owners

Businesses today rely more than ever on the secrecy of their data, financial information, special techniques, and their business opportunities to differentiate themselves in the marketplace and gain a competitive advantage. If this information is treated properly, it can be considered a valuable trade secret of a business and add intangible value to the bottom line. Read full article online.


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By The Numbers

Startups based in the US attracted $12.1 billion in venture capital during this year's first quarter, up slightly from Q4 of 2015, according to NVCA and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Source: TechCrunch - What bubble? VCs spent $12 billion on startups in first quarter



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