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Fox Academy: Your Trusted Source for the Knowledge To Maintain Your Edge

Maintaining a professional edge in today's economy means being fluent in the legal issues that can affect you and your clients.

Fox Academy can help you stay ahead. We offer:

  • Courses customized to your and your clients' needs
  • Flexible venues – yours, ours, a location of your choosing or as a webinar
  • CLE, CPE and HRCI credits
  • Experienced faculty

Corporate Structure & Governance

Financing an Early Stage Company
Venture capital financings continue to be one of the most popular methods through which technology startup companies raise funds. This presentation focuses on the “VC” term sheet, using it as a springboard to discuss the meanings and legal implications of various VC financing terms of art, the purpose of the various documents in a financing and how these terms and financing documents affect emerging companies and their founders.

The “Not So New” Form 990: An Analysis of its Hybrid Role in Disclosure of Financial, Tax and Corporate Compliance Issues
Understanding the form 990 is complex for even the most seasoned professionals. For the lay charitable board member, that complexity can be downright intimidating. How can CPAs help bridge the gap, whether as professionals or board members? Our presenters will discuss the Form 990 in detail and provide guidance to the CPA so that they may fulfill their role in the Form 990 process

Private Sellers/Public Buyers: Selling to a Public Company
This discussion covers drivers of M&A activity on buy and sell side; pre-sale planning; due diligence; tax law changes for public buyers and private sellers; structural considerations; accounting issues affecting public buyers; and common mistakes preventing sellers from closing with an attractive valuation.

Structuring Corporate and Partnership/LLC Buyouts
Our instructors identify key tax considerations when structuring a buyout, including redemptions and cross purchase, basis issues and ordinary income vs. capital gains.

Succession Planning for Closely Held Business Entities
Our faculty will explore the various challenges that can arise, such as sensitive family issues, complex tax considerations and commercial matters that can impact the company's bottom line and long-term goals.

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Emerging Issues

Power to the Crowd! The Promise (and Pitfalls) of Crowdfunding
The passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act gave life to crowdfunding — providing early-stage companies with a potentially revolutionary new way to raise capital. For startups without access to traditional fundraising methods — senior lending, mezzanine lending, venture capital or other capital sources — crowdfunding could dramatically alter the capital-raising landscape. Our faculty will discuss what crowdfunding is, potential ramifications for early-stage companies and how the SEC may choose to regulate this new tool.

Wellness Programs and the Law: Understanding the Basics
Employee wellness programs are a growing trend around the country that employers are using as an effective tool to lower health insurance costs. In order to effectively design and implement a wellness program, employers must understand the legal status of these programs and how the laws related to employee benefits impact their establishment and operation. Our presenters will provide a practical overview of the laws surrounding wellness programs and provide answers to important questions.

That's the Ticket! Contests, Sweepstakes & Promotions Social Media
Every type of company can benefit from this primer on the quickly evolving field of sweepstakes law. If you or your client's business is promoting itself using social media, this is a must-attend program.

Surviving a Breach: Data Privacy Precautions
We'll explore the impact of a breach involving your customers' private data, specifically highlighting the legal issues and discussing in-depth how a breach can affect your company in the long- and short-term.

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Government Relations

The Legislative Landscape: Working With Your Representatives
Explore top legislative issues at both the state and federal level. Discuss how key initiatives involving education, energy and health care may impact your business. Weigh your options for the best course of action to have your voice heard.

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In-House Counsel Considerations

The Attorney-Client Privilege in Corporate Internal Investigations
Hear an overview of the latest issues related to attorney-client privilege and a comprehensive discussion on each of element in the context of an internal investigation. Gain practical pointers on preserving privilege.

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Intellectual Property

Ethics in Patent and Trademark Prosecution
Our faculty will provide an overview of the Code of Professional Responsibility, which governs the conduct of patent agents, attorneys and other persons practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We'll review the disciplinary rules and provide examples of conduct subject to discipline, as well as highlight the investigations and proceedings conducted and sanctions imposed by the Office of Enrollment and Discipline.

The America Invents Act: Changes Corporate Counsel Must Consider
The most significant change to patent law in nearly 50 years means major changes. Our instructors will translate the intricacies of the law, how it impacts companies and how to use it to your advantage.

Trademark Considerations in Building a Better Brand
Brand strength is crucial to corporate success. We explore keys to a successful integration of IP strategy and business planning.

Maximizing Value of Corporate Intellectual Property Assets Following the America Invents Act
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) signed into law on September 16, 2011, makes numerous changes to U.S. patent law and USPTO practice. These changes necessitate a reevaluation of business strategies for patent prosecution, litigation and technology transfer. This discussion will highlight practical considerations for in-house counsel and technology transfer professionals in view of the AIA. Topics to be considered include provisions of the AIA that potentially affect practices for internal invention review, patent prosecution, litigation and collaboration and license agreements.

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Tax

The ABC's and 123's of Code Section 501(c)(3) Organizations: Everything You Want To Know But Have Been Afraid To Ask
Our presenters will discuss the difference between nonprofit corporations and exempt organizations; why it is advantageous to qualify as a Code Section 501(c)(3) organization; the disadvantages of Code 501(c)(3) status; how to obtain a Code Section 501(c)(3) exemption; the limitations, restrictions and prohibitions applicable to Code Section 501(c)(3) organizations; and will provide an overview of private foundations, public charities and supporting organizations.

Minimizing Your Client's Exposure: Independent Contractor v. Employee
This program will provide an overview of the compliance implications for a hiring firm when classifying a worker as an independent contractor versus an employee. The presenters will discuss the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor standards and criteria for both classifications. There have been recent provisions which promote the sharing of information between these two agencies. The presenters will discuss how these new provisions will impact employers.

Estate Planning After the Tax Relief of 2010
The new $5 million estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax exemptions provide a window of opportunity. Our faculty will focus on how you can help your clients seize the planning opportunities and strategies presented by the Act.

Changes for Gift, Estate, Generation Skipping and Income Tax Planning
This program highlights the 2010 legislative changes for gift, estate, generation skipping and income tax planning and discusses how these changes affect the manner in which you should advise clients.

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Entertainment

Whose Rights Are They Anyway? The Ongoing Battle between Labels, Publishers, Artists and Songwriters Over Copyrights.
The first copyrights for works created after 1978 may be eligible for reversion to the works' creators in 2013. This timely seminar will look at the process of transferring copyrights to -¬and recovering them from -- record labels and music publishers under U.S. Copyright Law as the new year rapidly approaches.

Legal Aspects of Digital Marketing
This presentation focuses on the legal issues one must be aware of when utilizing digital marketing strategies, including intellectual property law, Internet law, new media law, trademark and copyrights.

Representing Celebrities in a Time of Crisis
When your celebrity client is in trouble, you better know who to call and what to do. Whether civil or criminal issues are involved, we will discuss how to effectively handle your celebrity client's crisis and avoid (or at least minimize) irreparable damage to their reputation, finances and career.

The Nuts and Bolts of the Entertainment Business: Gaining a Competitive Edge by Understanding the Legal and Business Complexities of the Ever-Changing Marketplace
This presentation uncovers the many legal intricacies interwoven through all facets of the entertainment business – from negotiating contracts to resolving business disputes and everything in between. It is a foundation course for those looking to gain insight on the many legal aspects involved with this ever-changing industry.

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Other

Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Property from Cyber Criminal Activity

Recent foreign cyberattacks have prompted government regulators to once again remind American businesses to take significant precautions. Coupled with an executive order to protect certain computer systems, the United States Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have provided funding and regulatory guidance in a number of areas to help American businesses with this task. This program is designed to assist counsel, executives, managers and employees in navigating the ever-expanding boundaries in protecting IP from cybercrime and will address types of cyberdangers, regulatory efforts and various cybersystems. We also discuss and consider policies and procedures designed to prevent intrusion and theft as well as effective responses to cyberattacks that minimize damage to one's company and bottom line.

Affordable Care Act: Prepare for 2013 and Beyond

On June 28, the United States Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). This decision has triggered a variety of changes into action in the new year. This program offers insight into both the imminent and long-term impacts of the Act in 2013.

Politics and the Law

A former two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives covers a variety of hot-button public policy issues in the areas of health care, energy and technology and venture capital that remain in a state of flux. The program is designed to answer such questions as:

  • What will ObamaCare look like?
  • What current investment opportunities exist with Health Information Exchanges?
  • Will the federal government improve patient care and benefits to veterans?
  • Will Congress continue Production and Energy Tax Credits?
  • Will post-election legislative changes, particularly on tax policy, affect venture capital investment?

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