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Crowdfunding and Real Estate Development

By: David Carroll.

The real estate development market continues to open up to crowdfunding, and the changes to capital raising for real estate projects could be significant if only a small portion of the potential of these new methods take hold.  It appears that the changes are well underway. In previous blogs, our Business Transactions Team has described […]


New Era in Private Capital Raising – Opening Up General Solicitation and General Advertising

By: David Carroll.

The next few years may be the largest watershed event in opening up private equity capital since the 1980s when Regulation D was first published by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). By allowing general solicitation and general advertising in private offerings the SEC has now opened a new and potentially revolutionary method for raising […]


Sands Anderson Report on Creditors Committee formation in Alpha Natural Resources Chapter 11

By: Roy M. Terry, Jr..

An Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (“the Committee”) was appointed on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 in the Chapter 11 case of  Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (“ANR“). ANR’s bankruptcy case was filed on August 3, 2015 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division. After interviewing those representatives of unsecured creditors who […]


Sands Anderson Report on First Day Hearing in Bankruptcy Filings of Alpha Natural Resources

By: Roy M. Terry, Jr..

Lawyers from the bankruptcy team of Sands Anderson attended “first day” hearings in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (“Alpha”) and its 149 related companies held on August 4, 2015 in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division. The bankruptcy case represents the latest significant filing in […]


New Era of Capital Raising: Sorting Through the JOBS Act’s New Capital Raising Rules

By: David Carroll.

Since the enactment of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) in 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) has slowly been making its way through the titles to the JOBS Act to promulgate the final regulations for implementation of the act. This is a short synopsis of the various new rules and […]


Redskins Trademarks – Answers to Key Questions Regarding Recent Ruling

By: Chris Mackenzie.

Last week, the U.S. District Court sitting in Alexandria, Virginia granted what would appear to be a sweeping victory to a group of five Native Americans who have renewed attempts to cancel the federal registrations of certain trademarks owned by Pro-Football, Inc. (“PFI”), the corporate parent of the Washington Redskins. In what has been a […]


Virginia Commercial Real Estate Bills – Effective July 1, 2015

By: Brian Pitney.

Sands Anderson’s Commercial Real Estate Team followed the 2015 Virginia legislative session for bills related to the real estate industry. Below is our selection of the top five we felt you would find most relevant to your business. For our full list, click here. If you would like to discuss any of these and how […]


A+ for Raising New Capital

By: Brian Pitney.

Access to capital for private companies just became easier and most likely cheaper.  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s amendments to Reg A under the Securities Act of 1933 went into effect on June 19, 2015.  Known as Reg A+, the amendments allow fundraising without having to become a fully registered public company, subject to […]


Rogue CFO IV – The Company Response

By: David Carroll.

In this series we have considered the problem of a rogue CFO, or other executive officer, who defrauds or steals from the company. The focus has been on measures that are designed to prevent the high-level fraud from occurring in the first place. But what actions should the company take when it suspects that an […]


Virginia Business Law: Donald Sterling and the Law on Audio Recordings

By: Stefan Calos.

This isn’t really about Donald Sterling, the now-infamous owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. It’s about what made him a household name.  Audio recordings have been causing businessmen and politicians problems for years. What are the rules?  Some states require that everyone involved in a conversation know it is being recorded. In Virginia, however, only one […]