Webinar Spotlight on the legal aspects of scaling your start-up

When it comes to maneuvering your business through expansion and growth phases many legal topics keep you busy. With experts from Morrison & Foerster LLP in Berlin on board our webinar series provides you with profound knowledge to face legal growth challenges like a pro. During the live session of a webinar you also have the possibility to get your questions directly answered.

Morrison & Foerster LLP is part of the Deutsche Börse Capital Market Partner network.

Previous sessions to watch (German only):

Startups in times of COVID-19 – a 2020 recap and 2021 preview with focus on legislative changes

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused numerous changes of the law. In the area of tax law, measures were taken to support businesses during the crisis. What changes are particularly relevant for startups? What are the options when a financially precarious situation challenges the business model and restructuring measures become necessary? What are the plans of the German legislator to give the startup scene a boost? What new tax advantages are currently being discussed for employee participation schemes?

The tax experts Dr Jens-Uwe Hinder and Dr Jenny Broekmann from Morrison & Foerster LLP give you an insight on those questions and share hands-on experience with you in our webinar.


Restructuring measures - effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on tax resolutions and corporate law implications

In this one-hour webinar, we deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on various restructuring measures of enterprises subject to taxation in Germany. Besides the tax law consequences, we also point out the attendant corporate law implications.

The following topics are presented:

  1. Practice-oriented reorganization measures – an overview
  2. Debt waiver and subordination – tax particularities
  3. Tax treatment of reorganization profits
  4. Loss of shareholder loans – tax allowance for losses at the shareholder level
  5. Acquisition of shareholdings as well as conversions for the purpose of reorganization – the use and the continuation of tax losses carried forward

The tax law aspects are presented by Morrison & Foerster Partner Dr Jens-Uwe Hinder (right); and Corporate Partner Dr Jörg Meißner (left) discusses the corporate law implications.


How does the COVID-19 pandemic impact the enforceability of contracts?

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak to be a pandemic with a risk level “very high” on 11 March 2020. The German government as well as governments of other countries around the world have imposed quarantine measures on their citizens and businesses as well as severe travel restrictions. In addition, such measures as well as actual infections of employees or the high risk of infection with COVID-19 have led to the shut-down of production sites (for example in the automobile industries) and are interrupting local and global supply and delivery chains. 

This webinar discusses the circumstances that may allow suppliers, providers or customers to suspend or terminate the performance of their contracts or to request an adjustment of the contract terms as result of the pandemic. Such rights may arise under contract from force majeure and material adverse change clauses or under statutory German law. 

Kristina Ehle is an attorney at law in the Berlin office of Morrison & Foerster advising German and international clients at the intersection of technology and law.


"COVID-19 – labour and tax law consequences"

The following topics are covered in this episode:

Employment law:

  • Short-time work, especially new regulations starting from April 2020
  • Introduction of company holidays
  • Reduction of overtime accounts
  • Home office

Tax law:

  • Taxation of short-time work benefits
  • Taxation of payments under the Infection Protection Act
  • Tax aid measures to ensure the liquidity of the company

With Dr Jens-Uwe Hinder and Hanno Timner, both partner at Morrison & Foerster.


Cloud-and app-based software services – business models and contract issues

What you will learn:

  • the most relevant types of business models for cloud-based services
  • the business and legal problems you need to deal with in the cloud services contract
  • the regulatory requirements for use of cloud services by financial services providers and insurers
  • the new EU wide legal framework for consumer contracts on apps and cloud services

With Kristina Ehle, partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP


Employee participation programmes

What you will learn:

  • most relevant types of programmes for emerging companies
  • options for the legal structure
  • tax and structuring alternatives to mitigate a tax exposure
  • aspects of employment law

With Dominik Moser, Lukas Kawka, Hanno Timner, lawyers at Morrison & Foerster LLP


SE as legal form of later stage start-ups

What you will learn:

  • certain key specifics of the SE as a legal form
  • what possibilities there are to become an SE
  • how to avoid pitfalls when dealing with the employee representatives (in Germany and elsewhere)
  • employees’ rights within an SE structure 
  • how long it takes to switch into the SE form

With Dirk Besse and Hanno Timner, partners at Morrison & Foerster LLP 


Intellectual property rights

What you will learn:

  • how to legally protect intelligent systems
  • what possibilities there are to protect the results obtained by ML/KI from a legal point of view
  • what has to be taken into account from the provider's and user's point of view regarding the use and granting of rights to data or results when drafting contracts

With Kristina Ehle and Wolfgang Schönig, partners at Morrison & Foerster LLP 


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