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Considerations for Emerging Companies in the COVID-19 Era


Baker Botts and The Ion will present a webinar on the considerations for emerging companies in the COVID-19 era. The global health crisis, business downturn, and uncertainty around the outbreak of COVID-19 are providing businesses large and small with unprecedented business, financial, and legal challenges. Welcome to the world of crisis management.

Below is an overview of some of the legal and other considerations for emerging companies when responding to the constantly evolving COVID-19 landscape that will be discussed during the webinar:

  • Crisis decision-making
  • Employer considerations (including Communications, Health and Safety, Work-From-Home Policies, Compensation, Layoffs and Technology)
  • Cybersecurity/Data Privacy
  • Insurance
  • Supply Chain (including “force-majeure” clauses)
  • Emergency Succession Planning
  • IP Considerations
  • Tax Response
  • Fundraising
  • Exits
  • Sustaining Operations and Finding Opportunities

We welcome your questions or concerns, please submit them in advance when you register. We will endeavor to answer them directly, providing our insights as to the likely impacts on your company in the coming weeks.

Our speakers will include Michael Torosian (Co-Leader of the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital Practice, San Francisco and Palo Alto), Jennifer Trulock (Labor & Employment Practice Group Chair, Dallas), and Cynthia Cole (Privacy and Data Security, Special Counsel, Palo Alto), with an introduction by Gaby Rowe (Executive Director, The Ion).

Register here for access to the webinar recording.

About The ION
The Ion is a nucleus for innovation in Houston, fostering a community and culture where entrepreneurs and corporations come together to solve some of the world’s greatest problems. This 270,000-square foot structure is designed to bring Houston’s entrepreneurial, corporate and academic communities together into collaborative spaces and programs. The former Sears Building will support businesses at all stages of the innovation lifecycle and provide resources for Houstonians seeking to participate in the innovation economy as a part of the South Main Innovation District.

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