Ambassador Roman Macaya Hayes, Costa Rica Meeting with John Mosheim and David Muchow on Renewable Energy
Ambassador Macaya Hays met with John Mosheim, Principal, GHG Engineering, LLC; and David Muchow, Managing Partner, Muchowlaw, and others. This meeting was sponsored by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), GHG Engineering, and the Embassy of Costa Rica. The Ambassador has been presenting Costa Rica´s achievement in renewable energy to business leaders, academia, and NGO´s interested in understanding how the energy matrix of Costa Rica works and its different components of renewable energy. The Costa Rican model has balanced the need for economic growth while continuing the clean energy path to deep decarbonization.
Energy Law and Transactions' Latest Update - Most complete reference work of its kind, now available from LexisNexis
David Muchow, managing partner, Muchowlaw and of counsel to Mogel & Sweet, announced that Energy Law and Transactions, the most comprehensive energy reference work of its kind, has now completed its semi-annual update. This seven-volume treatise, also available on LexisNexis CD, is a treasure trove of information on energy from more than 100 energy law experts. First published in 1990 and updated semi-annually, it is an industry standard frequently cited by the courts. Comprehensive coverage of the energy industry includes traditional energy sources such as oil, gas, electricity, and coal, and nontraditional energy sources and technologies such as hydroelectricity, solar, nuclear, biomass, and cogeneration. These energy sources and technologies are discussed from cradle to grave - that is, from exploration and production through transmission, distribution, and final consumption by the end-user.
Muchow and William A. Mogel, Partner, Mogel & Sweet, are the Co-Editors of this treatise. It can be found at: LexisNexis: https://store.lexisnexis.com/products/lexisnexis-cd-energy-law-and-transactions-skuSKU11370/details
Practically written with model forms, tariffs, checklists, illustrations, and tables, it is a valuable tool for the energy practitioner involved with the preparation of energy contracts, sales and leases, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, tax, commodities, accounting, business, consulting, public utilities, and international transactions. It offers coverage generally not available in another single source:
- Spot market, brokering and energy futures transactions
- Wheeling of electricity, transportation of gas (natural, SNG, LNG) and oil (via pipeline and tanker)
- Application of antitrust laws to energy transactions
- Practice and Procedure chapters on discovery, recovery of attorneys' fees, Freedom of Information Act, judicial review, preemption and settlements
- Energy financing and bankruptcy
- International energy transactions
- Directories of regulatory agencies, companies and associations involved with energy;
- Internet resources and energy conversion tools; and
- A comprehensive, illustrated glossary of energy terms, with over 4,500 definitions
Cornell Program on Startup Law, Business and Finance, in Washington, DC
Dave Muchow, serial entrepreneur, business and corporate lawyer, moderated a panel for the Cornell Club of Washington, DC on How to Start Your Own Company. Muchow discussed the steps in forming a company, along with practical legal, and business considerations to grow the company to success. Panelists included intellectual property expert Frank DeCosta, Partner, Finnegan Henderson, etc. al.; and Marco Rubin the Sr. Investment Dir. for the GAP Funds at the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT).
M&A - Muchowlaw served as Counsel for an acquisition by a leading trade association of a major foundation’s clean energy program with thousands of members.
Muchowlaw has years of experience in for-profit and non-profit merger and acquisitions, both in the US and internationally.
David Muchow, and other Executive Committee Members of BCSE with Senator Murkowski
Dave Muchow, General Counsel, with other Executive Committee members of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), at the 25th anniversary of BCSE with Senator Murkowski (R. Alaska), Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. BCSE is the leading trade association for renewables, energy efficiency, and natural gas, and plays a major role as a business representative in climate change and other international programs.
Muchowlaw is counsel to Kickstarter campaign for startup Bloomcatch, Inc. – Basic legal and business tips for Kickstarter participants
Muchowlaw and Bloomcatch, Inc. have produced a Kickstarter campaign on Bloomcatch’s new smart phone software to instantly identify plants and “Put the Power of Nature in the Palm of Your Hand.” Bloomcatch has a unique and simple, self-learning software that increases the accuracy of plant identification with a smart phone while linking consumers to experts in gardening – along with other features. Just take a picture of a plant and get the answer. This web cast also provides startup and Kickstarter companies with some basic legal and business tips from Muchowlaw on how to set up company and avoid legal problems. Clink on this link to see the Kickstarter webcast.
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Counsel to Artificial Intelligence (AI) company
Muchowlaw has become outside counsel to a new company that is applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to meet the needs of military and aerospace contractors and the Department of Defense.
The Firm has become General Counsel to a new energy foundation
Muchowlaw is General Counsel to a newly formed energy foundation and served as counsel in creating the foundation. This non-profit foundation will provide educational products and services on renewable energy, natural gas and energy efficiency.
Developing Renewables and Conventional Energy Resources on an Indian reservation
Our firm has been selected by a company that has exclusive rights with a Western Indian reservation to assess and develop the major energy resources such as solar, wind, coal, biomass, etc. on the reservation.
Muchowlaw is counsel to an Energy Services Company (ESCO) Merger
We are counsel to a retail energy firm regarding purchasing retail energy assets from another firm.
Immigration Visa Business Purchase
We are counsel to a foreign investor seeking to purchase business assets in the US under the State Department's Visa program
Muchowlaw Becomes Counsel to High Tech, Wireless Laser Firm for DOE, DOD, and DHS applications
Dave Muchow, Managing Partner, Muchowlaw, has become counsel to a high tech wireless laser firm. These lasers operate at very low power and low cost, and can be used to increase energy efficiency in buildings, detect health problems, and to identify harmful elements in the air and liquids for DOD and DHS.
Muchowlaw is Counsel to an Internet Marketing Firm
Muchowlaw is providing legal and practical business advice to an internet marketing firm that provides marketing services to small and medium size companies and helps clients get superior marketing results at more competitive rates.
Dave Muchow is a Judge at Georgetown University's Startup Competition
Dave Muchow, corporate lawyer and CEO, served as a judge of startup concepts at the Startup Hoyas Challenge at Georgetown University. With the support of Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, the Georgetown Entrepreneurship initiative enables students in every part or the university, graduate and undergraduate, to see the world as entrepreneurs do, while providing the knowledge and skills they need to act on their insights and add value to society.
Muchowlaw Provides a new Course on Start Up law with General Assembly, Wash., DC
Muchow law is providing a 3 hour course,"Start up Law Made Easy, Everything you need to Know About the Law," at General Assembly in Washington, DC. Dave Muchow, corporate law expert, serial entrepreneur, and CEO, will be presenting this course that will cover basic requirements and practical business tips for startups. General Assembly is the international organization that helps entrepreneurs learn technology, design, and business skills from industry professionals in our global community.
Muchow on Startup Law 101 for Cornell Webinar and DC Entrepreneur Week
Dave Muchow, corporate and startup law expert conducted a webinar for Cornell's Entrepreneur Network on October 3. The topic is "Startup Law 101, What Startups Need to Know About the Law, Reducing Legal Fees, and Managing Lawyers." Dave is a tech CEO, board member, advisor, and counsel to many startup and other companies and nonprofit organizations. He also moderated a panel on "Legal Tips for Startups in Today's Economy" for DC Entrepreneur Week in Washington, DC on October 9 and is a frequent speaker on corporate law, technology, and entrepreneurship.
Some of the topics on Cornell's Webinar include:
- What legal steps are needed to start a company?
- My father just gave me $5,000 for a startup. Do I really have to file with the SEC?
- How can I protect my intellectual property but still tell people about the product?
- What can I do myself and when do I really need a lawyer?
- How much will lawyers cost and how can I reduce costs?
- How can I manage my lawyers?
Muchowlaw is supporting a broad array of new clients with legal and corporate advice that helps businesses grow more successfully
We're supporting start up and mature companies with corporate strategies, regulatory compliance, creative financing, and marketing plans to build client's success. For example, we are:
- Helping Veterans Find Jobs. Dave Muchow has become a Board Member and General Counsel to a new social networking, internet company that is helping returning veterans find jobs more easily in the civilian world; and
- Education. Helped establish a new foundation to support educational programs for inner city youth
- Creating More Efficient Energy Products and Services. Serves as General Counsel to an energy company helping to provide energy efficient consulting services and more efficient power systems to commercial office building managers in New York and Washington, DC
- Developing Government Procurement Opportunities. We Created a detailed go-to-market strategy for a renewable energy company looking to do business with the military
- Immigration and Project Finance. We Worked with UK and US Immigration authorities to provide a new, C-level manager with investment capital to a US-based, international import/export business
- Web-Based Financial Services. We helped a start company with an innovative on line brokerage concept, using social media techniques; and
- Heath IP and HIPAA Compliance. We are helping several companies develop new, on line (Internet Protocol or "IP") marketing and intellectual property strategies while negotiating Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations for on line privacy protection.
Muchow Speech to Atlantic Council on Fracking-Balancing the Risks, Rewards, and Public Trust
In an address to the Atlantic Council, a preeminent institution promoting transatlantic cooperation and security, David Muchow, energy company CEO, noted that support for fracking from the public, investors, and policy makers ultimately depends on trust. This trust is built by providing enough facts so that these and other stakeholders can make sound judgments on the risks, rewards, and level of regulation required. It involves balancing many factors such as: What is fracking's impact on jobs, roads, water and air pollution, who owns the title to surface subsurface recycled fluids (and minerals recovered in the process), how much water is needed, how much can be recycled, and what level of regulation is appropriate? Muchow described several solutions that can be useful to all stakeholders to build support for fracking based on facts and trust.
SEC Makes it Easier for Businesses to Raise Equity - Votes to End 80 Year Ban on Publicizing Unregistered Stock Offerings
The SEC has moved to end the 80 year ban on publicizing equity offerings that haven't been registered with the SEC. On July 10, 2013, the SEC voted (4-1) to make it easier for small businesses to raise funds from accredited investors. Under the new rule, businesses raising funds can notify the SEC 15 days before publicizing it. The issuer must take reasonable steps to verify that sales are to only to "accredited investors" – generally investors with a net worth of over $1 million excluding the value of their primary residence. Hedge fund investors need to have at least $2 million in net worth, excluding their primary residence. New SEC safeguards to protect the public also have been issued. Muchow, an SEC counsel, points out, however, that critics are concerned that: 1) more misleading advertising could be generated by the rule; and 2) that the process is not actually easier because SEC is requiring that companies take additional steps to verify that investors are accredited. The new rules were effective on September 23, 2013. The SEC's action implements Section 201(a)(1) of the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act) and continues the general trend toward breaking down the barriers between those raising and providing funds, such as crowd funding companies like Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Muchowlaw Presentation to DC Incubators, Beacon, and The Hive 2.0
Dave Muchow, Managing Partner, Muchowlaw, moderated a presentation on business law and finance with Kathi Cover, intellectual property expert, at Wash. DC’s business incubator, the Hive 2.0.
This program was sponsored by Beacon, the DC Women’s Founders Initiative – a leader in women’s entrepreneurship.