On July 9, 2015, attorney Gabriela N. Smith spoke to a group of entrepreneurs about legal issues to consider when starting a new business. The presentation covered the following topics: General Regulatory Matters, Company Formation, including issues to consider in selecting a company name, and Contract Red Flags. Thank you, LiftFund for the opportunity to… Read more »
On July, 23, 2015, attorney Gabriela Noemí Smith will be speaking to a group of Argentinean software start-ups in her native city of La Plata in Argentina. The presentation will be hosted by La Plata HUB and the Distrito Informatico del Gran La Plata, and will be focused on the U.S. legal framework for doing business in the… Read more »
On July 21st, 2015, Gabriela will be presenting a seminar in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Argentinean software companies on legal issues affecting software companies doing business in the U.S. The seminar will cover a variety of topics including: structure of international expansion, contracts and transactions, intellectual property, visas, and U.S. regulatory framework. The seminar will be… Read more »
The Gabriela Noemi Smith Law Firm, PLLC, is pleased to announce that it received a certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). The certification was obtained after a rigorous analysis of the Firm’s minority ownership, potential, and financial stability.
Attorney Gabriela Noemi Smith, along with her colleague Marcos Ronquillo, recently participated in a breakfast meeting at the University of Houston where Argentinean Ambassador Cecilia Nahon discussed Argentina’s sovereign debt restructuring. The discussion was held in the President’s Board Room and included the participation of academicians and business leaders. The event was hosted by the… Read more »
The decision to outsource a service to an offshore location involves not only an analysis from the business and cost perspective, but also requires an understanding of legal, risk, and cultural aspects of the undertaking. A complete and thorough due diligence process tailored to the outsourced operation is a necessary step for success. From a… Read more »
Software development companies should conduct regular audits of their intellectual property to fully understand the rights they own and to make sure they do not, unwittingly, infringe on the intellectual property rights of their customers and competitors. Let’s go back to basics. Software and other related work product (i.e. manuals and other documentation) are protected… Read more »
The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently indicted Dmitrij Harder, a Russian national based in Pennsylvania, USA, for violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and the Travel Act in connection with Harder’s international consulting business. The indictment arises out of two consulting transactions involving Harder’s efforts to obtain financing for two clients from the London-based… Read more »
Companies engaging in international business should have a clear understanding of the corruption perceptions of each country where they engage in business. A telling report by Transparency International ranked 174 countries according to how corrupt the public sector is perceived to be in each of the participating countries. The report is an invaluable tool to… Read more »
“Aspectos Legales a Considerar al Abrir una Empresa” (Legal Aspects to Consider When Starting a New Business), October 2014, Presented at Accion Texas.