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College Athlete Advocacy Lawyers
By Justin Sievert

At Vela Wood, we pride ourselves on passionately representing the interests of prospective and current college athletes nationwide. Read More

Head Coach Monitoring: Understanding NCAA Requirements and Proactively Protecting Your Interests
By Justin Sievert

While many head coaches believe their head coach monitoring responsibilities are being met, numerous infractions involving high-profile coaches indicate a disconnect between the expectations of the NCAA enforcement staff and NCAA Division I infractions hearing bodies, and current practices head coaches believe to be sufficient. Read More

The Name, Image, and Likeness Legal and NCAA Regulatory Landscape
By Justin Sievert

The purpose of this article is to summarize the name, image, and likeness legal landscape, and the rights athletes would have to commercialize their right of publicity depending on what is ultimately legislated. Read More

NAIA Passes Name, Image, and Likeness Legislation
By Justin Sievert

As college athletics awaits the NCAA’s proposed modifications to its name, image, and likeness legislation, the NAIA has become the first intercollegiate athletics governing body to pass legislation permitting athletes compensation for the use of their name, image, and likeness. … Read More

NCAA Compliance 101: Understanding the NCAA’s Drug-Testing Appeals Process
By Justin Sievert

The NCAA’s drug-testing program is designed to promote fair and equitable competition in college athletics and to deter college athletes from using performance-enhancing drugs or other banned substances. As part of the program, the NCAA provides year-round, championships, and bowl game drug testing. Read More

Add-On Acquisitions in Lower Middle Market Private Equity
By Paul Wolpert

While the second quarter of 2020 continued a COVID-propelled downward trend in M&A deal activity, there was a sharp increase in the proportion of sponsor-backed “add-on” acquisitions relative to overall deal volume. Read More

IRS States That DFS Operators Are Liable For Excise Tax
By Kevin Vela

A recent IRS Internal Memorandum has ruled that DFS operators must pay federal excise taxes on entry fees, a viewpoint that, if enforced, could have widespread effects on the fantasy industry. Read More

The Mechanics of Converting Convertible Notes
By Kevin Vela

Convertible notes are a great tool for venture financing, however, the actual mechanics of converting convertible notes is not a simple task and requires great care. Read More

Maintaining Sponsorship Partnerships During COVID-19 and Beyond
By Justin Sievert

Colleges and universities should make ensure they have a solid understanding of how COVID-19 may impact each sponsorship agreement and potential concerns each sponsor may have. Read More

Advisor Exclusions
By Lacey Shrum

There are some specific exclusions from the SEC and Texas state rule for what constitutes an Investment Adviser. Read More

Buying What You Are Selling
By Lacey Shrum

Unless there is an exemption, an Investment Company needs to file with the SEC and make certain disclosures to investors. Read More

The Advice You Give
By Lacey Shrum

Generally, any time you are giving advice you need to register. Attorneys, accountants, psychologists, etc. There is no difference when you are giving advice on securities.  Read More

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