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General Counsel Are Paid More in Stock Than Cash

For most general counsel, the pot of gold is actually filled with stock.

That's what it looks like in a new report on general counsel pay trends anyway. According to Equilar, 62 percent of GC pay at the largest companies last year was delivered in stock. At tech companies, regardless of size, about 63 percent of the compensation was in stock.

The trend confirms that the biggest paydays sometimes depend entirely on market value -- the company's, not the attorney's.

Tips for Shoestring Startups With No Investors

'Shoestring budgets,' according to American Heritage, came from British prisoners who lowered shoes by their laces from windows to collect money from passers-by.

Fact or fiction, everybody who starts a company knows the meaning of a shoestring budget. It means they don't have a lot of money to run the business.

Still, the British tale works because to start a business you may have to beg, borrow, but not steal -- unless you want to join the prisoners in the story. Here are some tips for startups that don't want traditional investors:

Utah Approves White-Collar Crime Registry

There are the sex-offender registries, and then there's the white-collar crime registry. Utah can take credit for being the first state to pioneer such a thing.

The registry seems to have sprung out of a need to keep track of the state's rising incidents of something known as "affinity fraud."

In-House Salary Trends Remain Stable

According to a report composed of data compiled by Major, Lindsey & Africa Consultants, in-house lawyers enjoyed relatively stable incomes from 2014 to 2015. But Miriam Frank, Vice President of MLA, cautioned that the numbers may mislead because some compensation is classified as an equity, not compensation.

Justice Dept. Seeks Clarification on Insider Trading

Last week, the United States went back to the Second Circuit to ask for a rehearing in United States v. Newman, where that court overturned the convictions of two hedge fund managers for trading on inside information.

The Second Circuit rejected Newman and Chiasson's convictions on a "tipper/tippee" theory of liability, prompting onlookers to urge Congress to clarify what the heck qualifies as insider trading.

Back in October, we posted about JP Morgan and the DOJ's tentative settlement, and yesterday, a $13 billion settlement was finalized, and announced, reports The New York Times.

As one banking analyst stated to the Los Angeles Times, "[b]efore the crisis, Big Brother was asleep on the couch ... Now Big Brother is coming back with a vengeance."

One of the main reasons you left BigLaw and became in-house counsel was so you could get away from the infamous billable hours. But, increasingly, corporations are looking for ways to measure the performance of their legal departments.

As the ACC stated: "You can't manage what you can't measure." Since what we're really talking about is cost control and management -- it can be divided in two general areas: spending and matters.

Does your company offer a finder's fee for locating investors? If so, you may find that your finder's fee agreement may not be enforceable, a new article at Inside Counsel warns.

Companies that seek to raise money through a private securities offering routinely dole out finder's fees, attorney Randy Johnson writes for Inside Counsel. Finder's fees are usually determined by how much money the finder's efforts bring in for the company.

But a legal issue arises when the finder is not properly licensed as a broker-dealer. In that case, the finder's fee agreement "is an illegal contract and is likely unenforceable," Johnson writes for Inside Counsel.

In-House Lawyer, Patent Agent Pleads Guilty to Insider Training

Insider-trading can make you rich. And, oh yes, it can also just as easily land you in jail. Haven't we all learned how well the whole "greed is good" thing worked out for from Gordon Gekko on "Wall Street?"

An in house attorney in San Diego apparently did not.

Alternative Fee Arrangements Becoming More Popular

Billable hours are still king of the castle when it comes to law firm billing. Alternative fee arrangements, however, are increasing in popularity for a variety of reasons, according to The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. The alternative billing scheme can be a benefit to both a firm and clients.

Some 56% of in-house counsel polled in a recent survey responded that alternative fee arrangements may be here to stay. Why? Because they often provide a more predictable measure of costs to clients. Although this may not necessarily translate into savings for a client (or losses for a firm), it can serve to keep business coming in -- a welcome sign for many firms hit hard by the recession.