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The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2014

We are pleased to report that the venture market remained robust during the third quarter of 2014. For the second consecutive quarter, 81% of all deals were up rounds, once again the highest percentage recorded by the WSGR...more

Buy-Sell Considerations: Are Valuation Formulas Effective?

I see many types of buy-sell agreements in the course of my work, including stock transfer, close corporation and shareholder agreements. And, unfortunately, I also see many that contain ambiguous terms or outdated...more

California Seeks to Clarify Standards of Review for Hotel Property Tax Assessment Appeals

Hotels are one of the most misunderstood properties when valued by local assessors for property tax purposes. A hotel’s enterprise activity is comprised of tangible property, in the form of real estate and personal property,...more

Public Projects and Business Losses – Who Gets What and When?

Most of us have been inconvenienced by road construction or other public works. Streets can be more congested, exits closed, and traffic re-routed, making it more difficult to get to the restaurants, yogurt shops, book...more

Should've, Would've, Could've: High Court Rules On The Use Of Hindsight In The Valuation Of A Target Company

In Ageas (UK) Ltd v Kwik-Fit (GB) Ltd & anr [2014] EWHC 2178 (QB), 4 July 2014, in a claim for breach of warranty under a share purchase agreement, the defendant's warranty and indemnity insurer, AIG, argued that the...more

Genco Shipping Valuation Leaves Equity Interests Under Water

A chapter 11 plan can only be confirmed if it does not discriminate unfairly and is “fair and equitable” to any non-accepting impaired class. In this case, the issue was whether the debtor’s projected “reorganization value”...more

What Should the Trustee of a Private ESOP Do?

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently entered into an agreement with GreatBanc Trust Company settling claims relating to its service as trustee of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) holding stock of a private company....more

Seed Capital Review: Fall 2013 Survey Of Angel Financings

Welcome to the first installment of Seed Capital review, written by members of the entrepreneurial Services Group at Gray plant mooty. this is our first periodic report analyzing seed capital being raised by companies in...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - First Quarter 2014

We analyzed the terms of 156 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2014 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in 1Q14 were very...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2014

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s experience confirms reports that the market remains positive overall, with up rounds comprising more than three-quarters of all venture deals in Q1 2014, the highest proportion in several...more

Successful Planning and Exit Strategies for Government Contractors in 2014 and Beyond

In this presentation: - Federal Market Overview and M&A Trends II - Value Creation Strategies - Introduction to Aronson Capital Partners - Excerpt from Value Creation Strategies: - Key contracts are a...more

Making data count

Good data processed quickly and seamlessly is critical for modern businesses. Get it right and it will improve profitability and company valuation. Get it wrong and it may cost you dearly. Think of “Big Data” and what...more

Successful Growth Through Acquisitions

Many midmarket companies have long recognized the need to grow their businesses by acquisition to supplement internal organic growth. Particularly, in the present challenging low growth economy, acquisition may be the only...more

Some Valuation Observations Relating To LLC Interests

A recent Tax Court case addressed some interesting issues relating to the estate tax value of an LLC interest. Below is a summary of these issues....more

Preparing for Exit: Will Your Environmental Liability Disclosures Comfort a Buyer?

Our firm is often retained to assist companies evaluate environmental risk/liabilities during acquisitions and divestitures. Whether a company is preparing to divest non-core assets, or preparing for a stock sale, contingent...more

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