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Successfully Selling Your Business: Top 6 Potential Pitfalls

Among the growing number of business owners looking to sell their business, JR and Sue Ellen Pawlenty are in the market to sell their darling Pawlenty Energy. This month, Tilting the Scales highlights a variety of issues is...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - June 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startup spending guide: When freebies will do - Startups can benefit from free services to make their websites more efficient and user-friendly. See these...more

Top Ten Seller Mistakes

In his recently published book, Perfect your Exit Strategy: Seven Steps to Maximum Value, Seattle investment banker Thomas Metz highlights what he sees as the top ten mistakes made by sellers of businesses. Family-owned...more

CDX Holdings, Inc. v. Fox: Chancery Court’s Decision Is Affirmed, But Dissent Blasts Use of “Hindsight Bias” Analysis

On June 6, 2016, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed a decision of the Chancery Court finding that corporate directors and officers involved in a sales transaction breached a contract with option holders to fairly value...more

Delaware Law Updates – The Duty of Loyalty: Anything But ‘Hazy Jurisprudence’ on an Exacting, But Narrow, Standard

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Court of Chancery—In re Chelsea Therapeutics International Ltd. Stockholders Litigation., Consol. C.A. No. 9640-VCG—Vice Chancellor Glasscock was faced with a claim that the board of...more

Will We Continue to Uber and Lyft, or Will We Start to "VW?"

Volkswagen’s $300 million investment in ride-hailing service Gett is not exactly earth shattering news these days for the automotive industry. But what did catch our eye here at the Dashboard was what Volkswagen said,...more

Saving Time and Money when Selling a Small Business

Advance planning is crucial when you decide to sell your small business. You need to be at the center of that planning. Don’t abdicate your responsibility for selling your business to your lawyer, your accountant or your...more

So You Want To Sell Your Business… PART 3 of 4 – Valuing Your Business for Sale

If you have read and acted upon the first two installments of this Client Alert series, you know the reasons why you have decided to sell your business, and you have positioned your business to be as attractive as possible to...more

Contractual Or Tortious Damages: What Is The Difference (And When Does It Matter)?

There are different measures for calculating damages depending on whether the claim is for a contractual or a tortious cause of action. Where both claims are available, a party is free to choose whichever measure produces the...more

6 Tips for Chicago Startups Seeking Funding Outside Chicago

Chicago startups have more local funding options than ever before. However, many founders remain hungry to obtain funding from elsewhere—especially from the venture-rich east and west coasts. Trouble is, for reasons both...more

SEC Chair Warns Silicon Valley That Unicorns Need To Be Watched and Monitored

Speaking last week at the SEC’s and Rock Center’s Silicon Valley Initiative at Stanford Law School, SEC Chair Mary Jo White cautioned Silicon Valley’s start-up companies regarding their potential lack of internal controls. ...more

Fold ‘Em or All-In? A Dealer’s Guide to Succession Planning

Bet, fold, bluff, raise, and all-in. These are all common words when playing a game of poker, or as some call it, Texas Hold’em. Would you believe that just as with playing poker, these words could also be used when talking...more

Headwinds in Venture Funding: Strategies for Companies in 2016

By all measures, much of 2014 and 2015 were strong years in venture capital funding. The current forecast is, however, less optimistic for founders looking for venture backing; the end of 2015 saw a pullback in private...more

Chancery Court Continues to Close the Door on Disclosure-Only Settlements and Fees (But Opens a Window for “Mootness Dismissals”)

As previously discussed here, in 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a number of decisions calling for enhanced scrutiny of “disclosure-only” M&A settlements that involve no monetary benefits to a shareholder class. ...more

Smart Selling And Buying: 5 Main M&A Pitfalls to Avoid

Marcellus Shale drilling was taking off, and the owner of an oil and gas service company fielded a buyout offer from a Wall Street private equity firm. Golden opportunity, right?...more

IPOs and IPAs: Ballast Point Transaction Illustrates Benefits of a Dual-Track Approach

The menu for craft breweries raising capital and looking for investor liquidity now includes another viable alternative – public offerings. With the filing of public offering documents by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits and...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2015

Unicorns and Other High-Valuation Deals - Over the last several years, the number of private companies with valuations in excess of $1 billion has skyrocketed, with daily reports of births of new “unicorns.” As the...more

Court Of Chancery Accepts Merger Price In Appraisal Action

When the merger price is the product of a full market check by a disinterested Board without interference from a controller and is approved by the stockholders, the Court of Chancery is inclined to give that price weight in...more

What Is a Subprime Unicorn?

Christopher Mims had an article in the Wall Street Journal recently titled “The Dangers Ahead if Tech Unicorns Get Gored.” In his article, Mr. Mims discusses the potential collateral damage of a failed unicorn. The article is...more

Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings: First Quarter 2015

The Numbers - Venture financing activity in New England decreased modestly in the first quarter of 2015 (-12%) with Seed and B/ Later round activity each decreasing by roughly 20% over Q4 2014. Despite this overall...more

FINRA Publishes FAQs Regarding Research Conflicts of Interest in the Offering Process

In late May, FINRA published a set of Frequently Asked Questions regarding its equity research rule, which address interactions between issuers, research analysts, and investment bankers in various stages of the offering...more

Making the Most of Earn-outs

Earn-outs, where additional consideration is paid post-completion based on the performance of a target business, are becoming increasingly common in private M&A transactions. Our recent survey of European deals between July...more

Transferring the Family Business Timing is Everything

One of the most important factors to consider in any business succession plan is the timing of the transition of ownership. Whether a sale or a gift (or combination of the two), no transition should occur before the next...more

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #2: Stage Your Company

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #1: Set Realistic Pricing Expectations

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community –...more

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