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ESOPs: An Alternative Exit Strategy for Family-Owned Businesses

One of the most difficult challenges for owners of family-owned businesses is finding a way to turn their equity in the business into cash. Also, after putting years of hard work into a business, owners often have a desire...more

To Sell or Not to Sell Your Business? That is NOT the Question

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Business buyouts are red hot, and pricing is back up to where it was before the Great Recession, thanks to cheap financing and a stronger U.S. economy. The fact is that this market won’t last forever. Feeling the pressure...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2017

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Entrepreneurial Exit Strategy – Prepare Yourself - You are likely not thinking about an exit when starting your company, but Entrepreneur explains why it...more

ESOP: An Exit Strategy

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

One way for business owners to transition their ownership to their employees and to receive liquidity for their shares is through the creation of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). According to the National Center for...more

Retirement is Coming: How to Broker Your Throne Away

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

We’ve all heard the chatter (or read about it in this blog). The owners of family businesses need to start thinking about their exit strategy. To put it in perspective, Robert Nason of John Molson School of Business reveals...more

Jones Presents at NCBA Estate Planning and Probate Section Annual Meeting

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Charlotte Wealth and Estate Planning Member Chris Jones spoke at the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Estate Planning and Probate Section Annual Meeting in Kiawah Island, SC on July 28. The presentation titled,...more

Corporate Venture Capital 2017 - Structures, Challenges, Success Factors

In a time of ever-shorter innovation cycles and the increased digitalization of many value-added chains, established businesses need to constantly evolve and reinvent themselves – even going so far as to rethink their core...more

Corporate Venture Capital 2017 - Strukturen, Herausforderungen, Erfolgsfaktoren

In a time of ever-shorter innovation cycles and the increased digitalization of many value-added chains, established businesses need to constantly evolve and reinvent themselves – even going so far as to rethink their core...more

Appraisers’ Valuations Are Light-Years Apart, But Does That Make Them Hired Guns?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The title of this post notwithstanding, the judge’s decision in the recent, high-stakes stock valuation case I’m about to describe, featuring a clash of business appraiser titans whose conclusions of value differed by almost...more

Irredeemable: Delaware Case Will Make Redemption Rights Tougher to Enforce

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Venture capital funds routinely negotiate for a right of redemption – the right to require the company to buy out their shares after a certain period of time if an exit has not occurred – as a key element of their exit...more

Brexit: The EU's Negotiating Directives

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has published draft objectives for the first phase of the Brexit negotiations, focused on citizens' rights, the financial settlement and a continuing role for the European Court of Justice (ECJ). This...more

Navigating the Lifecycle of an Eponymous Brand (Part 3)

In this three-part series, we identified three distinct seasons in the lifecycle of an eponymous brand: (1) Choosing the Brand, (2) Commercializing the Brand, and (3) Legacy of the Brand. In Part 1, we discussed what is at...more

Litigation Alert - "L.A. Lakers Story: When a Family Feud Disrupts the Family Business"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

A family-owned business brings with it a unique set of issues and complicated family dynamics can often result in major difficulties. Sports franchises are not immune. As the NBA playoffs continue (Go Rockets!), the family...more

Sellout: Why Control is Key in the Sale of VC-Backed Companies

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Every founder of a growth startup dreams of a big, successful exit — a sale of the company for millions of dollars. But that dream could be shattered if the investors are able to cause the company to be sold prematurely with...more

Termination of a Third-Party – Planning Can Reduce the Pain

by Thomas Fox on

The European concern Airbus has been in the news recently for corruption issues. According to an article in the Financial Times (FT), entitled “Airbus sued by middlemen fired following fraud inquiry”, its annual report lists...more

Event Recap: The 12 Most Common Mistakes to Avoid in Selling Your Business

DWT recently hosted “The 12 Most Common Mistakes to Avoid in Selling Your Business,” a seminar examining the common challenges affecting owners of family and closely held businesses on the subject of succession and estate...more

Capital gains not employment income for management participation returns

by Hogan Lovells on

On October 4, 2016 the German Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof) delivered its decision in respect of matter number IX R 43/15. The decision was not published until January 25, 2017 but was eagerly awaited by, in...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Starting a New Business? Include These Five Provisions in Every Formation Agreement"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

The ultimate success of a business often rests on the ability of its owners to make sound decisions up front - an ounce of prevention, if you will - and avoid bigger problems that might arise later. This principle...more

"UK Prime Minister Outlines Objectives for Exiting the EU"

On January 17, 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech in London outlining the government’s objectives for exiting the European Union (EU). She set out a “Plan for Britain”, including 12 priorities for the...more

Buying To Sell: Private Equity Sponsor Exits

by Bennett Jones LLP on

According to Pitchbook Data, Inc., Canadian private equity sponsor exit activity in 2015 reflected a year-over-year jump of more than 20 percent in volume. In addition, S&P Capital IQ data for Q3 2016 shows a year-over-year...more

Being Prepared To File Business Divorce Litigation May Yield a Negotiated Agreement

Business owners who are having a dispute with their business partners (in New Jersey) should not read this blog and assume their only remedy is shareholder dispute litigation. Because of the cost – both in legal fees, and to...more

Doing Business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

As the third largest recipient of foreign direct investment in the region, not to mention its standing as the region’s largest economy, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is of significant interest to foreign investors, particularly...more

European Commission Establishes Brexit Negotiation Task Force for UK Exit Negotiations

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission established a task force to prepare and conduct negotiations with the United Kingdom. The Task Force will assist the Commission on all strategic, operational, legal and financial issues related to the...more

Blog: Prep to Sell – Getting Ready for an M&A Exit

by Cooley LLP on

OK, so you have made the decision to explore a sale of your company. What can you do to make the deal go smoothly and put your best foot forward? Clean the House. Ask your outside counsel and accounting teams to help...more

Is Your Health Care Facility Prepared for an Active Shooter?

by Baker Ober Health Law on

How prepared is your health care facility for the unimaginable? No one wants to think an active shooter situation could occur on their hospital campus or in their medical facility. But, the more prepared you are, the better...more

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