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The ReSET – A Winter’s Tale

Here we go Again. Who else feels an ill-defined tinge of malaise this time of year? For me, it’s not without some guilt. There’s much to appreciate; if you have faith (however experienced), health, family and friends, what’s...more

Blog: Negotiating the Venture Debt Term Sheet

Now that you’ve decided that borrowing money is a better option than doing an equity round, how do you determine the terms of the loan? Venture debt lenders will typically present you with a term sheet so you can evaluate...more

The ReSET – Handling Pesky Employees Who Get in the Way of a Deal

Two interesting conversations played out recently – one dealing with the fallout from employees who tried to hold a company sale hostage, the other tentatively exploring how to give employees in advance a stake in the...more

Mutual Funds As Venture Capitalists? Evidence from Unicorns

In a recent paper, authors Sergey Chernenko, Josh Lerner, and Yao Zeng consider investments by mutual funds (“cross over funds”) in 99 unicorn companies. Given the rise in recent years of investments by cross over funds in...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why Was the Winter for Venture Capital Funding so Short? While we all thought winter was coming, it looks like VCs are already enjoying spring thanks to the...more

The Top Ten Regulatory and Litigation Risks for Private Funds in 2017

Private investment funds and advisers are likely to face new regulatory challenges and increased litigation risks in 2017, not only because of a change in the administration, but also because many advisers have not corrected...more

Venture Funding Normalizes in 2016 After Strong First Half

Last month, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), a trade association representing the U.S. venture capital industry, released the results of its Pitchbook-NVCA Venture Monitor report on venture funding for the...more

The State of Venture Capital in 2017

After three years of strong growth, venture capital financing activity slowed noticeably in 2016. According to data published by Pitchbook and the National Venture Capital Association, companies raised $69.1 Billion in 2016...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2017 #5

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startup Funding Trends Point to Double-Digit Growth and an International Future - If the season’s got you down, the always awesome David Rose is out with a...more

Unicorn Survey - As of December 31, 2016

This survey analyzes the financings of 31 US-based, venture-backed unicorns that raised money in 2016. It also includes comparative data from our prior surveys covering unicorn financings in 2014 and 2015. Our prior surveys...more

"Regional Focus: Asia"

A number of economic and political factors, both domestic and international, influenced M&A and capital markets activity worldwide in 2016. Skadden attorneys Christopher W. Betts, Will H. Cai, Z. Julie Gao, Bradley A. Klein,...more

Alberta Investor Tax Credit: Alberta introduces a new investor tax credit aimed at small business

On January 16, 2017, the online application portal for the Alberta Investor Tax Credit (AITC) opened to Alberta small businesses seeking to benefit from the recently introduced AITC and it will remain open until the 2017...more

Alert: Upcoming Regulatory Deadlines and Compliance Checklist for VC and PE Firms

This alert highlights near-term regulatory deadlines that commonly apply to venture capital and private equity firms. For a more detailed description of regulatory and contractual requirements that commonly apply to venture...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2017 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: President Trump’s Anti-Regulation Policies Might Actually be Good for Tech Startups - Could the new administration’s policies actually benefit startups?...more

Top three trends in venture debt for 2017

As the bank regulatory environment continues to tighten, and the private credit markets expand, venture debt remains a go-to source of working capital for venture-backed growth stage companies. While the terms, players and...more

Why Luxembourg remains a jurisdiction of choice for private equity

1. Framework for an exit from an SARL - Prior to 23 August 2016, any transfer of shares to non-shareholders of an SARL was subject to the prior approval of the shareholders holding not less than 75% of the SARL's share...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2017 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Want to Ruin Your Relationships? Ask Family and Friends to Fund Your Startup - A true "friends and family" round is one way to make holidays more awkward. ...more

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Program Participation by Unleveraged Funds

A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)....more

Pay-to-Play Enforcement Sweep Snares Private Equity and Venture Capital

On January 17, 2017, the SEC announced nine settled enforcement actions for violations of the pay-to-pay rule against private equity, venture capital and hedge fund sponsors. The firms involved agreed to pay monetary...more

Want to Ruin Your Relationships? Ask Family and Friends to Fund Your Startup

When you need cash to fuel your startup, it’s tempting to “think local.” The people with the strongest ties to you—relatives, friends, college roommates, running buddies, and co-workers—are the ones who believe in you. You’d...more

Investment Outlook 2017: Deal trends in the GCC

When oil prices dropped two years ago, it took a while for the severity and durability of the new oil-price environment to sink in. The response came in 2016: governments focused on cutting expenditure, sending a cascade of...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - January, 2017 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Securing Your Series A Round in 2017: Five Things to Do Now - Series A deals declined in 2016, but you can still beat the odds with the right planning and...more

DIFC to Launch FinTech Hive

The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) is set to launch the FinTech Hive—an accelerator program for developing financial technology (fintech) start-ups and entrepreneurs—in the first quarter of 2017. The FinTech Hive...more

China's Stringent New Rules on Yuan Transfers Could Hinder EB-5 Fundraising

The Chinese government has enacted new rules severely limiting foreign currency transfers out of China. The scope of the limitations are not clear but the Xinhua News Agency reported that Chinese banks advised their customers...more

Open for business – private equity investment in the Vietnamese retail sector

Vietnam's retail sector is among the fastest growing in Asia, with increasing disposable incomes, rapid urbanisation, rising living standards and a relatively young consumer base. These factors have, together, fuelled...more

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