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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

The Life Sciences Report - Winter 2017

Consumer Digital Health: Market Shift Is Leading to New Opportunities - The newest wave of consumer digital health investment focuses on applications encouraging consumers to change health-related behaviors, shifting...more

Valuation Disconnect Leads to 2016 IPO Drought

2016 turned out to be a terrible year for IPOs, both in terms of number of deals and aggregate proceeds. According to Renaissance Capital’s U.S. IPO Market 2016 Annual Review, only 105 companies went public on U.S....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - December, 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: WTF is a Liquidation Preference? Hint: It’s not something you forgot from 10th grade chemistry or that you’re asked about by a mixologist at a fancy cocktail...more

2016 U.S. IPO Market Review

Renaissance Capital reported several record lows in their 2016 Annual Review of the U.S. IPO Market. A total of 105 IPOs were completed in 2016, raising $18.8 billion in proceeds—the lowest activity level since 2009 and the...more

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

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: 'Regtech' startups see more business in Trump era - Startups are beginning to react to the looming possibility of deregulation under the incoming...more

ICYMI: Energy & Environmental News Roundup

Oil & Gas - Bureau of Land Management Accepts Bids for Oil & Gas Leases in Wayne National Park - On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) began accepting bids for oil and gas leases...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - December, 2016 #2

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Here’s what that new Fed rate increase means for venture-backed startups - The US Federal Reserve made headlines this week by raising its benchmark interest...more

The Management Rights Letter…What Does it Do and Should I Sign it?

In the world of venture capital investment, there certainly is no shortage of paperwork and documentation to accompany every financing. Term sheets, stock purchase agreements, convertible notes, stockholders agreements and...more

KISSing SAFEly or SAFEly KISSing: The New Financing Instruments for Startups

As the startup community continues to expand around the country, there is an ever-growing need to understand different ways that a company can structure early stage financing so that it can be equipped to discuss with its...more

Presidential Pulse: 10 Key Ways the Trump Administration May Impact The Way You Do Business in 2017

Today marks just over a month since Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States. As each cabinet appointment is announced, we get more clues to help us predict which direction the Trump...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - December, 2016

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: 7 Lessons for Founders on How to Stick Your Neck Out - Successful entrepreneurs know how to stick their necks out without losing their heads....more

How Corporate Venture Capital Differs

Earlier this year, Union Square Ventures Managing Partner Fred Wilson famously referred to corporate VCs as “The Devil”, when he asserted that companies should not be investing in other companies, that they should be buying...more

The future of fintech M&A: Not just a ripple

Challenges may lie ahead, but nothing can stop the inevitable march of fintech dealmaking. Fintech has already proven its value and will play an undeniably large role in the provision of financial services in the...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - November, 2016 #4

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: The Tough Questions You Must Discuss Before You Take the Money - VCs and the founders should get on the same page before signing on the dotted line. ...more

Investment Highlights from CoinDesk’s State of the Blockchain

For anyone who hasn’t got around to reading CoinDesk’s third quarter State of the Blockchain report, here are some highlights pertaining to startup investment....more

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