Legal Challenges Part 2 - Capital Structure Issues for African Startups

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In Part Two of their discussion of the legal challenges facing startups in the African VC system, Rossie E. Turman III, Deangeor Chin, Raquel Smith, and Tolulope "Tolu" Adetayo address the topic of possible pitfalls in the way that startups allocate company ownership or capital structure issues, particularly in negotiating terms with potential investors. They explain managing the expectations investors may have regarding their potential returns, liquidation preference, or degree of control, as well as challenges arising from cross border transactions, vesting and exiting, and recordkeeping.


Rossie E. Turman III, Partner and Chair, International Finance; Co-chair, Africa Practice
Deangeor Chin, Counsel, Africa Practice, Debt Finance, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital

Raquel Smith, Counsel, Africa Practice

Tolulope "Tolu" Adetayo, Law Clerk, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital

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