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Focus on Innovative Start Ups

A company strongly inclined to technological innovation with no limitations as to the sector (from digital to manufacturing, from trade to agriculture) - Did you know there are many tax benefits (and otherwise) in the...more

Doing a Deal with the 800 lb Gorilla: Key issues for small food and beverage brands taking strategic investment

Strategic investors offer a dizzying array of benefits to food and beverage entrepreneurs. They also present unique risks not often found from typical angel or venture investors.  Entrepreneurs considering taking investment...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2018

While venture financing valuations and deal sizes were down in the first quarter of 2018 from the record-breaking levels of 2017, they remained high by historical standards. In Q1 2018, the percentage of up rounds for Series...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The High Court has a daunting lineup of decisions yet to issue this year, but it’s checking one off the list with yesterday’s 5-4 holding upholding the right of companies to use arbitration clauses in employment contracts “to...more

Will equity capital markets hold their strength?

Global equity capital markets have been surprisingly rosy so far this year, despite their fair share of challenges. Maartje Bus, Head of Capital Markets, examines the latest developments and the IPO outlook....more

Offering Exemptions Available to Companies Issuing ICOs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Issuing an initial coin offering (ICO) is a new and innovative way for companies to infuse capital into their enterprise. However, several regulatory agencies have increased their scrutiny of ICOs, including the U.S....more

Form S-3: To File or Not to File, That is the Question . . .

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Public companies that engage in capital raising activities from time to time must consider whether it is advisable to have an effective shelf registration statement on Form S-3 on file in advance of raising capital, or...more

Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey – First Quarter 2018

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Background – We analyzed the terms of 200 venture financings closed in the first quarter of 2018 by companies headquartered in Silicon Valley. Overview of Fenwick & West Results – Valuation results were generally...more

It’s just not cricket (but it is Blockchain)

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, the property press ran the tantalising story that parcels of Lord’s cricket ground were up for sale by New Commonwealth, an enterprise which describes itself as a “new property-owning democracy” that provides...more

What Private Companies Should Know About Primary Capital Raising

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Private equity and venture capital investors look for different terms and preferences at the various points of a company’s primary capital raising timeline. In this video series, Fenwick corporate partner Sam Angus discusses...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC has opened a probe into Guggenheim Partners’ asset-management arm over an $85-million real-estate transaction and a series of other deals involving ABS Capital—including a loan to BCBG Max Azria just months before the...more

Momentum Grows for Capital Raises in MJ Markets

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

The capital raised in the first five weeks of 2018, alone, matched deals for all of 2016. And the feeding frenzy has not decelerated, with the overall first quarter of 2018 seeing almost $3 billion in capital raises—more than...more

Investor Perspectives - Venture Fundraising Across Geographies

by WilmerHale on

This continues our series of blog posts recapping our QuickLaunch University webinar on VC investing and what to expect in 2018. If you missed the first three posts in this series, you can catch up on our Launch Blog....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Spotify’s unconventional (non-IPO) public listing is off and running, and though it’s early, it sure feels as if the risk was a good one, with the market valuing the company north of $30 billion....more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - March, 2018 #4

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Founders, Pay Attention to This Stuff—Not the Stock Market - WilmerHale Partner Daniel Zimmermann explains what should and should not get a founder’s attention...more

Small Business Credit Availability Act: Increasing Capital and Flexibility for Business Development Companies

by Dechert LLP on

Highlights - On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed the Small Business Credit Availability Act (the Act), which aims to increase the availability of funding to small to mid-sized private U.S. companies and startups by...more

Investor Perspectives - Corporate Venture Capital

by WilmerHale on

This continues our series of blog posts recapping our January QuickLaunch University webinar on VC investing and what to expect in 2018. ...more

Initial Coin Offerings in the United Arab Emirates

by King & Spalding on

Background - Against the backdrop of the increasing prominence of cryptocurrencies globally, initial coin offerings or ICOs are becoming commensurately popular as a capital raising method. ICOs, essentially a method of...more

The SEC Targets ICOs for Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

I am always amazed at how “business” entrepreneurs ignore enforcement risks in the face of specific warnings from regulators.  The SEC and the CFTC have made it clear to the emerging initial coin offering (ICO) and...more

Spotify Is Bypassing a Traditional IPO in Favor of Direct Listing. Should Other Companies Follow Its Lead?

by White and Williams LLP on

First Spotify changed the music industry. Now it might change the way we think about public offerings. On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Spotify filed its prospectus to go public through a direct listing on the New York...more

SEC, FINRA Target ICOs, Cybersecurity, Secondary Market Trading in 2018 Examination Priorities

Both the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently released their respective 2018 examination priorities, providing a glimpse into their plans for the year to...more

Investor Perspectives - Venture Fundraising in 2018

by WilmerHale on

During our January QuickLaunch University webinar, we were joined by three leading venture capital investors to discuss trends and themes in VC funding and what to expect in 2018. The panel discussion included insight on...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As has been buzzed about for several months, music-streaming startup Spotify has officially filed [directly] a prospectus for its listing on the New York Stock Exchange....more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Full Year 2017

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for 2017 - The strong venture financing market of 2017 continued in Q4, resulting in a record-breaking year for median valuations and amounts raised in Series B and later...more

As fundraising methods continue to diversify, the DFSA provides a robust regulatory framework for equity and loan based...

by Hogan Lovells on

On 1 August 2017, the Dubai Financial Services Authority ("DFSA"), the regulator of financial services and securities in the Dubai International Financial Centre free zone ("DIFC"), introduced a regulatory framework for loan...more

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