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Court of Appeal looks past unregistered trading in ordering payment to investment finder

by Dentons on

For many junior resource company executives, deciding whether to engage investment “finders” can be like considering whether to breathe air. Such companies tend to have early-stage projects that don’t warrant debt financing...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q3 2017

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q3 2017 - The strong venture financing market of 2017 has continued in Q3. Amounts raised in Q3 2017 kept pace with the near-record highs earlier in the year. In addition, up...more

Seed Investment Structures for Startups: the SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity)

Convertible notes are popular financing instruments for structuring seed-stage investments because they offer a simple, cost effective means of documenting seed capital investments. The “Simple Agreement for Future Equity”...more

Equity Crowdfunding: For Illinois, This Is Just the Beginning

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

One of the top questions for every start-up and entrepreneur is, “Where am I going to get my funding?” After all, having a great product is one thing, but bringing that product to market, attracting a customer base, and...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - H1 2017

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for 1H 2017 - Strong median pre-money valuations for all rounds of financing ushered in nearly unprecedented median amounts raised in 1H 2017, particularly for Series C and later...more

The Emergence of Third Party Preferred Equity as a Financing Device

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Increasingly, buyout sponsors are turning to third party preferred equity as a financing tool for their transactions. Structured to be treated as equity for debt rating agencies, bank regulatory regimes and in-place debt...more

Why SAFEs Can be Confusing

by WilmerHale on

Entrepreneurs often raise capital with a combination of convertible notes and an agreement called a SAFE, or Simple Agreement for Future Equity. A SAFE seems like a no-nonsense DIY solution for early-stage companies—but...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2017

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q1 2017 - Up and Down Rounds by Quarter - Strong median pre-money valuations for late-stage financings accompanied a record-breaking $25.0 million median amount raised for...more

2017 Venture Capital Report

by WilmerHale on

Following record levels of financing activity and proceeds in 2014 and 2015, the venture capital market cooled in 2016, with a decrease in the number of financings and a sharp contraction in valuations. Despite the decline in...more

For closely held companies: Is there, or will there soon be, a significant lender in your life?

by Mintz Levin on

Ten considerations for closely held companies incurring debt in connection with minority investments by private equity sponsors, growth financing, or dividend recapitalizations....more

European Securities and Markets Authority Publishes Research Report on EU Securities Financing Transactions and Haircuts

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a research Report on securities financing transactions in the European Union and the use of collateral haircuts by firms. The purpose of ESMA's research is to...more

Financial Stability Board Finalizes Measure and Metrics of Non-Cash Collateral Re-Use in Securities Financing Transactions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Financial Stability Board published the final measure and metrics for non-cash collateral re-use in securities financing transactions. The measure and metrics are part of the FSB's global securities financing data...more

Loans Between Related Entities

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

What Was Intended? Over the last thirty years, I have reviewed the income tax returns of many closely held corporations and partnerships. Quite often, on Schedule L (the balance sheet), I will see an entry for “other...more

KISSes and Other Convertible Equity Alternatives…Are They SAFE?

In earlier posts, we have discussed convertible debt, which remains a popular pre-equity funding path for early stage companies. However, in recent years, alternatives to convertible debt have emerged that offer certain...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - 1H 2016

Dual-Class Stock: A Founder Favorite Faces Growing Investor Disapproval - Earlier this year, the investment firm T. Rowe Price adopted new voting policies that penalize companies with dual-class stock structures. They...more

Brexit: Three key points for the infrastructure sector

by Dentons on

With recent falls in the value of sterling causing price rises for some imported materials, the UK's infrastructure market is already seeing the impact of one generic issue that affects most domestic businesses. Depending on...more

Healthcare & Life Sciences Private Equity Deal Tracker: Warburg Pincus to Acquire Stake in Hygenia

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Warburg Pincus has announced it will invest in Hygenia. Warburg Pincus, headquartered in New York, is a PE firm that takes a long-term perspective and invest in businesses at all stages of development. It invests...more

An Emerging Trend in Early-Stage Company Financing? – After Years of Growing Ubiquity of Convertible Notes, a Return to Priced...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

After years of increasing acceptance of and reliance on convertible note financings as a mechanism for funding early-stage companies, we have noted a clear emerging trend away from such transactions (and others like them,...more

Factoring Convertible Debt into your Next Equity Round Price

In the past we’ve talked about structuring and maintaining capitalization tables and thresholds and mechanics involved in converting convertible notes into equity. It makes sense that convertible notes would impact a...more

Liquidity in Private Companies

by WilmerHale on

Traditionally, the management and investors of venture-backed companies would begin considering an exit for the company—an IPO or acquisition—as it entered the growth phase. Today, however, more and more companies...more

Convertible Debt Term Sheets – What Companies Need to Know

Convertible debt is a type of financing companies frequently seek as a prelude to their first significant preferred equity financing, or as a bridge round between equity financings. A convertible debt round will typically...more

Increasing Access to Equity Financing for Emerging Companies

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Emerging companies remain under-represented on Europe’s capital markets despite the introduction of measures to make equity financing more accessible. This was the overarching takeaway from a recent one day summit at which...more

Overview of Cap Tables

A company’s “capitalization” is, in one sense of the word, a breakdown of its ownership structure, in terms of equity and convertible debt. A new venture with just one founder, and no other parties involved yet, has the...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2016

From the WSGR Database: Financing Trends for Q1 2016 - The first quarter of 2016 saw a continued slowdown in venture activity and correspondingly less favorable terms for venture-backed companies. The percentage of up...more

Proposed IRS Debt-Equity Regulations: Aimed at PostInversion “Earnings Stripping,” But May Also Impact Ordinary Related-Party Debt

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On April 4th, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) under Section 385 which could dramatically change how related-party indebtedness is treated for federal income tax...more

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