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21 March 2006

Behind the curtain: VC due diligence is no mysteryp

If you ask ten funded entrepreneurs what happened during the VC due diligence process, you will get ten different answers, according to Vince Occhipinti of Woodside Fund. Some will say they lost valuable months answering endless questions for VCs that never produced a term sheet. Others may admit they gained valuable insights to their business.

9 March 2006

The need for speedp

Venture capitalists may find potential portfolio firms asking for their funding yesterday, says Jeffrey P. Blanchard of First Capital Group, but VCs often prefer to point to the sign behind their desk that reads: 'The lack of proper planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on our part.'

7 March 2006

When is a hedge fund not a hedge fund?p

Hedge funds have long played a role in financing private equity deals, says SJ Berwin, but their continuing move into the space more typically occupied by buy-out funds has generated considerable interest recently.

8 February 2006

The arts of communicationp

Internet entrepreneur Isabel Maxwell is well-experienced in dealing with communication issues between Israelis and their Silicon Valley counterparts. In this Israel Venture Capital Journal article, she presents her insights and offers concrete suggestions on how to close the communications gap.

7 February 2006

The due diligence process: how venture capital firms choose their investmentsp

First Capital Group examines what you can expect a venture capital firm to examine while the VC is reaching a determination regarding funding an enterprise.

9 January 2006

Early exits: the triggers for venture firms to sell their portfolio investmentsp

Entrepreneurs often swap stories of venture capital firms who attempt or succeed in forcing the sale of a portfolio company against the management team's wishes. Yet there is much that can be done on both sides to prevent disagreements regarding a portfolio company's sale.

21 December 2005

The City Code on Takeovers and Mergersp

The main principles and rules governing the planning and day-to-day conduct of a takeover offer for a UK public company are covered by a non-statutory set of general principles and rules, says Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, as set out in The City Code on Takeovers and Mergers.

7 December 2005

European Food and Drink Reportp

Europe's food and drink industry is going through a period of change, as new markets, technologies and patterns of consumer behaviour threaten to overturn the status quo - while simultaneously creating opportunities for private equity firms, 3i says in this report.

29 November 2005

Do venture capital firms eliminate incumbent management teams?p

Entrepreneurs and their management teams approach venture capitalists to fund not only their ideas, but also their approach to executing their schemes. One doubt that nags at many, however, is that the venture capital firm will use their financial leverage to terminate the founding management team, replacing them with the venture capitalists' personal choices for successors.

19 October 2005

International valuation guidelines: a big step forwardp

Fund managers have to value their venture capital and private equity investments on a regular basis as part of the reporting process to investors. But, notes SJ Berwin, this valuation process is a complex matter: it involves ascribing values to illiquid companies.

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