Live Webinar: Trends in Tech M&A

Are you interested in learning more about mergers and acquisitions in the tech market? Get a peek at the current and future outlook of the tech M&A market with our latest webinar, Trends in Tech M&A. Get the inside scoop on the tech M&A market, including the current state of the industry, when to sell, and how to leverage metrics and buyer behavior to get the best deal.

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5 Big Biotech IPOs of 2016

This year has not exactly been the year of the IPO. In addition to fewer overall offerings, the total value of the IPO market is far less than last year. Nonetheless, certain industries are continuing to see a fair amount of activity, and biotech in particular has done relatively well. Here are some of the big biotech IPOs of 2016:

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Startup Successes & Failures of 2016

Everyone loves a good startup success story, and there have certainly been plenty over the last decade. Of course, for every startup success story there are likely countless failures, and those usually do not get quite the same attention unless they managed to make some headway before their collapse. Here is a brief look at the notable startup successes and failures this year:

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The Biggest Mergers & Acquisitions of 2016

This year, a lot of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) ended up falling apart. However, even though this year was not as strong as the prior year, there were still plenty of high value transactions. There continues to be consolidation among firms in technology, healthcare, life sciences, and communications, but plenty of other industries saw some fairly large deals as well. Here are some of the more noteworthy transactions that occurred:

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How to Perform Painless Technical Due Diligence

Fundraising rounds and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are complex transactions that inevitably necessitate a stringent due diligence investigation. Depending on the industry of the companies involved, the due diligence process may entail one large investigation that is broad in scope or multiple, separate investigations that focus on discrete topics. In the tech industry, it is becoming increasingly common for companies to submit to technical due diligence. This usually isn't quite as involved as the financial aspect of a due diligence investigation, but it is incredibly important when technological systems and capabilities will determine whether the deal can move forward. Here are the main areas that companies need to be prepared to have analyzed closely during this sort of due diligence investigation:

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Why Technology Is Not The Weakest Part of Your Security

These days, companies of all sizes and across all sectors must implement a data security plan. Many companies have access to a trove of valuable client data that must be protected. And, most of these same companies also have employee records that contain important information, such as social security and bank account numbers for tax and payroll purposes. Obviously, the documentation containing such items must be safely stored in virtually the same manner and with the same diligence that client data is protected. Plus, for plenty of businesses, there is more than likely a ton of sensitive company data that must be safeguarded as well.

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Is Your Company's Buyer in Asia? - Webinar Recap

This morning we hosted a great webinar, "Is Your Company's Buyer In Asia?" with Corum Group. Our presenter, Jim Perkins, gave an in depth overview of the growing trend of buyers out of Asia looking to invest in and acquire technology companies out of North America and Europe. Jim also reviewed how you can reach and leverage Asian buyers, deal structures, and the various opportunities and risks potentially associated with doing a deal overseas. The slides and recording for the April 28, 2016 webinar are available for download. Find out more...

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Tech's Favorite Deal Makers

Investments in the tech sector continue to be all the rage, with countless startups clamoring for venture capital funding and existing enterprises turning to the big guns in finance to guide them through extremely high value transactions. But, there are a handful of investment bankers, in particular, that have really made a name for themselves in Silicon Valley. Here are some of the top tech deal makers, although they are not listed in any particular order:

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China, Canada, and Clean-Tech

By now, everyone has likely seen some of the disturbing pictures of the heavy smog that is smothering the Chinese capital, Beijing. This environmental pollution is the unfortunate byproduct of many years of extensive manufacturing and production, all for the sake of economic growth and domination. Unfortunately, the millions of residents in this sprawling metropolis are now paying the price for this relentless oversight, with the potential health implications not yet fully understood. 

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Is FinTech the Future of Venture Capital?

It is always difficult to state with any certainty the direction that venture capital funding will take, as the economic climate and market trends have varied quite a bit over the last few years. Nonetheless, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of financial-technology companies, commonly called "FinTech,” and venture capitalists seem to be quite interested in funding these popular new endeavors. FinTech just may be the future of venture capital, and here are a few reasons why that may be the case:

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