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Foley & Lardner Advises Black Duck Software on Pending Sale to Synopsys

Foley & Lardner is advising Black Duck Software, Inc. on its pending sale to Synopsys. Massachusetts-based Black Duck is a leading provider of automated solutions and open source software. Synopsys provides high-quality, silicon-proven IP solutions for SoC designs. Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Synopsys will pay approximately $565 million, or $548 million net … Continue reading this entry

Selling a Company: Important Considerations as Discussed by the Experts

As tech founders and executives contemplate the possibility of exiting their companies, there are multiple factors they must consider. On May 3rd at FoleyTECH Chicago 2016, four seasoned entrepreneurs  came together to discuss their different reasons for, approaches to and ideas about selling a company.… Continue reading this entry

Corporate Venture Funds: Friend or Foe?

Many large corporations have set up, or are in the process of setting up, in-house venture funds. At the same time, early and later-stage companies are looking for “smart money” investors – funds that bring strategic and operational help along with cash. Are corporate venture funds the perfect match? Yes and no. Corporate venture funds … Continue reading this entry

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #5: Leverage Advisers Early

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community – to ensure their strategy encompasses all aspects of a sale, from understanding the environment to being accurate with pricing expectations. … Continue reading this entry

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #4: Utilize the Pool of Potential Acquirers

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community – to ensure their strategy encompasses all aspects of a sale, from understanding the environment to being accurate with pricing expectations. … Continue reading this entry

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #3: Understand the Current Funding Environment

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community – to ensure their strategy encompasses all aspects of a sale, from understanding the environment to being accurate with pricing expectations. … Continue reading this entry

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #2: Stage Your Company

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community – to ensure their strategy encompasses all aspects of a sale, from understanding the environment to being accurate with pricing expectations. … Continue reading this entry

Considering Selling Your Company? Tip #1: Set Realistic Pricing Expectations

Nearly every founder or executive considers selling their company at one point or another. Before embarking on the complex process, it is crucial for the company leaders – especially within the ever-evolving tech community – to ensure their strategy encompasses all aspects of a sale, from understanding the environment to being accurate with pricing expectations. … Continue reading this entry

Mark Your Calendars: 2015 FOLEYTech Summit

Join us on October 1, 2015 as we explore how the evolution of technology has transformed business and altered the investing landscape. Our 11th annual FOLEYTech Summit will bring together tech entrepreneurs, executives, managers, investors and advisers.… Continue reading this entry

Should Your Startup Become a Public Benefit Corporation?

With the increased attention paid to companies that feature public benefits or social impact as part of their mission or business plan and with the rise of social impact investors, more and more states are enacting public benefit corporation statutes (five will go effective this year). Delaware revised its statute to include the public benefit … Continue reading this entry

Do Founders Really Control Their Company With 51% Ownership?

Founders are often focused on maintaining at least 51% ownership of their companies. With 51%, they will be able to control the Company, and their destiny. At least that’s what they thought. In reality, the 51% control premium is often contracted away in the world of preferred stock venture financings. In a typical venture financing, … Continue reading this entry

Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt Part III: The Virtues of Convertible Debt for a Start-Up

Over the course of our “Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt” series, we’ve discussed the two common paths start-up companies take to structure a financing. In Part I, we discussed common stock financing and in Part II, we discussed a convertible debt financing.  In Part III, we will review the main principles start-up companies must remember … Continue reading this entry

Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt Part II: How a Convertible Debt Works

In Part I of our “Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt” series, we discussed one of the typical start-up financing structures, the sale of common stock, along with the issues that should be considered when setting a valuation. Based on the issues that arise with the sale of common stock, another financing option that tends to … Continue reading this entry

Why Start-Ups Use Convertible Debt Part I: Common Stock Financing and the Problem of Setting a Valuation

Most start-up companies turn to friends, family and/or high net worth individuals as the first source of capital to fund their operations. Banks will not lend to these companies since there are no real assets to collateralize the loans, and most venture capitalists and other institutional investors need to see a further developed company with … Continue reading this entry

Do You Need a Pre-Nup … for Your Co-Founders?

When you pop the question, “Will you co-found with me?”, you are probably not already thinking about separation. However, not all partnerships will go the distance. Personalities will clash. Creative visions will differ. Personal circumstances will change. Often, a parting of ways is sudden and less than amicable. Without a pre-nup, the departure of a … Continue reading this entry

When Should Vesting of Equity Grants Accelerate?

The importance of time-based vesting for equity and/or rights to acquire equity granted to founders and subsequent employees of venture-backed companies should not be understated. Equally important is what events should cause the agreed upon vesting schedule to accelerate. While the possible permutations for acceleration are endless, three primary flavors arise with great frequency: (i) … Continue reading this entry

Will the IPO Market Keep Its Momentum?

We’ve had a very active IPO market during the past year. A couple of reasons explain this phenomenon. First, institutional investors pulled back from the more risky initial public offerings after the crash of 2008. As the market recovered, the pension funds, mutual funds, and other institutional buyers focused their new investments on less risky … Continue reading this entry

Finding Investors and Investments: What Do You Look For?

Matching investors and investments is a two-way street. Investors and companies alike look for a good fit. Strategic investors are ideal for most growth companies. However, every company seeking capital must ensure that it fits into the particular investor’s model and goals. In fact, many investors look for particular things, and it is important to know … Continue reading this entry

Giving Stock to Your Employees — How and How Much?

Equity grants can be an attractive alternative to cash when compensating employees, consultants, and service providers. However, if not structured properly, equity grants can cause some nasty consequences for the recipient. Additionally, deciding on the proper number of shares can be difficult. An issuance of stock can result in a tax liability for the recipient, … Continue reading this entry

Do You Need a Pre-Nup … for Your Co-Founders?

When you pop the question, “Will you co-found with me?”, you are probably not already thinking about separation. However, not all partnerships will go the distance. Personalities will clash. Creative visions will differ. Personal circumstances will change. Often, a parting of ways is sudden and less than amicable. Without a pre-nup, the departure of a … Continue reading this entry