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How Revenue-Based Financing and Venture Capital Work Together

Lighter Capital

As non-dilutive funding solutions attract more interest from SaaS entrepreneurs, venture capital (VC) investors are seeing an increasing number of startups who have used them for their growth and working capital needs, many times combining revenue-based financing (RBF) with a term loan, or other types of debt financing. These flexible SaaS financing solutions scale with a business’ growth, enabling tech entrepreneurs to focus on their startups without giving up equity, signing personal guarant

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Mapping TCFD to the IFRS S2 on Climate Disclosure

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Subodh Mishra, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Editor's Note: Subodh Mishra is Global Head of Communications at ISS STOXX. This post is based on an ISS-Corporate memorandum by Jacob McKeeman and Erica Chiorazzi. The inaugural IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards were released by the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) in mid-2023, designed to establish a global baseline for corporate disclosures.

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ValuAsia Connect Webinar Series: Intangible Assets

IVSC

Introduction Welcome to ValuAsia Connect, your gateway to the vibrant world of valuation in Asia! Following the success of our inaugural webinar , we are delighted to announce the second instalment of our series — ValuAsia Connect: Intangible Assets. Presented by the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) and the Institute of Valuers and Appraisers, Singapore (IVAS), this webinar explores the intricate domain of intangible asset valuation.

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The Billionaire Frank McCourt Mounts Bid to Buy TikTok

NYT M&A

Mr. McCourt, a longtime critic of the way tech companies use data, sees acquiring TikTok as a chance to create an “alternative to the current internet.

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How to Leverage Intent Data for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Susan Spencer, Principal of Spencer Communications

Intent signal data can go a long way toward shortening sales cycles and closing more deals. The challenge is deciding which is the best type of intent data to help your company meet its sales and marketing goals. In this webinar, Susan Spencer, fractional CMO and principal of Spencer Communications, will unpack the differences between contact-level and company-level intent signals.

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The Tax Advantages of Including Debt in a C Corporation Capital Structure

Machen McChesney

Let’s say you plan to use a C corporation to operate a newly acquired business or you have an existing C corporation that needs more capital. You should know that the federal tax code treats corporate debt more favorably than corporate equity.

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The Payoffs and Pitfalls of ESG Due Diligence

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Ferdinand Fromholzer, Dirk Oberbracht, and Jan Schubert, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 Editor's Note: Ferdinand Fromholzer , Dirk Oberbracht , and Jan Schubert are Partners at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. This post is based on their Gibson Dunn memorandum. A recent global survey of dealmakers by BCG and Gibson Dunn reveals a striking consensus: conducting environmental, social, and governance (ESG) due diligence is now indispensable for M&A transac

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Comment on The Nightmarish End of Home Appraisals by Pray Hard

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Al Bendover. That’ll never happen. It has to be “organic” so it can change with the leftist politics of the moment. And, of course, given that leftism is mental illness, it will only get worse (more restrictive, insane and incomprehensible) over time.

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It's Almost Time for a Midyear Checkup on Your Company's Financial Health

Machen McChesney

Interim financial reporting is essential to running a successful business. When reviewing midyear financial reports, however, you should recognize their potential shortcomings. These reports might not be as reliable as year-end financials unless a CPA prepares them or performs agreed-upon procedures on specific accounts.

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ACGA Open Letter: Strategic Shareholdings in Corporate Japan

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Amar Gill and Kei Okamura, Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA), on Thursday, May 16, 2024 Editor's Note: Amar Gill is a Secretary General at Asian Corporate Governance Association and Kei Okamura is a Portfolio Manager at Neuberger Berman and ACGA Japan Working Group Chair. This post is based on an open letter by the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA), prepared by Mr.

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Klobuchar Reintroduces Sweeping Antitrust Reform Bill

Law 360 M&A

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., reintroduced sweeping legislation Thursday aimed at restoring competition by strengthening antitrust laws to help enforcers better deal with harmful conduct and mergers, garnering support from the American Antitrust Institute, Consumer Reports and others.

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Statement of Cash Flows vs. Cash Flow Statement

Speaker: Wayne Spivak - President and Chief Financial Officer of SBA * Consulting LTD, Industry Writer, and Public Speaker

The old adages that "cash is king" and "you can’t spend profits" still hold true today. But however well-known these sayings might be, it requires a change in mindset to properly implement a cash flow management system that predicts your business's runaway as accurately as possible. Key to this new mindset is understanding the difference between the Statement of Cash Flows, a historical look at the source and uses of cash, and the Cash Flow Statement, which uses transaction history and forward-l

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Comment on The Nightmarish End of Home Appraisals by Pray Hard

Appraisers Blog

May I suggest that everyone commenting here watch the PBS show “Mr. Bates vs The Post Office” It’s a very good show about hidden corruption. It just reminded me that the powers we struggle against are so out of touch with reality, so pathological and hold us in such disdain that sanity will never return. Did anyone notice that the moment BLM and DEI showed up that the appraisal foundation jumped right into it?

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Stellantis, Leapmotor Partner On Chinese EV Sales In Europe

Global Finance

Automaker Stellantis and Chinese electric automaker Leapmotor agreed on a joint venture to sell electric vehicles outside of China, according to the two companies on Tuesday. Beginning in September, Netherlands-based Stellantis will sell the Chinese-built Leapmotor vehicles throughout Europe, with Leapmotors’s lineup complementing its selection of cars.

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Seven Questions about Proxy Advisors

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan (Stanford University), on Monday, May 13, 2024 Editor's Note: David F. Larcker is the James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting, Emeritus; and Brian Tayan is a Researcher with the Corporate Governance Research Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business. This post is based on their recent paper. We recently published a paper on SSRN (“Seven Questions about Proxy Advisors”) that examines the role and function of proxy advisors.

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T-Mobile Must Face Sprint Merger Suit Before Appealing

Law 360 M&A

The Seventh Circuit summarily rejected T-Mobile's move for interlocutory appeal in a proposed consumer class action targeting the company's 2020 merger with Sprint, allowing the case to advance to discovery after the district court denied T-Mobile's motion to dismiss in the fall.

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Mastering Intent Data: Understanding its Importance & Best Practices

Speaker: Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union

In this webinar, Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union and business strategist, will take you through the ABCs of intent data. You'll learn how to effectively use it to drive business results, with practical tips on how to leverage both company and contact intent data to maximize your marketing efforts. Whether you're a seasoned marketer or just getting started, this webinar is a must-attend for anyone looking to stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of digital marketing.

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Comment on Escaping the Black Hole: Appraisers Fleeing Mortgage Lending by jaydee

Appraisers Blog

Low ball appraisal? There is no such thing. An opinion of value differences from the home owner their attorney and the professional in the field the appraiser. Was a field review accomplished? If not, why not? Almost glad I had a tumor in my head and was forced to retire.

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Q&A: Understanding IT Audits at Financial Institutions

N Contracts

David Gonzalez is an audit expert with Ncontracts with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. From compliance officer to internal auditor to risk officer, h e has spent his career evaluating the effectiveness of risk management and compliance programs and working to improve them.

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The 2024 Audit Committee agenda and the questions investors should be asking

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Sophie Gauthier-Beaudoin and Tim Copnell, KPMG, on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 Editor's Note: Sophie Gauthier-Beaudoin is Head of Investor Engagement and Tim Copnell is Chair of the Audit Committee Institute at KPMG in the UK. This post is based on their KPMG memorandum. The business and risk environment has changed dramatically over the past year, with greater geopolitical instability, surging inflation, high interest rates, and unprecedented levels of disruption and uncertainty.

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Metropolis, SP Plus Get Rare Early End To $1.5B Deal Probe

Law 360 M&A

The U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to a rare early termination of its review of payments tech company Metropolis Technologies Inc.'s planned $1.5 billion deal for parking and logistics provider SP Plus Corp., after previously requesting additional information about the transaction.

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Comment on The Nightmarish End of Home Appraisals by Pray Hard

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Fitz Turner. Funny thing is, I’m old enough to remember when the phrase “master bedroom” was born. It was nothing but a builder marketing phrase and had absolutely NOTHING to do with race. But, here we are, huh?

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Planet 13 Wraps Up VidaCann Acquisition To Enter Florida Market With $63.4M Deal And 26 Cannabis Dispensaries

Benzinga

Las Vegas-based cannabis giant, Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (OTC: PLNH ), has successfully concluded its acquisition of Florida’s VidaCann , a prominent player in the state’s medical marijuana market. The acquisition received approval from the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use in April. This represents a significant expansion as recreational cannabis legalization in Florida will be decided in the November 2024 ballot.

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The Governance of Corporate Use of Artificial Intelligence

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Leo E. Strine, Jr., Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, on Thursday, May 16, 2024 Editor's Note: Leo E. Strine, Jr. is the Michael L. Wachter Distinguished Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; Senior Fellow, Harvard Program on Corporate Governance; Of Counsel, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; and former Chief Justice and Chancellor, the State of Delaware.

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Teaching Yoga Makes Me A Better Lawyer

Law 360 M&A

Being a yoga instructor has helped me develop my confidence and authenticity, as well as stress management and people skills — all of which have crossed over into my career as an attorney, says Laura Gongaware at Clyde & Co.

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Comment on Fannie & Freddie’s AI Appraisal Photo Recognition by Chase Pursley

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Mary Cummins. > I doubt it will know all appliance brands since the 1920’s Just wanted to point out that this is exactly the type of thing that AI vision models are extremely good at (matching things from their enormous training library). Feel free to test this by dropping some old appliance photos into Gemini, GPT vision, etc. But on the other things, you’re spot-on.

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Paramount: the takeover battle that could reshape Hollywood

Financial Times M&A

The tussle for the venerable studio has been billed as the money men against the creatives, but the outcome may help decide who survives in the streaming era

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Corporate Governance, Board Oversight & the 2023 Banking Crisis

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Sarah Wenger, Maria Vu, and Dimitri Zagoroff, Glass, Lewis & Co, on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 Editor's Note: Sarah Wenger is Senior Analyst, Maria Vu is Senior Director, and Dimitri Zagoroff is Senior Editor at Glass, Lewis & Co. This post is based on their Glass Lewis memorandum. In the spring of 2023, the United States witnessed the country’s three largest bank failures since the 2008 financial crisis.

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Klobuchar Wants FTC To Make Firms Report Real Estate Buys

Law 360 M&A

It's time for the Federal Trade Commission to require the companies and private equity firms gobbling up residential real estate to report those acquisitions to the agency for antitrust purposes the same way they have to report other big purchases, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said.

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Comment on The Nightmarish End of Home Appraisals by Pray Hard

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Connie Marines. It takes approximately five matched paired sales on one factor to actually come up with an accurate adjustment. In the vast majority of appraisals I do, I’m lucky to find one comparable with one factor that’s similar. I typically have to find a comparable where the land size is similar. Then another comparable where the house size is similar, then another comparable where one other factor is similar and these are typically spread over two to six counties.

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Does the FFIEC CAT/ACET Tool Still Matter for Financial Institutions?

N Contracts

Reports of the death of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) Cybersecurity Assessment Tool (CAT) have been greatly exaggerated. Following the first major update to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework in February 2024, speculation turned to the future of CAT. Would the tool be updated as well?

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Statement by Chair Gensler on Amendments to Regulation S-P

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Gary Gensler, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, on Friday, May 17, 2024 Editor's Note: Gary Gensler is Chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This post is based on his recent statement. The views expressed in this post are those of Chair Gensler, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Securities and Exchange Commission or its staff.

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Skadden Guides Squarespace On $6.9B Go-Private Deal

Law 360 M&A

Squarespace Inc. said Monday it has agreed to a $6.9 billion buyout by private equity firm Permira, with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP serving as lead counsel to the website building company and at least six additional firms guiding the various parties.

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Comment on The Nightmarish End of Home Appraisals by Pray Hard

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Steve Maher. I’m rereading it currently. Another extremely good, very enlightening video is called “The Architects of Western Decline” Look up the Frankfurt School on YouTube. It’ll be somewhere in the list.

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Sony and Apollo Take Key Step in Bid for Paramount’s Assets

NYT M&A

The two companies have expressed interest in acquiring the media conglomerate, but are backing away from their $26 billion all-cash offer.

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The CEO Pay Problem Is Solvable with A.I.

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Joel Paula, FCLTGlobal, on Monday, May 13, 2024 Editor's Note: Joel Paula is a Research Director at FCLTGlobal. This post is based on his FCLTGlobal memorandum. Proxy advisors are coming under pressure with accusations that their decision making is opaque, or pushing an “ESG” agenda. There’s no doubt that through their recommendations, they are hugely influential in voting outcomes.

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A Vision For Economic Clerkships In The Legal System

Law 360 M&A

As courts handle increasingly complex damages analyses involving vast amounts of data, an economic clerkship program — integrating early-career economists into the judicial system — could improve legal outcomes and provide essential training to clerks, say Mona Birjandi at Data for Decisions and Matt Farber at Secretariat.

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