Midwest Capital Raise Quarterly Update 2018 Q1
The Bridgepoint Midwest Capital Raise Update, a measure of corporate capital activity in the U.S. Midwest region.
Transactions are complicated. As such, company owners engaged in M&A or capital raising transactions typically employ a full deal team of investment bankers, attorneys and CPAs to successfully execute the transaction. There are numerous financial intermediaries who act as “investment bankers” on M&A transactions (and even capital raises) without registering as a broker-dealer. As you consider a particular firm as your investment banker, it is critical to understand the products and services the firm can – or cannot – provide. To ensure a successful and legal transaction process, it is critical to employ the services of a registered broker-dealer.
Many capital market firms work with companies on transactions – but figuring out the differences of each firm and their roles and services can be tricky. Major firm categories include Investment Banking, Private Equity and Venture Capital. These terms are often mistakenly used interchangeably, and understanding their differences is crucial for company owners looking to make a transaction. Use this list as a guide to finding the right type of firm for your company.
For many business owners, the majority of original loans and funding will traditionally come from a bank (usually after initial funding from friends and family). As the years go on, the working capital line continues to grow with the business. But in some cases, due to a lack of hard assets or limitations at the bank due to their size, the banker needs to put a cap on the borrowing limits. So now what?
Great news: you have options. Check out the list below to learn more about different actions you can take to ensure you (and your company) receive the necessary guidance and assistance during this crucial point in time.
Selling a company is no easy feat. Just like running a business, the selling process can be full of ups, downs and everything in between. However, working with company owners in the sales process for over 25 years has revealed to us several key themes that owners should consider before starting the selling process. Before you take that next step, keep these five considerations in mind:
How many times have you been caught off guard when one of the bank’s largest clients calls to give you a heads up that they are selling their business, and your mind probably goes right to the thought, “How am I going to replace this loan volume?”. Followed closely by the thought, “Wow – why didn’t the client ask for my advice or involvement in the process?”
Anyone that’s been through the process of securing capital, making an acquisition or transferring ownership knows how complex, time consuming and frustrating transactions can be. There are many things that can get in the way of a deal closing, like negotiating issues, due diligence surprises, unrealistic valuation expectations, and cultural differences, among others.