During the first quarter of 2020, venture funding levels in the global healthcare and life sciences sector has increased 4% by dollars raised, quarter-over-quarter, despite the turbulent COVID-19 environment. According to a recent CB Insights report, healthcare companies raised $14.6 billion this past quarter in 1,156 deals. Deal volume decreased 6% quarter-over-quarter. The inverse

The Securities and Exchange Commission will host the 39th annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation virtually on June 18, 2020.  The Forum will be live streamed.  It will focus on the challenges faced by small businesses in the current environment.  Sessions also will address women-owned, minority-owned, and rural businesses and their investors and

Tech companies at all growth stages are facing capital raising and operating challenges brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic.  A recent CB Insights client briefing explored these novel business pressures.

To add some perspective, an analysis of earnings calls provided by CB Insights showed that the mentions of “layoffs,” “furloughs” and “hiring freezes” in

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that the Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee will meet on May 8, 2020, by video, which will be webcast live.  The Committee will discuss the SEC’s capital formation proposal, which aims to simplify and harmonize the exempt offering framework.  In addition, the Committee will continue its discussion regarding

PIPE transactions remain an important capital-raising alternative, especially during periods of market volatility. Whether a public company is seeking to raise additional capital from sector or financial investors, effect a recapitalization or restructuring, or facilitate a liquidity opportunity for an existing stockholder, a PIPE transaction may be the most efficient approach.

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Approximately $126 billion in private debt was raised globally in 2019, according to PitchBook Data’s Global Private Debt Report. The private debt markets have experienced a surge in activity and volume following the Global Financial Crisis. Increased competition among lenders raise concerns about the increase in covenant-lite facilities as bargaining power shifts to issuers.

The capital formation environment has significantly changed in the last two decades and, in particular, following the global financial crisis of 2008. The number of initial public offerings has declined, and M&A exits have become a more attractive option for many promising companies. This article reviews trends in the initial public offering market, notable alternatives