Professor Anat Alon-Beck from the School of Law at Case Western Reserve University joined our annual conference on Late Stage Private Placements earlier this week.  Prof. Beck spoke about the unicorn phenomenon, valuation concerns relating to unicorns and the new investors that have fueled the growth of unicorns.  Prof. Beck’s slides may be accessed here

The financing environment for startup companies in the technology sector has changed substantially over the last few years. As evidenced by findings in CB Insights’ latest report, The 2020 Tech IPO Pipeline, tech companies have raised more funding than ever before by accessing the private venture markets. These startups reach unicorn status well before

CBInsights recently published its Global Fintech Report for the third quarter of 2019. For 2019, global fintech funding totaled $24.6 billion through the third quarter of 2019, which is still a decline from 2018. Global venture-backed fintech deals rebounded during the quarter in the United States but remain at a three-year low. Globally there are

The third quarter of 2019 saw a slight decrease in venture private capital funding levels according to PwC and CB Insights’ recently published MoneyTree report. Approximately $25.9 billion was raised across 1,304 deals, bringing total capital raised in 2019 to $83 billion.

Staying private longer. Companies have taken advantage of raising large amounts of

In a recent briefing, CB Insights reported increased funding in the healthcare sector for the first half of 2019 with $26.9 billion invested in healthcare companies across 2,258 deals globally. While promising, funding for full year 2019 is not projected to surpass the $58.5 billion raised by healthcare companies in 2018.  The number of late-stage

A recent research piece published by UBS Financial Services discusses the significant variations in IPO winners and losers.  The report notes that after five years about 60% of all IPOs had negative returns.  Variation in long-term performance appears to be correlated with specific IPO characteristics.  Companies with revenues in excess of $1 billion and those