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Crowdfunding is a great way for businesses to raise a small amount of money from a large group of people to help fund a new business venture. However, businesses who use crowdfunding to raise capital by issuing securities in exchange for the money raised need to make sure they are not violating any securities laws by using a registration and prospectus exemption available in their jurisdiction. There are currently two exemptions from prospectus and registration…
The last 18 months has seen a rebirth in M&A. For the first time since the 2008 financial crisis, deal activity has reached pre-recession levels. This has been fueled by low interest rates, high equity prices and capital availability. CDI Global’s Managing director, Jeff Schmidt, has gone on the record stating that while it’s hard to make universal observations when business conditions vary drastically by region, it is noteworthy that in the middle market there…
This year has seen a resurgence in deal–making activity around the world. This resurgence is being fueled by cheap debt, increased boardroom confidence and the return of growth after the 2008 financial crisis. With this growth in activity comes increased pressure to ensure that the deals completed generate the maximum value as competition and pricing are running high. With the question of what separates the deals that capture value to the deals that do not,…
As we move towards the end of the second quarter of 2015, many have wondered whether this year will be able to live up to the bumper year of 2014 in terms of cross-border private equity activity. Despite volatile commodity prices and an unsteady European market, a recent survey conducted by integrated communications firm RR Donnelley revealed that most private equity executives believe cross-border private equity activity will increase over the next 12 months. In…
The role of the audit committee over the last several years continues to evolve in conjunction with the risks to business and financial reporting changes.  The traditional role of overseeing financial reporting and internal and external auditing now encompasses a much broader scope.  Today’s audit committees still maintain their central mandates but they also frequently gauge risk in its countless forms.  With all of these changes, it was foreseeable that the scope and influence of…