Aleksandr Yampolskiy, SecurityScorecard, cybersecurity, private equity

PE firms must scrutinize the cybersecurity posture of potential investments and their third-party vendors

By Aleksandr Yampolskiy, SecurityScorecard Private equity firms often lack the insight and understanding that protect their assets from cyberattacks, thus putting their portfolio companies at risk. As a result, PE firms must address the cybersecurity posture of potential investments and of their third-party vendors. Why focus on cybersecurity posture? Increasing threats from skilled hackers exploiting […]

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The Dropbox IPO: A hard thud or soft landing?

By Rohit Kulkarni, SharesPost With an estimated $750 million offering, Dropbox’s IPO might be the largest in 2018 so far. As we have written in our previous analyses, we continue to believe that Dropbox could become a leading cloud storage and enterprise software company. Dropbox is the only unicorn to generate free cash flow. It […]

Sutton Place Strategies, Catherine Daly, Nadim Malik. private equity

Deal-sourcing robots: Applying intelligent automation to M&A

By Catherine Daly and Nadim Malik, Sutton Place Strategies Record capital overhang, increased competition and perpetually high valuations are afflicting this market, and buyers are struggling to deploy capital on worthy investments. But enterprising firms can use current economic conditions as an opportunity to modernize their deal-sourcing strategy and stand out among the competition. Intelligent […]

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Ambulatory-surgery centers can help unlock investment value in orthopedic practices

By Patrick Krause, MHT Partners The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ change of policy last summer to pay for total knee- and hip-replacement procedures in outpatient settings has made independent orthopedic practices — and in particular those that own ambulatory-surgery centers — an interesting area for investment. A blueprint for investment in orthopedics has been established […]

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Five small adjustments with big implications for your fundraising game

By Nicholas Donato, Navatar  The path to institutional capital can seem murky at best. With few clear guidelines – and few straightforward success stories – a number of common misconceptions about the fundraising process persist in the market. These notions were revealed in a recent survey designed to challenge GPs’ conventional IR wisdom. The 250+ […]

Joanne Baginski, EKS&H, private equity, merger, M&A, cybersecurity, hacking

Best practices to avoid post-merger disputes

By Joanne Baginski, EKS&H Whether you’re buying or selling a company, post-transaction should be a time for celebration about getting the deal done and excitement about the future. But many deals quickly devolve into disputes over the finer points, from purchase-price adjustments and working-capital disputes to whether negotiated earnout metrics are attained. Post-merger disputes have […]

Houlihan Lokey, Justin Abelow, private equity

New breed of family offices disrupts field, upends old verities

By Justin Abelow, Houlihan Lokey For years I have been telling my clients that in the M&A markets, family offices are like great books: more talked about than experienced. Everyone wanted to discuss family-office buyers, but the impact of these buyers on the market for corporate control was almost nonexistent. But things are changing — […]

Bruno Fiastre, Taliance, private equity

You’ve hired a digital transformation officer. Now what?

By Bruno Fiastre, Taliance A new job function is gaining in popularity at private equity firms, real estate companies and other alternative-asset managers. It goes by several names – digital transformation officer, chief of digitalization, head of digitalization or even leader of digital product. A recent appointment for a director of innovation at U.K. real […]

Silicon Valley Bank, Jim Marshall, private equity, venture capital

The changing face of seed investing

By Jim Marshall, Silicon Valley Bank Across the venture capital industry, surprising trends in early-stage investing are developing. With record numbers of funds raising capital, a saturated investor base and increasing pressure for liquidity, smart VC firms are differentiating themselves and tapping into new capital sources.  Emerging managers, also known as micro or seed VCs, […]

Matthew McCooe, Connecticut Innovations, venture capital

How Connecticut became the least likely innovation hub in the U.S.

By Matthew McCooe, Connecticut Innovations Think back to where Connecticut was 20 years ago. A National Hockey League franchise had just left the state, it was one of the only places in the country where incomes were actually falling and we were known more for David Letterman’s speeding tickets than anything resembling innovation. On the national […]

Alex Hicks, MHT Partners, education, software, private equity

Why private equity investors are betting on digital education

By Alex Hicks, MHT Partners Digital streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix have forever changed the business of music and movies. Now, that same approach is slowly transforming education publishing. Those hefty textbooks weighing down kids’ book bags all over the U.S. could become a thing of the past. The U.S. spends more than […]

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Why venture capitalists should be CEOs first

By Mike Janke, DataTribe I have been a venture capitalist for more than three years, and before that a serial entrepreneur and startup CEO and angel investor. The difference between the two positions is huge. And the experience I developed as a CEO became invaluable when I moved over to the VC side. As a VC […]

Gretchen Lyn Koehler, Bentham IMF, private equity, law, litigation

Litigation finance: revenue source, co-investment opportunity, value enhancer

By Gretchen Lyn Koehler, Bentham IMF Among trends predicted to affect private equity in 2018 is a potential drop in the number of active U.S. PE investors. Firms seeking to maintain deal activity amid less capital inflow from traditional sources have a ready tool in litigation finance, which has historically been underutilized by the industry. […]

Cybersecurity, venture capital, crime, Trident Capital Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity in 2018: broader scope of innovation and bigger venture dollars

By Sean Cunningham, Trident Capital Cybersecurity Given the explosion of ransomware attacks in 2017 and stunning breaches like those at Equifax and the National Security Agency, it’s no surprise that corporations worldwide invested yet another record amount in cybersecurity products and services. Predictably, venture capitalists and their counterparts inside corporations also invested a record amount […]


The numbers powering Spotify’s $21 billion+ IPO

By Rohit Kulkarni, SharesPost The highly anticipated initial public offering of music-streaming service Spotify is likely to be held in the late Q1 or early Q2 timeframe. We have published a previous Spotify research report about the firm’s growing clout in the global music industry, as well as the pros and cons of a direct-listing […]

Paul Share, Conway MacKenzie, private equity

In-house operating partner or external professional: Which is right for your PE firm?

By Paul Share, Conway MacKenzie The operating partner’s role in private equity is a relatively new position. Industry firms differ about whether such a role should exist and, if so, whether an in-house operating partner (employee) or external operations professional (consultant) should be utilized. Many PE firms need additional boots on the ground in some […]

Bob Dryzgula, Harvest Exchange, private equity, blockchain, artificial intelligence

Has private equity finally embraced AI and blockchain?

By Bob Dryzgula, Harvest Exchange One cannot go a day reading the news and not seeing the phrases “artificial intelligence” and “blockchain.” Once the domain of academics, coding enthusiasts and quantitative hedge funds, these technological advances have finally made their way into private equity. According to a recent survey of PE investors by Coller Capital, two-thirds of […]