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Top 10 Australian M&A Predictions for 2014
Top 10 Australian M&A Predictions for 2014 4 February 2014

DLA PIPER, CORPORATE UPDATE Written by David Ryan and Lyndon Masters , DLA Piper The results are in – 2013 was another tough year for the Australian M&A market overall. However, despite a sluggish first…

Ground shakes as the tech bulls run
Ground shakes as the tech bulls run 2 December 2013

Huge returns from many emerging ASX-listed stocks By Tony Featherstone Nobody really knows if the tech sector is in the middle of the next great bull run or already in…

IPO market warms up
IPO market warms up 29 July 2013

By: Shuo Yang Investment Analyst at Microequities  The All Ordinaries has returned approximately 24% including dividends in the last 12 months. The strong performance has encouraged more privately owned companies…

A backdoor hope for life science ventures
A backdoor hope for life science ventures 12 February 2013

Despite the sector making solid gains, the IPO market for biotech is struggling. By Tony Featherstone Capital-seeking life science companies might find more life through so-called backdoor listings in 2013, as…

IPOs cold wind opens the back door 11 November 2012

More reverse takeovers expected in 2013 as capital-seeking companies find new avenues to list. By Tony Featherstone The old saying, “as one door shuts, another opens”, aptly describes the sharemarket…

Digital entrepreneur goes global 17 October 2012

Simon Baker has an interest or is advising a business in every continent “except for Antarctica.” The entrepreneur made his name as chief executive of the REA Group – which…

The Art of the Family Meeting 25 September 2012

By: Lee Hausner, Phd.  FIRST FOUNDATION ADVISORS Legacy Families are families who remain productive and contributive four to five generations past the original wealth creator. To read a full article, please…

Why The Best New Ventures Take Off 1 July 2012

First look at the founder and the CRRC factor Wholesale Investor has asked me to write about the characteristics of high-growth ventures. It is a worthy idea but, alas, no…

ESOP’s and Early Growth Companies 13 April 2012

Written by Andrew Ireland – Partner, Argyle Lawyers ESOPs are noted as being valuable for going concern entities for a variety of reasons including assisting with: • attracting the right…

Three Reasons for Failure 13 April 2012

For over 25 years, former senior NAB banker Neil Slonim worked closely with many HNWs and entrepreneurs. Some were hugely successful whilst others were less so. Based on this experience…

The Art and Mystery of Start-Up Valuation by Jordan Green 13 April 2012

Most pre-revenue entrepreneurs determine their company valuation through calculations of Discounted Cash Flow, Net Present Value, or comparisons with the early valuation of already successful companies. Most experienced early-stage investors…

Worst Case Scenarios by Dr Tom McKaskill 13 April 2012

When acquiring companies, keep the worst case scenario in mind Acquisitions tend to stretch most acquirers to the limit. Perhaps they tend to take on more than they should or…