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Venture Briefing: Ice Miller: Building Opportunities for Technology-Focused Businesses

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More Initial Public Offerings Jump on 1st Day
The number of stocks jumping 100 percent or more on their first day of trading is at the highest level since the IPO frenzy at the height of the dot-com boom.
(Source: USA Today, 2014-03-16) Read the full article
Nasdaq Enters Pre-IPO Market with Private Exchange
Nasdaq has officially entered the pre-IPO market. The U.S. stock exchange launched Nasdaq Private Market, a joint venture with SharesPost that enables private companies to raise capital and manage secondary transactions.
(Source: Venture Beat, 2014-03-05) Read the full article
P.E. Funds Holding Record Cash, Stymied on What to Buy, Report Finds
After a disappointing 2013, the number of new investments in private equity is expected to rise in 2014, according to the latest global industry survey by consultancy Bain & Co. But with vast stores of dry powder to deploy and relatively few large assets for sale, buyout firms will likely try to put their money into smaller targets.
(Source:, 2014-03-05) Read the full article
Boutique Banks Taking on Bigger Share of M&A Market
LionTree is one of a growing band of independent investment banks taking a share of the U.S. merger and acquisition fee pool, once the preserve of Wall Street's largest financial institutions. Their success reflects a rejection by international corporations of the notion that the size of a bank's balance sheet correlates with the quality of its advice.
(Source: Financial Times (free registration req'd), 2014-03-16) Read the full article
P.E. Firms’ Portfolio Companies Face Big Risks from Cyberattacks
The data breaches at retailers including Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels shine a spotlight on the potential risks facing businesses both publicly and privately held. Private equity firms may regard those threats as even more urgent knowing that point-of-sale malware used in the cyberattacks was "relatively unsophisticated" and had likely been purchased "off the shelf from the cybercrime-as-a-service community," according to cybersecurity intelligence firm McAfee Labs.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2014-03-10) Read the full article
States Using Compliance Tools to Curb Small Business Tax Cheats
Small businesses and the self-employed stiff the federal government on billions of dollars in unpaid taxes each year, according to IRS estimates of the tax gap. According to interviews with revenue officers from 30 states published by Bloomberg BNA, states are betting on new compliance tools aimed at collecting billions of dollars in unpaid taxes.
(Source: Bloomberg Businessweek, 2014-03-11) Read the full article
U.S. Companies Added $206 Billion to Offshore Profits in 2013
The largest U.S.-based companies added $206 billion to their stockpiles of offshore profits last year, parking earnings in low-tax countries until Congress gives them a reason not to. Even as governments around the world cut tax rates and try to keep corporations from shifting profits to tax havens, Congress remains paralyzed in its efforts.
(Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2014-03-12) Read the full article
Conference Board Offers Ways to Boost Board, Investor Relations
Increased shareholder activism, lawsuits filed by investors and continued malfeasance by financial institutions is prompting a renewed bout of introspection by some executives, board members and investors. The Conference Board, working with a rival group of Wall Street advisers, released a set of suggestions to improve relations across corporate America.
(Source: The New York Times, 2014-03-13) Read the full article
Corporate Directors Urged to Have More Interaction with Managers
Corporate directors aren't that cozy with senior managers -- but they should be. Aside from formal interactions in the boardroom, directors don't mix much with a CEO's top lieutenants or leaders at the senior VP level, according to new research from The Conference Board.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2014-03-13) Read the full article
More Americans Becoming Entrepreneurs Later in Life
According to a study published by the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom, about 20 percent of all new businesses in 2013 were created by entrepreneurs ages 50 to 59, and 15 percent were 60 and over. But financing a retiree start-up can be tricky.
(Source: The New York Times, 2014-03-12) Read the full article
Ice Miller: Building Opportunities for Technology-Focused Businesses

Are you ready for the legal challenges of the fast-paced technology industry? Ice Miller can help. Learn how we work with technology-focused companies to help build, grow and protect their businesses. Read more online.


By The Numbers

In February, the government reported last week, 115,848,000 people were employed by the private sector, just 129,000 fewer than the peak set in January 2008, just after what became known as the Great Recession began.
Source: New York Times: Private Employment Slowly Reclaims Pre-Downturn Peak


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Ice Miller has been one of the most active law firms in the private equity industry over the last decade, representing both entrepreneurs building great companies and the private equity firms and individuals that invest in them. We have extensive experience with all types of funds (formations and operations); mezzanine and senior secured financing; leveraged buyouts, roll-ups, build-ups, and consolidations; divestitures and exits; and complex litigation on behalf of investors and privately financed companies. In addition, over the past 10 years, Ice Miller has represented hundreds of emerging growth businesses in various industries on such matters as entity formation, capitalization, capital raising, alternative financing, intellectual property rights and protection, growth and exit strategies, corporate governance, tax matters, and many other legal issues that are critical to the growth and success of an emerging company.

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