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Venture Briefing: Developing the Breach Response Plan

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Despite Poor First Quarter, IPO Deals Faring Well
In the first quarter of 2015, there were 34 deals worth $5.4 billion, half of the 64 deals worth $10.6 billion in the first quarter of last year, according to Renaissance Capital. That's pretty poor, but here's one important point: The IPOs that have been issued are doing well.
(Source: CNBC, 2015-04-15) Read the full article
Growing Confidence Among Mid-Sized Firms Expected to Boost M&A
Growing optimism in the economy, stronger corporate balance sheets, and greater liquidity in the financial markets are giving CFOs of the nation's mid-size companies the confidence to continue to focus on expansion this year. As such, M&A is expected to be an important tool for finance leaders to drive growth through 2015.
(Source:, 2015-04-16) Read the full article
Private Equity Firms Spending More to Finance New Buyouts
Private equity firms are writing bigger equity checks to finance new buyouts as leveraged lending guidelines issued by US regulators curb the amount of debt that banks are willing or able to lend. Private equity firms are using less leverage and bank debt to finance new buyouts and are putting in more equity or equity-like products, more conservative covenant packages and more robust deleveraging and repayment plans.
(Source: Reuters, 2015-04-24) Read the full article
Repeat Users of Crowdfunding Sites Raise More Money
Here's a secret for budding entrepreneurs using crowdfunding platforms to finance their projects: It pays to go back for seconds. On average, people raising money on Kickstarter for projects are successful in meeting their goals 38 percent of the time, according to Kickstarter, but new data show that those with one successful project under their belts have nearly double the chances of success -- 73 percent -- of reaching their next funding goal.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2015-04-15) Read the full article
Banks Report Companies Using More of Their Credit Lines
U.S. banks are reporting that companies are tapping more of their credit lines to fund hiring and expand their businesses, a promising sign for the economy. Commercial borrowers are using two or three percentage points more of their credit lines than they were a year ago, reaching levels not seen since before the financial crisis was at its height in 2009, senior officials at a number of major banks said in interviews and on conference calls this week.
(Source: Reuters, 2015-04-17) Read the full article
V.C. Firms Raise Billions to Invest in Cybersecurity Startups
In 2014 -- a year in which cyberthieves stole customer information from at least four Fortune 500 companies -- venture capitalists invested a record amount in privately held companies in the cybersecurity industry. Venture-backed companies in the U.S. that provide cybersecurity technology or services raised $1.77 billion from investors last year, topping the previous high of $1.62 billion set in 2000 during the dot-com boom, according to industry tracker Dow Jones VentureSource.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2015-04-19) Read the full article
Rise in Healthier Eating Creates Demand for Food, Drink M&A
A boom in "nutraceuticals" -- food and drinks with potential health benefits -- is paving the way for a rush of deals, as food and drug companies compete to dominate a market expected to be worth $280 billion by 2018. Companies supplying goods like probiotic yogurt, advertised as being healthier for the gut, and omega-3 biscuits, thought to improve brain and heart function, have seen demand rise sharply.
(Source: Yahoo News, 2015-04-21) Read the full article
B Corps Committing to Social Missions Gaining Traction
B Corps commit to upholding high social and environmental standards, even at the expense of easy profits. Some evidence suggests that the movement is gaining momentum.
(Source: The New York Times, 2015-04-23) Read the full article
SEC Accuses 10 in 'Blank Check' Company Scheme
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has accused 10 people of taking part in an elaborate scheme to pass off "blank check" companies as legitimate business enterprises when they actually had no other purpose than to be sold as public vehicles. According to a civil complaint filed by the SEC, three defendants orchestrated the scheme, installing figurehead corporate officers while concealing from the public that they, in fact, controlled the blank check companies at all times.
(Source:, 2015-04-17) Read the full article
Developing the Breach Response Plan


Stephen E. Reynolds Siddharth “Sid” Bose

A data breach response plan is an operational playbook that a company can use to handle events related to security and data breaches. A timely and well-handled response to a data breach can be hugely effective in mitigating the extent of the damages and can even help a business’s brand. Read the full article online.


By The Numbers

A recent analysis by Ernst & Young reported that venture capital investment in medical devices in 2013 fell 17% from the previous year, a downward trend that has been observed for the past seven years.
Source: Brookings Blog - The Medical Device Tax: A Primer


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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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