Venture Briefing: July 12, 2017 Venture Briefing: July 12, 2017

Venture Briefing: July 12, 2017

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June M&A Deal Value Declined to Lowest Quarterly Total Since 2013
Merger and acquisition (M&A) deal value in the U.S., in the three months to the end of June, slipped to its lowest quarterly total since 2013 as a lack of clarity over President Donald Trump's hoped-for corporate reforms hit buyer appetites. The slowdown in U.S. deals in the first half of the year saw the region notch up 2,446 announcements at a total value of $602.6 billion versus 2,677 announcements at a total value of $588.5 billion a year ago, according to data by Mergermarket.
(Source: CNBC, 2017-07-04) Read the full article
SEC Allows All Companies to Keep Some IPO Filings Private
In an attempt to revitalize the public capital markets, the nation's top regulator of stocks is turning to stealth mode. The Securities and Exchange Commission, in Walter J. Clayton's first major policy move as chairman, is expanding a program that will allow all private companies to keep some details of their finances and business strategies under wraps early in the process of an initial public offering.
(Source: The New York Times, 2017-06-30) Read the full article
Lower Valuations Have Some Questioning Strong IPO Market
The market for initial public offerings was brisk in the second quarter, with 52 new stock issues raising $11 billion. IPOs have been outperforming the Standard & Poor's 500 in post-issue trading, with Renaissance's IPO index up 20 percent so far this year, compared with 8.5 percent for the market. But some recent deals haven't gone well.
(Source: Barron's, 2017-07-08) Read the full article
Disillusioned Investors Withholding Votes for Corporate Directors
Big investors are losing patience with unresponsive corporate directors, and they're showing it with their votes. Shareholders have withheld 20 percent or more of their votes for 102 directors at S&P 500 companies so far this year, the most in seven years, according to ISS Corporate Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in corporate governance.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2017-07-03) Read the full article
Small Business Loan Approvals at Banks, Alternative Lenders Down
Loan approval rates at big banks, small banks, alternative lenders, and credit unions declined, the latest Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index has revealed. The newly published report reveals approval rates at big banks fell two-tenths of a percent from April's 24.3 percent figure, a post-recession high, to 24.1 percent in May.
(Source: Small Business Trends, 2017-06-28) Read the full article
Bias Questions Leading to Less V.C. Funding for Women, Study Says
Women account for about 40 percent of founders of U.S. companies but get only two percent of the nation's venture capital investments. It's long been proffered that women tend to start "lifestyle businesses" with lower growth paths and thus seek less money. But an academic study, to be presented in August at the annual Academy of Management conference, suggests the funding disparity also lies in questions entrepreneurs are asked by potential investors.
(Source: The Kansas City Star, 2017-07-06) Read the full article
NVCA Chides Trump for Delaying International Entrepreneur Rule
Venture capital's national association has come out swinging against the Trump administration's decision to delay the International Entrepreneur Rule. A product of the final days of President Obama's administration, the rule was designed to let talented immigrant entrepreneurs stay in the U.S. to build their companies.
(Source: Tech Crunch, 2017-07-10) Read the full article
Second Quarter Saw Number of Biotech IPOs Double
The IPO market for drugmakers looked optimistic at the onset of 2017, but turned pretty drab by the end of the first quarter. Now, however, the rollercoaster has click-clicked up and out of that valley, toward a new peak, as more than a dozen medicines developers went public between April 1 and June 30.
(Source: BioPharma Dive, 2017-07-07) Read the full article
Tech Entrepreneurs Look Outside U.S. as Visa Struggle Worsens
With so much uncertainty about immigration and travel, Silicon Valley insiders say some foreign entrepreneurs are looking elsewhere. A study also showed that the proportion of immigrant founders in Silicon Valley declined since 2005 and warned that this should "raise questions about the United States' future ability to remain economically competitive in the international market."
(Source:, 2017-07-02) Read the full article
Connect With Our Dealmakers at Opus Connect's New York City Chapter Event
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Ice Miller is proud to co-host the New York City Chapter of Opus Connect on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. This month's topic will be: "Bridging the Price Gap in M&A Transactions: Suggestions and Insights for PE Buyers and their Portfolio Companies". We would be delighted for you to join us. Register here.


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