For many fast-growing young businesses, the journey and the rate of travel are more important than the destination. But failing to contemplate an arrival, even if the location is as yet unknown, can see opportunities missed, value eroded and reputations damaged. In both the United States and Europe there have been high-profile examples of businesses derailed by these issues.
In this session we’ll share our tips and experiences for how founders, investors and management teams can better prepare their businesses for major transactions or listings, and how they can avoid banana skins for the headline-grabbing transactions of the 2020s.
Jeff Twentyman undertakes a broad range of corporate and commercial work for both corporate and private equity clients, advising on acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, mergers and public takeovers, flotations and equity capital markets and private equity investment. He is head of Slaughter and May’s private equity group.
Victoria MacDuff advises a range of listed and unlisted clients, including major financial services, telecom and tech groups, fast-growing challengers and various start-ups. Her experience includes advising on M&A transactions, equity capital markets, listings, corporate governance and structuring for both listed and unlisted clients, and commercial contracts.
Di Yu has a broad practice advising a range of listed and unlisted clients, including fast-growing technology and start-up companies at all stages of development, on various corporate matters. Her experience includes advising on public and private M&A transactions (including in the tech and financial services sectors), equity capital markets, private equity, corporate governance and commercial contracts.
Laura Houston advises on a broad spectrum of IP and technology matters for clients in a wide range of different sectors. From start-ups to established players, Laura advises clients at every stage of their lifecycle on matters such as IP licensing arrangements, brand governance, strategic outsourcings and complex software development and licensing arrangements, each in a standalone context as well as in the M&A setting.