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WHAT IS BLOCKCHAIN?
31st March 2018
• A record of transactions – how does it work? A block is a record of transactions (that could be applied in all sorts of sectors, such as medical data in a database;...
LETTER OF INTENT PART 3 – TIPS ON RAISING YOUR FIRST $1-5 MILLION
31st January 2018
I have recently learned two (positive) lessons from start ups which had problems with their investors. No surprises Investors hate surprises and they appreciate trans...
FOUR BASIC MISTAKES TO AVOID AS A STARTUP DIRECTOR
31st August 2017
Most startup directors are also founders or shareholders, but they often make basic mistakes, some of which involve liabilities. They haven’t done MBAs or law degrees....
LETTERS OF INTENT PART 2 – CASE STUDY: A TRAP TO AVOID
25th July 2017
This is based on a real case which occurred recently in Hong Kong. It applies in other countries too. Does a letter of intent have legal force? See our previous blog...
IS IT WORTH DOING A LETTER OF INTENT?
27th March 2017
Generally, yes – but there are some traps to avoid; and some useful tools you can use. Does it have legal force? You can draft it to be legally binding or not, but...
TOP 5 TIPS ON NDAs – ARE THEY A WASTE OF TIME?
24th December 2016
Generally, no – but you should recognise an NDA’s limitations if you are disclosing confidential information to an investor or buyer or a licensee of your technology....
THE 3 TOP REASONS TO TAKE LOAN NOTES - WE SUGGEST CONVERTIBLE NOTES
16th November 2016
Here are the 3 top reasons: • Interest. Interest on loan notes is normally fixed and payable as a debt. Dividends on preference shares are commonly fixed, but by la...
CAN WE PAY SHAREHOLDERS DIFFERENT DIVIDENDS?
10th October 2016
This question comes up a lot. Management or the controlling shareholders often ask if it’s possible. Generally, it’s a basic principle of company law that dividends a...
QUELS SONT LES DEMARCHES COURANTES LORS D'UNE FUSION ACQUISITION?
13th March 2016
DISCUSSIONS PRELIMINAIRES LETTRE DE CONFDENTIALITE (NDA ou "Non-Disclosure Agreement") comprend: • L’engagement de l’acquéreur de maintenir la confidentialité...
AVIATION SECTOR INVESTMENTS – WHAT SPECIAL DUE DILIGENCE IS NECESSARY?
20th January 2016
Private equity in the aviation sector is very active. If you know your industry, paying for a full form professional written report may not be essential. This sounds radi...
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A BUSINESS ANGEL AND A PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTOR?
10th November 2015
There can be huge differences between angel investors and the many types of private equity investor. Rather than get technical re senior debt, mezzanine, preference share...
WE ARE DOING AN ASIAN CORPORATE JOINT VENTURE: WHAT LAW CAN WE USE?
1st October 2015
Where is the business going to operate? In Asia, it is quite likely the operating company is going to be in China or a developing country. Now, you could write your JV Ag...
EST-CE QUE ÇA VAUT LA PEINE DE PAYER POUR UN AUDIT ACQUISITION (« RAPPORT DE DUE DILIGENCE »)?
15th August 2015
Un audit acquisition est important mais, si vous connaissez bien votre industrie, payer pour un rapport complet et professionel n’est pas essentiel. Cela semble radica...
LES 20 CHOSES À FAIRE ET À NE PAS FAIRE DANS LES FUSIONS-ACQUISITIONS
30th June 2015
A faire – acquéreurs • Obtenez une lettre d'intention pour engager le vendeur • Obtenez une période d'exclusivité (afin que le vendeur ne puisse pas parler ave...
EST-CE QUE J’AI BESOIN D’UN PACTE D’ACTIONNAIRES?
15th May 2015
La réponse est oui, bien sûr. Mais souvent les PME n’ont pas le budget pour le faire et leurs efforts sont focalisés sûr le business non pas sûr la nécessité des...
UN CONTRAT DE "JOINT VENTURE" - EST-CE QUE ÇA SUFFIT ?
10th April 2015
Un "pacte d'actionnaires" n'est pas suffisant. Vous risquez d’avoir des problèmes, si les statuts de la société n'ont pas été adaptés pour correspondre avec le pa...
MY INVESTOR WANTS PREFERENCE SHARES OR LOAN NOTES – IS THERE A BIG DIFFERENCE?
15th March 2015
Yes there is quite a big difference and it could make a difference to how much of your company you keep. There is a lot of choice about how you structure preference share...
LA NOUVELLE LOI DE HONG KONG SUR LES SOCIETES - ADMINISTRATEURS
3rd March 2014
RESUME : la nouvelle loi est entrée en vigueur le 3 mars 2014. C’est une révision complète du droit des sociétés à Hong Kong. Résultat de cinq consultations pend...
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