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Raising the Dough

If you didn’t catch today’s article in the Globe and Mail on private financing options, here it is. Mark Usher has some worthy advise to entrepreneurs seeking financing alternatives. He will also be attending today’s kick off of the CIX (Canadian Innvation Exchange). Some topics to be covered include Pitching Capital, Term Sheet 101, Tax

 
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Maybe BCE / Ontario Teachers needs JP Morgan

BCE Takeover Part 32 JP Morgan is providing US$11 billion of debt to Mars so that it can consume Wrigley’s in one sitting. Wasn’t it just last week that private equity investors were being conditioned by their banks to believe that they couldn’t do mega loan packages as they’d have to write them down by

 
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London’s VC Confidential

I’m in London, Ontario this morning for the Deloitte/RBC-sponsored “VC Confidential” event, hosted by TechAlliance. The event is sold out, so there are bound to be more than a few local entrepreneurs, Angels, CEOs and University types to meet. For London, a sold out VC event is a pleasant surprise, as there are so few

 
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The perils of taking stock when you sell

Every entrepreneur, private equity and venture capital firm hopes that the “happy outcome” of any start-up, investment or venture will be an ultimate sale or initial public offering of the business in question. All too often, however, investors are asked to take stock as part or all of the consideration. Folks often wonder why professional

 
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Jim Flaherty right to toughen bank disclosure

You have to give federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty credit. He’s been patient. But with many months under the bridge and no action by Canada’s market regulators (see prior post “Canadian gumshoes ignore fraud & billions in losses” February 3-08) to deal with the extremely poor subprime, SIV and related disclosure out of Canada’s chartered

 
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