Who will buy your Angel backed company?
The importance of understanding a potential acquirer’s acquisition strategy can not be understated for Angels who want to maximise their portfolio’s. Ascertaining the acquirer’s budget, their ability to resource the acquisition and whether they have the right people to leverage their acquisition is essential before approaching the valuation discussion.
Jim Connor presenter at the Angel Association Summit of New Zealand 2014, a Board Director and founder of Sandhill Angels in California will discuss these elements and how to obtain this information in the process of planning acquisition strategies during his session on day one of the highly praised early-stage investment conference. He has enormous experience with emerging technology companies, including starting them, building them and selling them.
For twenty years Jim has been active in financial software applications – most recently the President of JPMorgan SymPro the leading provider of Treasury Management software to the public sector, specifically focusing on investment management, bond issuance/debt management and the integration of treasury and liquidity operations.
With this vast wealth of experience, insight and knowledge Jim’s 20-minute presentation on how to woo an acquirer is an essential session for Angel’s who really want to drive satisfying returns. Jim will cover how to find acquirers, what are they looking for and elaborate on some of the nitty gritty of negotiating and closing a deal.
Following his presentation, in conversation with John Huston, keynote speaker at the 2014 Angel Association Summit, Jim will discuss how to begin engaging with acquirers, where, with whom.
Having been embedded in financial services and software and the early-stage investment eco-system in the USA for many years the pair will share what they know about acquisition deal sizes at the moment, how they compare with NZ and give a clear understanding of the key things that can derail a deal.
Of particular interest will be their views on the variance across sectors and the nuances of ensuring your investees existing contractual relationships allow for acquisition. The role IP play’s in an acquisition is a subject on which both are experts and they will give examples so delegates to the Angel Association Summit will get a clear understanding of the path to acquisition and what motivates acquirers.
The Angel Association Summit 2014 is in Auckland at stunning Orakei Bay, October 15-17. It is New Zealand’s only angel-centric gathering with members of the Angel Association Council, Lead investors, Fund and Group Mangers from around the country in attendance. The line-up of valuable sessions along with the terrific venue makes this AngelSummit#14 a special event and as always a high point on the early-stage eco-system calendar.
Note: There is limited capacity at the venue so register now to avoid missing out!
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