How do you become a high growth digital technology business attracting investors and corporate clients?

What we do at PAIL is assist start-ups that already have a product and are revenue generating but are still looking to make that transition to corporate clients or to take investor funding. This transition is not an easy one. If your business has largely been done by employing people-per-hour consultants on a pay as you go basis or writing your contracts yourself, it is difficult to navigate the complexity of licensing technology to a corporation as all of them have rigorous procurement processes. One of the major validation concerns of corporations and investors is the longevity of your business model i.e. are you a here today and gone tomorrow. Apart from ensuring legal compliance we offer insight into how a business can be better prepared from generating revenue to being a high growth business. We are fortunate enough to represent a few such businesses. Are you feeling the itch to make the shift from selling to consumers and SME’s to acquiring corporate clients and institutional investors?

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Loan agreements

We receive several enquiries a week regarding disputes relating to loan agreements between individuals, individuals with companies and companies lending to companies. In virtually all enquiries, the dispute centres on repayment of all or part of the loan. This article sets out nine tips when raising finance by way of a loan. It is just a heads up that getting a loan agreement right is not that simple. If you follow these nine tips you can avoid bitter disputes regarding repayment. The focus is primarily on a private company raising debt finance secured on its shares but some of the tips concern loans generally.

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Enterprise Investment Schemes

Enterprise Investment Schemes – a basic guide is an article to explain the variety of generous income and capital gains tax reliefs to investors on the issue of new shares in small rapid growth unquoted stocks.

This article is – Enterprise Investment Schemes – A Basic Guide – therefore it is not a detailed analyses of the various schemes and tax breaks, for that you need to get professional advice. It seeks to give a basic understanding of the EIS and only covers shares issued on or after 06 April 2009 up to 2014. Additionally, you should be aware that the rules for EIS are subject to change so professional advice is required for the latest applicable reliefs and legislation.

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Private equity investment

Private equity investment is where a company seeks to bring in new outside investors by issuing new shares. Note that this is different from a transfer of existing shares. The procedure is called an allotment of shares. This is because there is first a letter from the proposed investor applying to buy the shares. The shares are then “allotted” or “allocated” to that shareholder. When the investor’s details are entered into the register of members they are issued with the shares and are shareholders. They then get a share certificate.

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