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Before You Go Public on Pink

It is a common misconception that going public on the Pink market is a low cost, efficient way to gain visibility for your company, and in turn, establish liquidity. However, when you dig a little deeper, you find that cheaper is not always better and that it can add substantially more cost in the long run.  Regardless of your goals in the public markets, there are key factors including transparency, public perception and tradability that should be considered when evaluating your options. Continue reading “Before You Go Public on Pink”

“What Attracts a Family Office to Your Offering?”

Over the last ten years, private investors with significant personal wealth have grown in their prominence as a bona fide investor class. Unburdened by the mandates and time constraints of a typical private equity fund, these investors have also become a highly coveted resource for growing companies. Regardless of their AUM, location, generational heritage or industry focus, you can rest assured that these investors want to invest not only from their pocketbooks but also from their experience. Our firm works with a large and growing number of family offices interested in high-quality, curated deal flow and is frequently counseling issuers on how to present themselves to family offices. In this post we will cover the basics of a family office, their motivations for investing and how they write checks in cash and experience. Continue reading ““What Attracts a Family Office to Your Offering?””

Capital Raising During Times of Uncertainty — Issuers Beware!

As the public market for thousands of early stage and growth companies, OTC Markets Group has seen the good, the hard and the plain ugly when it comes to what happens after a capital raising.  Even in the best of economic times, issuers often fall prey to bad advisors offering “too good to be true” financings with terms that dump shares, dilute shareholder value and destroy companies. Continue reading “Capital Raising During Times of Uncertainty — Issuers Beware!”

The True Value of Best Practice Disclosure

In a World Where the “News Cycle,” Both Real and Fake, is 24/7, How Can Companies be Their Own Best Ally and Not Their Own Worst Enemy?

In a recent webinar on Corporate Governance, by Compass Investor Relations, the presenters touched upon the value of best practice corporate disclosure. Continue reading “The True Value of Best Practice Disclosure”

OTC Markets Group Establishes A Stock Promotion Policy

By Laura Anthony | Legal & Compliance, LLC

As OTC Markets Group continues to position itself as a respected venture trading platform, it has adopted a new stock promotion policy and best practices guidelines to improve investor transparency and address concerns over fraudulent or improper stock promotion campaigns. Continue reading “OTC Markets Group Establishes A Stock Promotion Policy”

PR & the Small Cap Company

What is IR?

For small cap companies, the view of communications is most often through the lens of Investor Relations (IR) – the process of interacting with shareholders, the investment community and the financial media. Continue reading “PR & the Small Cap Company”

Is Regulation A+ an Initial Public Offering – IPO?

By Rod Turner | Manhattan Street Capital, Inc.

What is Regulation A+?

This is not a traditional IPO. While you are allowed to use a Reg A+ offering to take your company public and list it on the NASDAQ or the NYSE, that is not a requirement, and it is not the path most companies will take because the reporting costs from being public on the big boards are very high. Continue reading “Is Regulation A+ an Initial Public Offering – IPO?”

Corporate Governance Rules of the Road

There is growing interest in the area of Corporate Governance and how companies can leverage best practices to attract investors and lower the cost of raising capital.  To provide companies with the “rules of the road” we recently hosted a webinar with Compass Investor Relations.   Continue reading “Corporate Governance Rules of the Road”

Why pay-to-play research and marketing makes sense for ‘smicrocaps’

By David Collins, IR Magazine |  Tackling the challenges faced by small and micro-cap companies. Continue reading “Why pay-to-play research and marketing makes sense for ‘smicrocaps’”

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