VC's Toes Getting Ready to Dip

I am hearing more and more anecdotal evidence that venture capital and private equity firms are interested in learning more about reverse mergers, self-filings and other IPO alternatives as a path to exit for portfolio companies. Some are even investing in PIPE financings (they call them VIPERs). Can they get comfortable investing in a public ...

Check Out Our New Companion Blog: www.CrisisPost.com 2

Today I am pleased that we are soft launching  the Crisis Post at www.crisispost.com. Why a new blog? Many of you know me from here at the RM blog, or from my contributions on entrepreneurship to Slate.com’s small business site at bizbox.slate.com. Some of you have read my book, Reverse Mergers: Taking a Company Public Without an IPO ...

Upbeat Mood in Shanghai IV

A few slightly more fun last observations as I get ready t0o leave this amazing city: * The big Shanghai Expo is coming up next year.  Apparently, in preparation, the government is sponsoring classes to teach residents appropriate etiquette in elevators. * The new hotels in the Pudong section of Shanghai have really great air ...

Upbeat Mood in Shanghai III

I have yet to really comment as to the headline of this series of posts. Anyone who attended the PIPE Conference in New York in October knows how there was pretty much nothing but doom and gloom in the forecast of things to come. But now, in March in Shanghai, real signs of life in ...

Upbeat Mood in Shanghai II

More from the just finished International PIPE Conference in Shanghai. I am very pleased to report that this was the first conference in our space that I have attended where nothing but positive things were said about the value of using Form 10 shells to complete reverse mergers, especially with Chinese companies. One speaker noted ...

Upbeat Mood in Shanghai I

I am still fighting jetlag days after arriving in Shanghai for the International PIPEs conference, which ended yesterday. One attendee told me he read that the most overused phrase is “takeaway,” so I will not use that phrase. Instead here are some things I learned, as always in no particular order. * Thanks first to ...

China- Land of Pandas, the Great Wall and Reverse Mergers

The heading above is the title of the new chapter we’ve been working on for the second edition of my book which is expected to be released later this year. Reverse mergers from China have become so ubiquitous at this point they have earned a full chapter! Thus it is fitting that I am now here ...

Those Pesky AIG Bonuses

Unlike apparently pretty much the whole country, I have really mixed feelings about the $165 million in bonuses recently paid to AIG executives. I totally understand the outrage given that over $100 billion of your tax dollars have gone to save this “too big to fail” giant. And the fact that 11 people that have ...

Off to China

I’m headed Friday to speak at DealFlow Media’s PIPE conference in Shanghai next week. I will be moderating  a panel on how Chinese companies get ready to become US public companies. I am looking forward to the interplay with a fabulous group of panelists. I am also looking forward to the inauguration of a direct ...

RM Deals Since November: Could be Worse

According to the newest issue of the Reverse Merger Report, there have been a total of 44 reverse mergers from November to February. This is about a 1/3 reduction from the height when over 200 deals a year were being done. Worse, the RMR reported that February was the first month since September 2005 that ...