Off to China…Again

I leave tomorrow for Guangzhou, China to see a client next week. I have been simply floored by the amount of new activity I am seeing from new and potential clients in China. I am running out of copies of the Chinese translation of my book! I also plan on returning there in mid-August. With the ...

Rare Misstep by Reverse Merger Report

I am preparing a formal response to the lead article in the newest issue of the Reverse Merger Report, and my hope is they will publish it in the next issue. The article’s headline purports to suggest that Form 10 shells are suffering. The lead quote, from a “reverse merger specialist” who did not want ...

FTC Wants More Info on Merck/Schering-Plough Merger

According to Crain’s New York Business, the US Federal Trade Commission, looking at the antitrust implications of the proposed $41 billion combination of Merck and Schering-Plough, has asked the companies to supply more information about the transaction. Apparently this was expected, but does mean that the deal will go through greater scrutiny by the federal ...

Here's What Happens in Vegas…

Reprinted from our sister blog at www.crisispost.com. As the travelogue part of the blog continues, I thought I would get into the top 10 things I loved about Las Vegas, where I just attended the Reverse Merger Conference and stole a few extra days with the family. 1. My 7-year old son telling one of ...

Adding Electronic Tools to Your Arsenal 6

A talk at last week’s Reverse Merger Conference by investor relations firm Agoracom’s head George Tsiolis was very interesting indeed. He talked about the value of Web 2.0 and networking capabilities that many are not taking advantage of. In particular for public companies that he works with, he has found these tools to be most effective ...

More Good Stuff from Conference

I very much enjoyed the panel I moderated at last week’s Reverse Merger Conference which sought to answer the question, “Why consider a reverse merger in this environment?” The panel reiterated the value of going public in any market if a company sees benefits in doing so and can bear the costs. And in a ...

Great Conference!

Sorry I’m a bit delayed getting on here to write about the Reverse Merger Conference here in Vegas last week. I stayed a few days extra with the family to enjoy Kid Vegas for a bit. First, I thought the initial presentation from DealFlow Media on some key stats was very interesting indeed. First the ...

Finance Industry Regulatory Reform: Not So Much

The Wall St. Journal reported something quite major today: that the Obama administration is severely cutting back on its ambitious plan to completely remake the regulatory environment for the financial markets. They had originally said their goal was to combine and consolidate existing agencies to remove inefficiencies and overlapping jurisdictions. Now, well, they just want ...

Mood in Europe? Green Shoots Still Awaiting Sunlight

I spent a good part of last week in London meeting with various folks in finance. A hardy bunch for sure. I sense that their reaction to the market meltdown this past fall was a bit more reserved than we “sky is falling” Americans who slash and burn our budgets at the first sign of ...

Why Should Companies Go Public in the US?

I am in London meeting folks who work with non-US companies and take them public. Some go public here in the UK, others in the US. There has been extreme dissatisfaction for many companies who chose to list their securities on the Alternative Investment Market or AIM in the UK. It was attractive at first ...