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When it comes to issuing an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) or Token Generation Event (TGE), there needs to be a compelling reason to invest other than some artificial price increase of the token over a very short period of time. Ideally, you would need a large enough network to drive demand for your token or coin. Combine your network with a healthy understanding of economic...

If you are reading this, it's likely you already are aware of what an ICO bounty is and what it entails. For the under-informed, a bounty on a token or coin offering is simply this: a commission paid to an individual or group of individuals for promoting a coin or token offering. It's the unregistered equivalent of a selling agent who is part of an underwriting syndicate...

If the SEC thinks even utility tokens will be classified as securities, then the rules surrounding the thousands of ICO advisory services (especially those not licensed as investment bankers) are likely to change drastically -- and change soon. Take some time to peruse Linkedin profiles in search of how many "ICO Advisors" and "Blockchain Experts" have arisen in the last six months. The numbers will astound...

The impact of smart contracts should certainly not be understated. However, most of the oft-touted applications for smart contracts are applied to areas outside stocks, bonds and traditional securities. But that is precisely where the greatest benefit is to be gleaned. Consider a very typical, boring M&A transaction whose consideration could include one or more of the following: Cash Stock Earnout Note One might be able to add...

Is the market dead for 100% non-dilutive, massive token and coin crowdsales? Probably not wholly, but investors and issuers are getting smarter about how they both structure and invest in such deals. And, thanks to the fact that the SEC has staked its claim on most ICOs (yes, even utility tokens), there are now stronger arguments than ever to include at least some equity in...

This material has been prepared for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as investment, accounting, tax, legal or other professional advice. The views of the third parties set out in this publication are not necessarily the views of Nead,LLC. Moreover, they should be seen in the context of the time they were made. Life sciences companies have always operated in...

If done correctly, selling your business can take a year or more and requires a steady, but controlled hand in guiding the process from start to finish. Sellers often wonder, “why does the process take so long?” Let’s reverse engineer it to show why this is the case. Deal Prep--While a good hustle can shorten this process, it typically takes six to eight weeks of...

Private placements are tough. Here’s why: Investors are preoccupied--particularly individual accredited investors. Marketing deals is difficult--both preparation and outreach require learned skills that are typically not internal to company founders and management. Regulation D 506(c) may have improved the environment for private placements, but syndicating deals is one way to greatly improve the success of your next private equity deal. Proper, successful syndication of private placements requires the...

Cash -- Cash is king, but not always. Cash is only king when cash is either needed or when cash trumps a bigger potential strategy. Stock -- This could include private and public stock mergers. In almost all cases, I would advise against the former. The latter can be a great boon or bust. It really depends on the deal. Earnouts -- Multiple books could...