Getting your House in Order: How to Maximize Valuation Prior to an Exit or Capital Raise
**** WEBINAR CANCELLED ****
A webinar in the Entrepreneurial Growth series presented by UCLA Anderson
Alumni Career Services and The Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Thursday, November 15, 2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Pacific
Whether you are preparing to put your business up for sale or are contemplating a capital raise, no one wants to suffer the '10% valuation haircut' often forced on unsuspecting companies by a potential buyer or investor.
Brette Simon, a Partner in Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity for the international law firm of Bryan Cave LLP, provides practical suggestions to avoid common pitfalls that arise during a typical due diligence process by an acquirer or institutional investor. Even if a business owner has no current plans to sell their company or raise outside capital, these are best practices that all companies would be wise to follow.
After attending this session, you will be able t
? Implement practical strategies immediately to maximize your business’ valuation, based on the “Valuation Roadmap” (what buyers/investors focus on when they look under the hood).
? Come into work every day looking at the business from the perspective of a buyer- how can you make it more IPO or sale-ready?
? Even if you never raise institutional capital or sell your company, this course will help you to build a stronger company that is well-protected against potential landmines.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Pacific
About Brette Simon
Brette Simon is a corporate law partner in the Los Angeles office of Jones DayBryan Cave LLP. She advises companies and investors in mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity and venture capital financings, and has structured numerous joint venture and strategic alliance transactions. Ms. Simon also serves as outside corporate counsel for many of her clients. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Simon was a partner at Jones Day and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, and also practiced corporate law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles.
Her representative transactions include the sale of: The Sporting News to Vulcan Ventures; hollywood.com to Big Entertainment; Matthew Bender to Reed Elsevier; Times Mirror (former owner of the Los Angeles Times) to The Tribune Company; two divisions of Northrop Grumman to L-3 Communications; Sierracin Corporation to PPG Industries; IDS to CheckFree Corporation (now part of Fiserv); and Affiliate Fuel to Experian. In addition, Brette has represented GE Medical, Intel Capital, and Rustic Canyon in several of their strategic investments, as well as Aramark Corporation in numerous joint ventures. Private equity funds that she has represented include Carlin Capital Partners, JH Partners, Manhattan Growth Partners, Marlin Equity Partners, and SJ Partners. Ms. Simon's industry experience includes media and publishing, health care, software, aerospace and defense, and branded consumer products (including food and beverage).
In 2010, Ms. Simon was selected as a winner of the inaugural "40 Under 40" recognition award (an international competition), by The M&A Advisor, and was voted one of the top 13 dealmakers in the country under age 40 in by The Deal in 2007. She has been recognized as a "Super Lawyer" every year since 2005 in the area of mergers and acquisitions, by Los Angeles Magazine. Graduating first in her class from the UCLA School of Law, Ms. Simon earned Order of the Coif recognition, received six American Jurisprudence awards, and served as an Editor of the UCLA Law Review. She received her B.A. in Quantitative Economics and Decision Sciences, magna cum laude, from the University of California at San Diego, where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
About the Entrepreneurial Growth series:
The Entrepreneurial Growth webinar series brought to you by UCLA Anderson Alumni Career Services and the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is geared toward principals, owners, sole proprietors, or entrepreneurs. The webinars will provide training and development to help in growing your own business.
In this series, professors, industry experts and business owners will share key strategies to in-the-trench tips on business planning, marketing, sales, administration, and many other topics of interest to small business owners.
Mar 15, 1pm Entrepreneurial Growth: Business Planning for the Small Business Owner with Bob Foster
Apr 19, 1pm Entrepreneurial Growth: Building Your Brand with Per Welinder '99
May 14, 1pm Entrepreneurial Growth: The Sales Approach - How to Make a Compelling Cold (or Warm) Call that Gets You a Meeting with Kate Pletcher '07
June Entrepreneurial Growth: Accounting, Tax and HR Q&A with Jake Jacobs
Sept 27, 1pm Entrepreneurial Growth: 5 Things Every Entrepreneur Can Do Now to Double Profits with Dave Lavinsky '99
Oct 16, 1pm Entrepreneurial Growth: Forming a Mastermind Group with Dennis Santiago '91, Kathy Yeung '97 and Andrew Young '00
Nov 15, 1pm Entrepreneurial Growth: Getting Your House in Order - How to Maximize Valuation Prior to an Exit or Capital Raise with Brette Simon JD '94
Dec 7, am Entrepreneurial Growth: Breakfast Meeting and Networking