Presented by Invest Ottawa partner,
The legal nuts and bolts of debt and equity financing
Every entrepreneur starting a new business knows that capital is needed to start and run a business. Do you find it yourself, reach out to family and friends to borrow money or issue shares, borrow from financial institutions, or do a round of equity financing through a private placement with angel investors or venture capital firms? Every growth phase in your business may require a different approach to raising capital and this workshop will cover a number of areas of interest to rising entrepreneurs.
In this session, participants will learn:
- How to best structure your company for raising money
- Getting started…is it best to lend money to my business or should I inject capital by issuing shares?
- What steps can I take to protect myself and my company when the company is the borrower?
- What are the rights and obligations of shareholders…the role of a shareholders’ agreement?
- How do I go about raising money for my company?
- Raising capital…key documents to consider: subscription and shareholder agreements, convertible debentures.
- Ontario Securities Act compliance issues for private companies raising capital.
Paul Salvatore is a partner of Low Murchison Radnoff LLP whose business law practice includes mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, secured and unsecured lending, private placement financing and corporate reorganizations. Paul has extensive experience in both lending and equity financings. He has represented technology clients from seed funding through to second round venture capital financings, convertible debenture financings and reverse takeover financings.