Eight things we learned from the Highland Chief Finance Officer roundtable

Highland Europe invited Chief Finance Officers from its portfolio companies and some others along for a day of discussion and inspiration in October. The companies represented were Outfittery, WeTransfer, Brandwatch, NextThink, Starleaf, Condeco, NewVoiceMedia, Junique, SocialPoint, EGym, Featurespace, Maropost, AMCS, TripTease, DoveConviene, Wooga and Talentsoft. The CFOs heard presentations from Tony Zappala and Laurence Garrett, two of Highland Europe’s partners and from Fiona Talbot, SVP of finance and HR Administration at NewVoiceMedia and David Reynolds, CFO of Brandwatch.

 

 

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Susanne Pindao
NEGOTIATING WITH INVESTORS

By Gajan Rajanathan, Highland Europe.

It’s much easier to file for divorce than to part company with a difficult shareholder – so finding the right investor is essential. As a critical first step, do your homework. Make a checklist of the main things you are looking for -  beyond the capital - which will encompass (in no particular order) geographic reach, sector experience, ability to assist with talent recruitment and strategic introductions. Also ask yourself whether this is someone to whom you would instinctively make your ‘first call’ in a crisis. If the answer’s no, then they are probably not the investor for you.

 

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Susanne Pindao