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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