Last year, global venture financing broke records. In 2021, $329.9 billion was invested across an estimated 17,054 deals. However, despite the record breaking year and continued growth in the economy, the latest data indicates that the venture capital market is retreating somewhat in the first months of 2022.
According to recent data, round sizes from the Series A to C stages in the United States are in decline. This shift signals a less competitive market for investors looking to find a deal, but could signal trouble for startup founders looking for venture financing.
For this reason, startup founders need to be prepared when opportunity strikes. That’s why venture financing expert Brian Dillavou recommends founders have a firm understanding of venture financing term sheets before stepping up to the deal table.
Dillavou is a partner at legal services firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he advises startups and early-stage businesses on corporate legal issues; venture capital and other financings; stock options and other compensation matters; and M&A and capital markets transactions. On May 27, 2022, Dillavou will be hosting a webinar for Founders Network members where he’ll detail customary provisions in venture financing term sheets.
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About the Speaker:
Brian Dillavou is a corporate partner in the Austin office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he represents start-ups and emerging growth companies from incorporation and early-stage financings through strategic exits such as initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents institutional investors and financial institutions in venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets transactions, including initial public offerings and other equity and debt financings. Brian has particular experience working with clients in the technology, fintech, and life sciences sectors.
About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati:
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them.
The firm is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of corporate governance and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, securities litigation, employment law, intellectual property, and antitrust, among many other areas of law. Our distinguished international roster of clients spans a wide variety of industries, including information technology, life sciences, energy and clean technology, social and traditional media, communications, retail, and financial services.
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