By far the most important element in any transaction involving angel investment is the protection of the investors’ money.
Typically, whilst investors may have a presence on a board of directors of a company, they will not be involved in day to day affairs. Therefore, it is of vital importance that a properly drafted Investment Agreement is put in place.
Whilst there is a balance to be struck in order that the management can continue to run the business on a day-to-day basis, funds invested must be protected to ensure they are not spent in ways not envisaged or authorised by the investors.
We have acted for both management and investors over many years.
When acting for investors we identify at as early a stage as possible the key reasons for the investors’ proposed investment into the business and then work to ensure that value is retained whilst the investment itself is protected.
When acting for management, we take a pragmatic approach to ensure that their shareholdings, day-to-day control and position on an exit are maximised, whilst emphasising that the investor’s desire to protect its money must be respected.
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