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AFME and BAE work together on the Capital Markets Union – Measuring progress and planning for success

The report that will be presented 24th September in Brussels is the first publication in an annual series which will review developments in the Capital Markets Union (CMU) project and provide market participants, policy makers, and other stakeholders with key EU and member state facts about its progress and identify what further work needs to be done.

Three years on from the launch of the CMU Action Plan, and with the end of the Juncker Commission approaching in 2019, this report provides a timely opportunity to review the progress that has been made to date on achieving the CMU’s vital aims. BAE contribution focused on pre-IPO finance and recommendations to improve the BA mark.

Read on at | Time to measure progress to complete Capital Markets Union

Almost three years on from its launch, the Capital Markets Union needs renewed momentum to see it reach fruition and deliver on the promise of deep and well-integrated EU capital markets. Simon Lewis outlines why now is the moment to assess its progress so far.

Simon Lewis is the chief executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), representing Europe’s wholesale financial markets.

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ESIL | Early Stage Investors Summit, 5 & 6 November 2018

We are happy to announce the ESIL Early Stage Investors Summit, taking place on the 5th and 6th of November 2018 in Brussels. This event is organized for all the ESIL Local Leaders and will take place on European Commission premises. The ESIL partners are confident that this event presents a worthwhile networking opportunity for all ESIL stakeholders. Indeed, we believe that meeting face to face is the best way to get acquainted with all the services ESIL offers for Early Stage Finance stakeholders.

European Women Investment Forum (15th November 2018)

Meet the leading women angels and the networks that work to stimulate female investment from France and around Europe during the first European women angel investor forum.

In the afternoon, workshops for the WA4E partners and their women angels are organised by BAE. In the evening, Femmes Business Angels opens their event to WA4E partners.

Event sponsored by BNP Paribas Banque Privée and organised by FBA in partnership with Mr. Mounir Mahjoubi, Secretary of State responsible for Digital Affairs.

UKBAA | Save the Date! Mayor of London’s TechInvest Programme, September 28, 2018

Mayor of London’s TechInvest Programme is an exclusive event series supported by the Mayor of London, in partnership with UK Business Angels Association. This four-year London-based series will showcase the Capital as a global hub for tech innovation by inviting London’s most ground-breaking tech entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses to industry leading investors. With five events per year, each will focus on a specific tech sector, drawing in the best start-up, early stage or scaling businesses to be showcased. From our competition series, an expert judging panel will pinpoint businesses with the strongest potential to scale and contribute to elevating London’s global tech-sector.

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ACA Webinar August 29, 2018 -Achieving the Right Balance in Early Stage Term Sheets

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Getting to a set of terms that provides substantive coverage without complexity that can hamper follow-on funding is critical to successful early stage investing. Too little coverage adds exposure to excessive dilution and lack of influence; too many onerous terms could dampen future investor participation or open the door to follow-on rounds also securing the same terms, thus mitigating the protections originally intended. Join us for an interview of experienced angel investor and Angel Capital Association instructor Bill Payne by ACA Board Member Kevin Learned to understand the considerations and implications of the terms chosen at the earliest stages of investment to increase the likelihood of success downstream.


Bill Payne, Frontier Angel Fund

Kevin Learned, Boise Angel Alliance

Bloomberg Businessweek | Why Can’t Europe Do Tech?

Over the past few years, Europe has brought in the kind of money it used to lack, worn down some barriers to regional expansion, and built a handful of startup hubs in its national capitals. “Europe’s tech ecosystem has the talent, ambition, and velocity to produce companies of comparable scale to the Facebooks and Ubers of the world,” says Manish Madhvani, managing partner of GP Bullhound LLP, a tech-focused investment adviser. And still, many of the continent’s best efforts keep flaming out or selling out too early. It’s worth taking a tour through this lovely land of walkable cities and missed business opportunities to figure out what’s gone wrong, and what may finally be going right.

Read on at Bloomberg Businessweek.