November 14, 2012
Congressional Country Club
8500 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
CPE Credits: 0
Hosted by The CFO AllianceCost: Free for Executive Members
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Whether a business is seeking to secure capital from private investors or to tap the public markets, taking on investment capital requires organizational structures and approaches that render a comprehensive and detailed view of the business.
To be ready for such scrutiny, business leaders must first get their “houses in order” by making certain that the firm’s auditors are being correctly managed, the firm’s board is properly engaged, and the executive team is intact. Nevertheless, many firms seldom leave enough time to accomplish all of what needs to get done to attract and accommodate investors.
Professor Mikhail Pevzner of GMU’s School of Management has agreed to facilitate a discussion that exposes an “investor-ready” multiyear timeline dotted with organizational “to-dos” that must be completed by a firm prior to engaging and accommodating outside investors.
• Structuring boards to accommodate the investor’s view
• Lending partners and disclosure: What banks require
• How to better manage auditors
It is our intent and hope for 2012 that together, through collaboration and peer-to-peer exchange, we can continue to move our respective business and economic climates forward on a sustainable path of profitable growth. By creating a more efficient and effective community platform where finance leaders can gather and share, we will continue to help the finance leaders of today and tomorrow steer us in the right direction.
Washington, DC tenants remain in a highly advantageous position after a third quarter in which leasing activity declined forty percent from the same quarter last year as the traditional drivers of the district’s leasing market lay dormant. Landlords are struggling to fill vacant space amid an environment where flat office-using job growth is providing little impetus for expansion in the office market. Activity from DC’s typically stalwart players in the leasing market, law firms and the federal government, were all but non-existent and what little deal activity did occur was driven by nonprofits, educational organizations, and communications firms. Total leasing activity in the District was 1.3 million square feet in the third quarter bringing the total leasing volume for the last twelve months to the lowest annual total since 2009 – at the height of the recession. The contributory factors behind this muted demand are numerous and varied. They include weaker than average office-using job growth, pullbacks in the federal government’s appetite for office space, an uncertain fiscal and economic outlook, and the long-term trend toward greater efficiency among tenants which is driving down aggregate demand for office space over time.
Broad theme of this Discussion
What can firms do to organize their companies so that they are best positioned to obtain capital?
Specifically, what can a middle market company do today to smoothly access capital markets tomorrow?