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PRIVATE EQUITY AND VENTURE CAPITAL

VANDENBULKE is the preferred counselor of several venture capital investors active in nascent or matured industries. We assist them in structuring and negotiating private equity and venture capital financings. We counsel our clients in the formation and initial capitalization of their business, then guide them through all stages and types of public and private financings, from early-stage seed money and angel investments through later-stage financing and public offerings.
Our expertise covers the entire private equity spectrum, including fund formation and marketing, structuring and making equity investments, negotiating bridge, high-yield and senior debt financing for portfolio companies, structuring management compensation programs, making follow-on investments, executing recapitalization transactions, disposing of investments through private or public sales, making in-kind distributions and negotiating workouts.

We also assist clients extensively in the design and set-up of venture capital vehicles in Luxembourg, whether structured as a traditional investment fund or corporate entity, or as a SICAR, Luxembourg’s most common form of venture capital investment company.
Our firm has become a leading adviser in private equity. Our clients include many of the most active independent private equity firms, as well as private equity groups within major financial institutions.

The lawyers in our Private Equity and Venture Capital practice regularly represent both the general partner and limited partners of the funds that provide private capital as well as the companies, management teams and entrepreneurs who utilize that capital to acquire, create, and grow businesses around the globe. We cover the entire spectrum and life cycle of transactions in the private equity markets, from formation to investment to exit.

Our lawyers have worked on transactions covering a broad range of industry sectors over many years and combine legal knowledge with solid business experience and judgment, along with industry know-how and contacts. The depth of our experience gives us a thorough understanding of current market practices and terms and conditions and allows us to provide value-added service to our clients. In addition, as part of a leading law firm with global experience, our lawyers are able to draw upon the comprehensive resources of the firm to address the full scope of related regulatory, legal, and other issues that arise in today’s complex transactions.

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NEUMES

Neumes are the ancestors of our Western and Eastern systems of musical notation, prior to the invention of five-line staff notation. The earliest neumes (from the Greek pneuma, i.e., breath) were inflective marks, in the form of symbols pointing up and down. These indicated the general direction but not necessarily the exact notes or rhythms to be sung. In the Middle Ages, a learning period of up to 10 years was necessary for mastering the huge repertoire of songs covering one full liturgical year. The use of these shorthand mnemonics could be invaluable if the singer knew the tune but did not know how to fit in the words or if his memory slipped a little…