Archive for March, 2015

Due Diligence in the age of social media

It is fair to say that social media and its many platforms is a constantly evolving beast. When considering purchasing a business or acquiring business assets, particularly in transactions involving IT related intellectual property, it is common practice to ensure that domain names and email addresses are in check. However, in the age of social media and networking it is essential to undertake a thorough review of a target’s social media presence, particularly any blogs, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest accounts. Ensuring that comprehensive due diligence is undertaken in the social media space can give you valuable insight about a target as well as identify areas of risk that have potential to impact the commercial negotiation of a deal.

Thorough due diligence of a business’ social media assets allows valuable insight about the business, its staff and its general interactions with its customer base. For instance, if you are looking to acquire a business and its key employees, the LinkedIn profiles of staff members is a useful source of information. You can establish the network of connections that staff members have as well as obtain information about skills and references. It is also ideal to examine a business’ Facebook page to see what feedback has been received from consumers as well as gauge overall consumer satisfaction with the business and whatever products and services it offers.

By undertaking social media due diligence you will be in a position to assess what assets are of value and would be desirable to be included in the transaction. It will also bring to light the question, ‘who owns and has the rights to operate any relevant social media account?’ For instance, if a corporate Twitter profile was established by an employee outside of the scope of employment, who actually owns the account and its 30,000 followers? This is not a question that you want to be asking as an afterthought.

Ultimately the importance of social media to any specific business will depend on how engaged a business is with social media as a marketing or networking tool. That is why it is key to ensure that its value is identified and assessed at the outset. As a general rule, IT and social media due diligence should go hand in hand with overall due diligence.



PKC Group expands its business in China and establishes a joint venture with a Chinese commercial vehicle EDS supplier

The joint venture shall comprise Huakai’s current business. Huakai develops and manufactures electrical distribution systems to truck, construction vehicle and bus segments in China. The key customers are Foton (and Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive), Kinglong and Iveco. Foton is the fourth biggest truck manufacturer in China with 11% market share in 2014.


The joint venture is accomplished through a new company that will be established by Huakai in Danyang, Jiangsu province in China with an equity value of RMB 150 million / EUR 22 million. PKC contributes RMB 150 million / EUR 22 million via share issue to be financed from PKC’s cash resources. After the capital increase the total equity value of the joint venture is RMB 300 million / EUR 44 million and PKC owns 50% and Huakai 50%. The frame agreement contains specific terms regarding PKC’s right to consolidate.


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OPIC Announces Pilot Program to Connect Development Projects with Potential Investors

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution, is launching a pilot program to assemble complementary financial instruments to better catalyze capital for global development. The  Aligned Capital Pilot Program will connect forward-thinking global development entrepreneurs with a growing network of socially-minded investors seeking to support private business.


The Aligned Capital Pilot Program is voluntary, accepting applications from both accredited investors and project sponsors interested in additional investment. Contacts between prospective investors and project sponsors will be facilitated by an online platform available to both eligible investors and OPIC project applicants that opt to participate. Projects seeking capital are matched through an automated connection process to investors that identify interests in similar regions and sectors.


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Tian Ge Establishes Sponsored Level 1 American Depository Receipt (ADR) Program

Tian Ge Interactive Holdings Limited (“Tian Ge” or the “Company”, 1980.HK), the largest “many-to-many” live social communities platform in China, is pleased to announce the establishment of a sponsored Level 1 ADR program in the United States. The ADRs can be traded on the US over-the counter (“OTC”) market effective as of March 26, 2015 under the ticker symbol TGRVY.

The purpose of establishing a sponsored ADR program is to enhance the convenience of U.S. investors and to develop new investors, thus expanding the overall investor base. Tian Ge also expects that the establishment of a sponsored ADR program will lead to greater name recognition and enhanced market reputation for Tian Ge in the U.S.



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China’s first private bank begins operation

Wenzhou Minshang Bank, one of China’s first five pilot private banks, started operations on Thursday, a move which analysts said will help finance the country’s cash-starved small businesses and spur reforms in the financial system.

The bank completed its first credit business on Thursday, offering a credit loan with 300,000 yuan ($48,285) to Jiangda Electronic Co, a Wenzhou-based electronics and aluminum foil producer.


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