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What is a Special Purpose Vehicle?
A special purpose vehicle (SPV) is a subsidiary of a company which is protected from the parent company's financial risk. It is a legal entity created for a limited business acquisition or transaction, or it can be used as a funding structure. It is sometimes called a special purpose entity (SPE).
An SPV has assets, liabilities, and a legal status outside of the obligations of the parent company. The primary purpose of an SPV is to carry out a specific business activity outside of the parent company, therein protecting the parent company from risks such as bankruptcy and insolvency issues.
Why is a Special Purpose Vehicle Important?
SPVs are formed as limited partnerships, trusts, corporations, or limited liability companies. They adopt the legal protections of the particular business entity. An SPV is created for independent ownership, management, and funding of a company.
An SPV, for examp
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Common Equity: What Is It?
Common equity is the total amount of all investments in a company made by common equity investors, including the total value of all shares of common stock, plus retained earnings and additional paid-in capital. The measure of common equity does not include the value of preferred equity, that is, the value of preferred stock or any other related interest (limited liability units, or limited partnership interests) with preferred equity status.
Issues regarding equity investment in a company can be complicated. Potential investors are strongly advised to seek out the advice of professional legal and financial counsel before committing to any equity investment.
Common stock is one of two classes of secur
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What is Vesting?
Vesting is the process where an employee or founder earns shares over time. This means rather than having immediate equity in a company, you earn a percentage of shares on a monthly (or quarterly) basis over time. Vesting protects a company from giving up too much equity to someone who spends only a short time with the company.
Why Do Founders Need Vesting?
In most cases, if you apply for venture capital, you will be required to have a vesting schedule for your stock. The good newsis in nearly all cases, you get credit for "time" that you've invested into the company. For example, if you have been working on the concept and idea for your company for two years, a venture capitalist would credit your agreed-upon vesting schedule for those two years.
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What Is Recapitalization?
Recapitalization (recap) takes place when a company undergoes a restructuring of its financials. When this occurs, debt and equity are re-assessed and re-allotted. The goal, usually, is to improve the company's overall stability or status. It generally occurs with the exchange of one type of financing for another. For example, shares may be exchanged for bonds, and so on.
Recapitalization is the way to organize a corporation's capital structure, including stock ownership and the rights and liabilities connected to each class or genre of stock. For shareholders of a business held together, this type of recapitalization is a nuanced, progressive strategy. In this sense, when undergoing recapitalization, a business is literally reorganizing — rights are being reorganized as they relate to stocks.
Why Consider Recapitalization?
Some reasons for recapitalization include the following:
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Non-qualified stock options give you an alternative way of compensating employees. They also give employees a sense of ownership that builds loyalty and encourages them to work harder.
Non-Qualified Stock Options: What Are They?
Grant date: The date when the employee receives the option to buy the stock.