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IP Matters: Selling a $2bn company: Case Study

20 July



How does a start-up that couldn’t raise its initial funding needs, get valued for over US2bn within a few years? How do organisations haemorrhaging cash maintain their valuations? How does a company valued at 4x EBITA get sold for over 30x? 

In this session we will discuss the critical nature of intangible assets and how they are already the most critical and valuable of all corporate assets. This will be an interactive session illustrating how times have changed, the current state of play and what is the direction for the future and the impact this will inevitably have. Think practical real world examples rather than legalistic jargon and a true what-it-means-for-you approach.

Key Takeaways

With the rise of technology, intangible assets have grown to represent as much as 87% of S&P corporate market values. However, protection against IP Infringement remains a niche market and tends to be seen as too-far-in-the-future by short sighted risk managers. How can PARIMA members ensure that safeguarding their intellectual property is not overlooked?

Mark Waters of Antares Underwriting showed the audience how much potential a company’s intangible assets can hold and how insurance can be part of the protection process providing funding for legal services.

Some questions from the audience: What are the strengths and limits of IP Infringement Insurance? How do risk managers start assessing the value of the company’s intangible assets and demonstrate the importance of risk management and defense at the board level?

Speaker / Moderator

Mark Waters

Legal Expenses Underwriter
Antares Underwriting Asia

Steve Tunstall

Steve Tunstall

General Secretary

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