Franchisees as Stakeholders: Your Rightful Claim

DDIFO’s first National Members Meeting on September 21 at the Mohegan Sun was chock-full of valuable information for franchise owners, but perhaps the most compelling presentation — The Franchisor In Play: Your Role as a Stakeholder, Not a Spectator — came from attorney Eric Karp. Karp’s message about the role franchise owners need to take in advance of and during a sale of the franchisor resonated strongly with the franchisees in attendance. DDIFO Members Only.

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IPO Age Dawning

Kent Bernhard of Portfolio.com reports that you ask just about any venture capitalist in California’s Silicon Valley about the market for taking companies public, and they’ll tell you it’s been horrible for nearly a decade and needs to improve for them to make money and create a healthy environment for investing in new companies.

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Private-Equity Firms Say Retail LBOs Return With Recovery

Carlyle also is poised to take advantage of stabilized capital markets to sell some of its investments, Horbach said. The firm is among the owners of Dunkin’ Brands, the operator of the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins chains, which is a likely candidate for an initial public offering, Horbach said.

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Rubenstein: No $10 Billion L.B.O.’s Anytime Soon

Mr. Rubenstein, the Carlyle Group founder, told Bloomberg Television in an interview on Thursday that many of the elements are in place for a recovery in the leveraged buyout industry. But the big deals from the golden age remain highly unlikely: “If you want to do a $10 or a $20 billion buyout, I think that’s unrealistic in this day and age right now.” DDIFO Members may watch the video.

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