John Simpson

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Vice President
Prior to joining Corum’s team, for 12 years John ran a leading boutique M&A firm in Silicon Valley specializing in technology-based transactions that included company sales and acquisitions, asset divestitures, management buyouts and capital raises. Previously John spent more than 20 years in the enterprise software arena, including C-level executive roles with BMC Software Inc. Ingres Corporation, and DEC. During these assignments he managed product lines located across the USA and Europe, and drove multimillion $$ strategic alliances and OEM sales channels. John also participated in several software startups in Silicon Valley during the 1980's, including founding Analytica, one of the industry's first ever software firms to be venture-capital funded.

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Critical M&A Contract Terms #8: Ensuring seller control to meet earnouts
As the final agreement is put together, remember that it may include contingent payments, or earnouts. In order to achieve those, you must ensure that you have control over the aspects of the business necessary to hit the goals in question.   Earnouts are often a key component of a deal structure.... Click here to read more
Posted by John Simpson, Vice President on 17 September 2015
Corum Top 10 Disruptive Tech Trends #6: Enmeshed Systems
Enmeshed Systems are the natural embodiment of Moore’s Law, enabling millions of lines of code to be buried in increasingly small and ultra-fast hardware. By now we’re pretty casual about the complex, embedded apps that are a part of our daily routine - running our interactive gas pumps, motion... Click here to read more
Posted by John Simpson, Vice President on 10 April 2015
Global M&A Attention from the Legal Community
I was recently a participant in the International Bar Association’s 2nd Biennial Silicon Valley conference in Santa Monica California, focused on worldwide trends in Venture Funding, Private Equity, and Exit Strategies. The well-attended event attracted transaction specialist lawyers from all over... Click here to read more
Posted by John Simpson, Vice President on 6 October 2014
Tech M&A Myth #4: When You Receive an Offer, Go for It & Forget Looking for Other Buyers
What if you receive a single, perhaps unsolicited, offer for your company?  Should you take it?  - i.e. Should your philosophy be a “Bird in the Hand”, or might you fall victim to this M&A myth?  Here are some thoughts:   First, is this solo offer really the best market price you can get? We’ve... Click here to read more
Posted by John Simpson, Vice President on 2 September 2014
WFS Silicon Valley Conference Report
One of Corum’s foundations has been a mission to educate and inform clients about the M&A marketplace. A big part of that is our participation in the World Financial Symposium, which was most recently held in Silicon Valley a few weeks ago. This conference was themed around growth and exit... Click here to read more
Posted by John Simpson, Vice President on 2 May 2014
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