Many successful privately held companies are able to raise funds from institutional investors at attractive valuations and defer their IPOs.  Almost $49 billion was raised in late stage private placements (also referred to as “mezzanine” private placements or “pre-IPO” private placements) in 2017, an 18% year-over-year increase.  As in prior years, tech companies benefited most

A recent publication by Mergermarket and Toppan provides useful data on unicorns. The United States is home to the largest number of unicorns and is, according the respondents, likely to remain so in the next twelve months.

The publication also addresses valuation issues, considering

Since 2004, the number of companies valued at over $1 billion, known as unicorns, has grown exponentially.  Pitchbook’s recently published Unicorn Report notes that unicorns currently make up one-fifth of 2017’s total deal value. There are currently 176 U.S.-based companies that are classified as unicorns.  While the number of unicorns has increased, the number of