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  • On Structuring an Earn-out

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 15 Jun 2010

    As you all know, most deals fall apart because companies CEOs/owners (and/or the investors already in the "deal") are not realistic when placing a value on their respective companies. When there's a valuation difference between what a buyer thinks a business is worth and what the seller expects to p...

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  • So should you buy your business or build it from scratch?

    By: Ziad Abdelnour | 10 Jun 2010

    We at Blackhawk receive and review over 2,000 business plans a year; and the question that keeps recurring at all times by every one of our entrepreneurs seeking funding is: Should I buy a business or rather build one from scratch? Here’s a few pointers you should consider before heading dow...

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  • On things worth considering when investing in Cleantech

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 31 May 2010

    As part of Blackhawk’s close group of family and friends; and to set the record straight, we thought we’d share with you some of the most provoking thoughts we entertain when investing in Green Technology. As you may be aware of, throughout the world, the growing demand for energy is set to a...

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  • Don't be Fooled by What Policy Makers tell you Read the Facts

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 29 May 2010

    As part of Blackhawk’s close group of family and friends, we thought we’d share with you some of our most salient views as to the state of the world economy today and what to watch for in case you’re also in the “Wealth Creation” business. We hope these thoughts will help you better pos...

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  • Want to know What are our Private Equity Deal Killers?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 27 May 2010

    As part of Blackhawk’s close group of family and friends; and to set the record straight, we thought we’d share with you the Classic “deal killers” that we encounter when reviewing the more than 2,000 business plans submitted to us on the average a year. By “deal killers” we really mean ...

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  • So you want to bet the Currency Markets like a Multi-Billion Dollar Family Office?

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 25 May 2010

    If you’ve travelled internationally over the past few years, you’ve noticed how much less your dollar buys. US purchasing power has declined by 70% -80% since 2002, and the story is not over yet. Such concerns were nonexistent prior to 1971, when the world had fixed exchange rates: currencies...

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  • Alternative Energy is a long overdue solution whose Time has come

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 23 May 2010

    Last Thursday, May 20, 2010, marked one month since BP's oil rig exploded in the Gulf Coast .... This is the clearest picture we could have of our failed national energy policy -- which extends over many decades and administrations. It's not just the one BP oil rig. For example, since the Deep...

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  • On Women's Coming to Power and how we at Blackhawk are dealing with it

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 21 May 2010

    We at Blackhawk believe that a huge and fast-growing group of people are poised to take their place in the economic mainstream over the next decade, as producers, consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs. This group’s impact on the global economy will be at least as significant as that of China and...

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  • How to best Protect Your Assets in the turbulent times ahead

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 19 May 2010

    Morning folks Take a few minutes to read this article http://thedailybell.com/1050/IMF-Plotting-Gold-Backed-SDRs.html At the rate we are going, it seems that there is no other choice for the USD (Dollar) than to be DEVALUED and that there will soon be a new Global Currency backed by GOLD. O...

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  • On the Challenges and Opportunities we see in Latin America

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 17 May 2010

    Despite previous Venture Capital (VC) and Private Equity (PE) activity in Latin America since the mid 80s, the asset class can still be considered a “new species” in the region. Taking however into account the growth levels the asset class experienced in developed markets during that same time p...

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