Jeffrey Sweeney’s Article “Banking on IP” Published by ABL Advisor
Chairman and CEO of US Capital explains how alternative lenders can leverage patents and trademarks to secure greater availability for their clients.
SAN FRANCISCO, NOVEMBER 2017 – ABL Advisor, a leading online resource for the asset-based lending community, has published an insightful article on IP financing by Jeffrey Sweeney, Chairman and CEO at US Capital.
Entitled “Banking on IP: An Insider’s Perspective,” Sweeney’s article explains how to identify and value IP assets, includingunused “Rembrandts” sitting in the corporate IP attic, what main asset-based loan structures are available for patents, what the minimum deal size is and what finance rates are typically available, and what to consider when qualifying a potential borrower.
Sweeney is an investment banker and fund manager with years of experience in direct lending and corporate finance for small to lower middle market businesses. Headquartered in San Francisco, his firm US Capital is a full-service private financial group that specializes in making traditional middle market banking products and services available to the lower middle market.
“In today’s ‘knowledge economy,’ promising businesses are increasingly built on intangible assets, especially their patents and trademarks,” said Sweeney. “When a traditional asset-based lender may only be able to offer limited availability to an IP-rich client, collaborating with a suitable IP lender can help salvage the deal, by providing the additional availability needed while allowing any existing asset-based lenders to retain their senior positions.”
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About US Capital
Since 1998, the US Capital team has been committed to providing small and lower middle market businesses and investors with sophisticated debt, equity, and investment opportunities usually available only to larger middle market companies and institutional investors. The firm manages direct investment funds and provides wealth management and M&A services. Operating with its registered investment bank affiliate, US Capital Global Securities, LLC, the firm acts as a licensed placement agent, and collaborates closely with its peers in professional banking and investment advisory.