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March 2014

Reed Smith

Our March meeting was hosted by Reed Smith.

Reed Smith represents many of the world's leading companies in complex litigation and other high-stakes disputes, cross-border and other strategic transactions, and crucial regulatory matters.

Reed Smith is known for its experience across a broad array of industry sectors. Reed Smith counsels 13 of the world's 15 largest commercial and savings banks; 8 of the world's 15 largest oil and gas companies; and the world's three largest pharmaceutical distribution and wholesale companies.

The firm's largest office is in London, where we have nearly 350 lawyers serving international and domestic clients. From London, we specialise in all aspects of English law involving trade, litigation and commercial concerns.

Our lawyers undertake all forms of inward investment to the United Kingdom, as well as matters arising with business concerns overseas. Two-thirds of our work has a cross-border dimension and our clients range from the largest FTSE 100 companies, to SMEs positioning themselves for London listings. One unique aspect is our especially strong reputation for client service, a notable string to our bow for which we regularly receive public endorsements.


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Guest Speaker
Cobalt

Paddy MccGwire -
Cobalt Corporate Finance
Maximising Your Exit Value
Would you like to understand what drives value in an exit and where your focus should be in creating wealth for you and your family?
Paddy MccGwire, a leader in the field of Corporate Finance, has been helping technology businesses and shareholders to maximise their exits for 17 years from Cobalts London headquarters. With additional offices in Silicon Valley and Germany, Cobalt uses its global knowledge of buyers with over 70% of recent exits being sold to US and overseas acquirers.
Paddy will talk about Cobalts approach to exit strategy by focusing on the strategic value you can offer to potential acquirers. He will also explain how they advise on and manage an exit process, which maximises value while minimising leakage, from the initiation stage to having the cash in your bank!
"Not only did the Cobalt team deliver us a great sale, they also spent two years beforehand preparing our business and management to ensure we were ready for it."
Malcolm Wyllie, Tomorrow Communications



Business Pitches

Kwanji
Dom Thorpe - Wireless FitnessAre you a fitness fanatic, or just an occasional exerciser that loves music to motivate you or to drive your moves such as: Spin, Zumba, and BodyPump etc? But you feel cooped up inside a Gym or dance studio? Would you like to be in the open air exercising in a park but cant due to noise regulations? There is a new revolutionary solution: "The Wireless Fitness" System bypasses these problems by allowing instructors deliver music based exercise outside using their advanced technology. Any class can be delivered in any place with an unlimited number of participants and no studio rental fees! Their unique technology has a patent pending and are currently looking for help to access investment to take the business to the next level. Wireless Fitness has a very strong Exec Team, with extensive hands on experience of: Fitness training, running a business, sales and marketing and fund raising.
Generating great press coverage:The MAIL ON SUNDAY / MAIL ONLINE said: "Wireless Fitness is an outdoor boot-camp-style class where participants wear headphones blasting a motivating musical soundtrack and the trainers instructions. Sessions involve circuit-training moves like burpees and press-ups combined with running, dancing and boxercise. For the more dance-orientated, there is Zumba in the park."

The Sales Consultancy
Leigh Ashton -
The Sales Consultancy
Do you want to become an outstanding sales professional?
Leigh Ashton and her team at The Sales Consultancy have been helping their clients to understand and master sales for over 18 years. They work with: business owners, sales directors, sales teams and managers; both new sales staff as well as experienced sales professionals.
They have built a comprehensive offering from the ground up that changes how people think about sales, which then has a positive impact on the sales results they are able to achieve on an ongoing basis. These are delivered in workshops, though DVDs and CD as well as Books.
Leigh and her team have taken all this knowledge and IP and are building an online platform to help the small business owner generate more sales. The platform will incorporate eLearning, sales process and management tools as well as CRM and email marketing and tracking...all in one place, easy to use and accessible 24/7.
Leigh will be sharing her vision of how to build the next generation of outstanding sales professionals...would you like to become one of them?

PositionDial
Mariam Cook - PositionDialWould you like to make YOUR views count? To connect where you stand with what you do?
- Discover: the different sides of the story on issues you care about
- Track: your own PositionDial of where you stand
- Act: buy, vote, campaign in line with your values
PositionDial is developing a next generation online social discovery and data intelligence platform that helps people, brands and businesses make an informed impact.
Our b2b offer serves growing demand for big data insight we offer powerful (social and behaviour-based) Position analytics: so CSR programmes, communications, partnerships, supply chains, etc. can be super effective and value-consistent... again connecting where you stand (or where you want to stand!) with what you do.
The PositionDial team is made up of digital engagement, big data and mobile experts, including seasoned start-up founders with over seventy years experience with global organisations, media & brands including: The Guardian, JP Morgan, Oxfam, Samsung, P&G, Kraft, Barclays and Unilever.
Our early prototype enables users to see the different sides of the story and react. We are currently looking for access to early stage funding to get the next phase of our: 'discover, track, act' architecture built and to market.