An information subscription contract is very similar to a purchase agreement note (above) – most of the time, it`s just a name agreement. From time to time, however, you will see that subscription agreements are used to take some of the more complex terms of a note and in a separate subscription contract, so that the note and subscription contract work as two halves of a convertible debt. The effect of doing it this way is the same, it only allows for a simpler note and a more in-depth processing of conversion mechanics in a more traditional contractual format. We see quite regularly how small businesses are bought by larger companies in a transaction that many call the “acqui-hire” transaction, called “acqui-hire,” because one of the main motivations for the acquisition is to bring employees to the target company. The recipient company`s desire to pay as little as possible to acquire these employees (and all the other assets they want) and bring as much as possible to employees. In many cases, target companies have current convertible bonds, which require the notes to be repaid as part of a company sale (sometimes with a premium cash payment). The target company therefore has a few options: (1) convince the recipient company to include enough cash in the consideration to pay for the notes, or (2) to convince bondholders to take less cash in the satisfaction of the sums due to them (and to convince the recipient company to absorb enough cash to pay the reduced amounts). Irrespective of that, this is an early-stage problem with the potential purchaser and, in many cases, with your bondholders, to determine whether this could be an obstacle to an agreement. Even if investors are in good standing with the deferral of part of their protection to Serie A, there are some things that early investors focus a lot on in the “Seed Round” with convertible bonds. The processing mechanism must work properly so that investors know that they are receiving equity or repayments as they see fit.
This means that eligible financing, i.e. the equity agreement that triggers automatic conversion, includes all stock transactions that should trigger a conversion and provides appropriate conversion mechanisms if no qualified financing is reached (if this option is included) and if the sale of the business occurs while the rating has not yet been obtained. Investors can also apply for contractual protection against the issuance of priority debt securities until their debt securities have yet to be issued. Unlike a Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE), a convertible loan established under a convertible bond contract is remunerated, has a maturity date and sets a minimum amount of funds to be obtained for equity financing. In these circumstances, most companies would do one thing out of two: (1) extend the financing of the first notes and sell more notes on the same terms – this would probably require the authorization of existing bondholders to extend the existing cycle, which in many cases is not a controversial request; or (2) to make a new financing with a second note that could be done on the same terms or conditions different from those of the first round. If you have seen progress in building your business or if there are other positive factors that were not present at the time of the first financing, you should consider this second route and improve the conditions (from the company`s point of view) in order to exploit progress or positive factors.