John M. Rafferty
Emerging Companies + Venture Capital, Corporate, and Mergers + Acquisitions
In The News
Morrison & Foerster partner John Rafferty spoke about the effects of a slowdown in valuation growth on the overall market in the Venture Capital Journal article “Valuations Start to Stabilize in H1 While Market Remains Strong” (subscription required).
Despite a PitchBook report showing that numbers from H1 2019 are pointing to a stabilization of valuations, John says that this isn’t a sign of an overall market slowdown, noting that “it still feels like one of the busiest periods for startup companies in terms of financing and liquidity transactions.”
John adds that the more reasonable valuations combined with significant step-up multiples in the first half of 2019 shows smooth sailing ahead for the market. “It’s still a very active market with lots of interest from investors and lots of companies are getting funding. From an overall feeling about the industry, it’s still very healthy.”
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