Raising the Funds You Need
With the world’s major economies back on a growth trajectory, the IPO market is coming back to life. With the revival of the IPO market, interest from savvy investors in private companies that have what it takes to go public has been on the rise.The highest returns can often be made by investing in a company poised to go public, as the spread in valuations between private and publicly listed companies is often significant.
At Galileo, we target those companies we believe will make the leap to the public markets in the coming months. We seek out businesses that can rapidly grow and become dominant players in their respective fields, businesses with competitive advantages that can be maintained. Businesses with what we refer to as disruptive technologies – that is technologies that will forever change the industry they are operating in.
Typically, large and savvy financial institutions have dominated the world of private equity, with venture capital firms taking control of the most promising of opportunities. However, at Galileo, working with wealthy private investors or “angels,” we offer young and rapidly growing companies an alternative to the behemoth venture capital firms (often referred to as “vulture capital” firms by entrepreneurs familiar with their often brutal demands for corporate control). As a result, companies that choose to work with Galileo benefit from increased flexibility, faster responses, and a more streamlined process from start to finish
Working with financial institutions and private investors, our firm is able to move quickly to seize opportunities while venture capital firms deliberate endlessly as they sort through a bureaucratic process, passing each company’s business plan from committee to committee. While many venture capital firms can take as long as three to nine months to arrive at a decision to invest, Galileo has been able to move with far more speed and focus by concentrating on only several opportunities each year, selected from literally hundreds of opportunities most of which fall short of our stringent criteria. By acting with speed, we offer our international client base of private and small institutional investors opportunities they would otherwise not have access to until after a public listing. Our ability to offer our investors such venture opportunities is unique and can have a meaningful impact on the overall investment portfolio.