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    Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) serve a vital role in today’s economy by providing essential equity and loan financing to both new and established American small businesses. The federal SBIC program significantly enhances an SBIC's ability to provide this financing and helps to provide SBICs with a competitive advantage against other types of small business lenders by opening access to additional types of limited partners and providing leverage against a fund’s private capital.

    In order to take advantage of the many opportunities available to SBICs, fund managers must navigate a complicated regulatory landscape during all stages of an SBIC fund’s life, from formation of the fund to applying for its SBIC license to making portfolio investments to winding down the fund and surrendering its SBIC license. Care must be taken at all of these stages to comply with SBIC regulations in order to maintain good standing and avoid legal complications.

    Locke Lord lawyers have extensive experience working with SBICs in all stages of a fund’s life. Working closely with our corporate, securities, tax, restructuring and insolvency, employment and other practice areas, we provide counsel to clients in the following areas:

    • Transactions, including equity investments and debt financings
    • Fund formation, including licensing and regulatory advisory services
    • Limited partner investments in SBIC funds
    • Distressed transactions, workouts, and dispute resolution

    Our experience working with SBICs, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA) and our skills at offering innovative business solutions help to ensure that Locke Lord’s representation of SBIC funds will be managed in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

    Please visit sbiclaw.com for more information

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