Here is one comment that caught my eye"
I've worked with the CEO's and BOD's of many companies in their efforts to raise series A, B, or C capital. The issue of upfront fees normally arises when efforts to raise angel or VC funds have been exhausted and companies reach out to the alternative capital markets. As we all know during the last 18 months the traditional sources of capital have become scarce.In the alternative capital markets, it is common practice for the investment finders to charge upfront fees and generally these are large sums before beginning any work.
That being said, I have recently, through close long-term contacts in the VC industry, been introduced to an investment capital finder who does a great job raising capital and unlike investment capital companies like Bain, Goldman and others who charge large upfront fees. Loewen & Partners does not.
Rather they take a strategic partnership approach with company CEO's who have a business model they think can be executed successfully by charging a modest monthly cost share during the capital raise period. They don't want to make money on the front end but rather taking a strategic partnership approach with their clients, money is made on the back end of the deal when the capital closes escrow.
Loewen & Partners' business model makes complete sense to me as a outsider and business person. They have some skin in the game utilizing staff to zero in on sources of capital that would be a good match with the entrepreneur's business model. And with the cost share model , the entrepreneur has skin in the game preventing him/her from window shopping for money and then just walking away when the capital sources are brought to the table to negotiate the terms sheet.
In my opinion, If you can find a similar capital finder who will do a cost share approach during the raising period, rather than charge large up front fees, you will have a win/win approach in raising your capital needs.