A new year brings a new set of business trends trying to keep up with an ever-changing market. Here are the top business trends to watch out for in 2015:
1) Cybersecurity & Online Privacy – With the rise in technology comes an elevated need to protect and secure the data and personal information that businesses collect. In the midst of breaches in company’s security measures, businesses from all over the world will begin to increase their investments in technology and cybersecurity. The corporate attention is in conjunction with multiple privacy protection laws that have the potential to be broken if not defended properly.
2) Foreign Interest in US Real Estate – Due to increasing uncertainties with economies abroad, foreign investors are looking to US Real Estate as a stable safe risk for their investments. Due to the new EB-5 visa program, Chinese investors are taking advantage of these lax regulations and looking towards the US to develop new high-end residential properties in the top US school districts.
3) Attracting Investors Through Crowdfunding – Fundraising competitions were on the rise in 2014 and will continue to see success and more in 2015. Investors now have greater access to the questions they want answers to with increased transparency through technology. Investors will also adapt their legal and business terms towards the market terms.
4) Issues with Private Investment – 2015 marks a continuing trend of private fund returns outpacing capital markets. Looking at the data, we expect to see a vigorous capital flow in the private fund arena. With this will come an increase in disputes over these private funds. Private equity companies can expect to see claims against proper fund control, earn-out arguments, and investor concerns over capital that remains locked up and fee allocation. Hedge fund companies can expect continued disputes on conflict of interest, proper valuation of assets, and the manner in which expenses are charge. All of this will come with increased regulations and due diligence put forth by the SEC.