One of the principal sources of public financing to assist US businesses looking to finance new or expansion projects in foreign markets is the Export-Import Bank of the United States, commonly referred to as the "Ex-Im Bank." In this report I discuss some of the guidelines the Bank uses in evaluating proposed financing transactions including recommended "best practices" for conducting due diligence on a particular transaction and on foreign parties who will be under an obligation to perform–which means paying the agreed price on the terms provided in the contract! These tips can be valued for any type of cross-border transaction.
Technology-based firms (i.e., emerging companies) struggle with finding the best product development strategy. In this report I discuss several different alternatives including dominant sector, product group specialist, market specialist and technology specialist.