There is a gold rush in tech M&A and the gold is talent to develop and integrate artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Faced with a shortage in skilled employees, buyers are using “acquihires,” a discreet M&A strategy that oftentimes flies under the news radar, to bolster AI benches.
On October 2, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a long-awaited procedural notice that provides further clarity on procedures for changes of ownership of an entity that has received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds. The procedural notice (i) identifies when a change of ownership will be deemed to have occurred, (ii) specifies the reporting obligations of PPP borrowers in connection with such change of ownership, and (iii) provides guidance as to whether the SBA’s prior approval is required. Notably, the procedural notice does not provide any relief to PPP borrowers with change of ownership transactions that were closed prior to October 2, 2020.