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Term Sheet

A term sheet is a non-binding agreement detailing the fundamental terms and conditions for a prospective investment. It serves as a template to develop more detailed legal documents and guides the parties involved through the process of completing the transaction.

In a venture capital context, the term sheet is often provided by the investor to the startup. It sets out the key details of the investment, such as the amount of capital to be invested, the equity stake to be received in return, the valuation of the company, and any specific rights the investor will receive, such as voting rights or liquidation preferences.

The term sheet is a crucial part of the negotiation process between the investor and the startup. It allows both parties to agree on the broad terms of the deal before moving forward with the more time-consuming and expensive process of drafting and negotiating the final legal documents.

However, it's important to remember that the term sheet is generally non-binding, meaning that the parties are not legally obligated to proceed with the deal on the terms set out in the term sheet. The only parts of a term sheet that are typically binding are the confidentiality and exclusivity provisions, which prevent the parties from disclosing the deal terms or negotiating with other parties for a set period of time.

The term sheet is an essential tool in private equity and venture capital transactions, helping to clarify the terms of the deal and prevent misunderstandings later on.

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