Corey Ribotsky of N.I.R. Group, Interviewed in July Issue of 'Entrepreneur Magazine' : Shares Insight in an Article on Booming Private Investment in Public Equity

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Corey Ribotsky, founder and managing member of the N.I.R. Group, is featured in "Entrepreneur Magazine's" July 2008 Issue. In an article focusing on the surge in activity that private investments in public equities (PIPES) are enjoying in an otherwise sluggish economy, Ribotsky stresses due diligence as essential in considering deals.

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You want someone who's going to be a financial partner as opposed to someone who's just looking for a trading play.

According to the piece, titled "Terms of Endearment," PIPE deals have entered the mainstream due to a slow market for secondary offerings and increasingly difficult to obtain forms of traditional financing. It observes that PIPE's offer public companies swift and discreet distribution of securities, but cautions readers that the terms of deals must be closely scrutinized. This means meticulous research on the investment firm and each investor: looking into past deals, how stocks perform post-deals, and following up on references.

"The company has to know who they're getting into bed with," says Ribotsky in "Entrepreneur." "You want someone who's going to be a financial partner as opposed to someone who's just looking for a trading play."

Actively investing in public companies for over ten years, Corey Ribotsky has structured hundreds of transactions for his investors. He regularly represents influential investors and is frequently sought after as an expert on direct investments in pubic companies for industry conferences and symposia. A recent Bloomberg radio interview with him can be accessed on Yahoo.

About N.I.R. Group

The N.I.R. Group, LLC is an alternative investment firm focusing on strategies that are structured to mitigate risk and produce returns in all market environments.

Founded in 1998, NIR initially focused its investment strategy on direct investments in small/micro-cap public companies that are emerging growth, distressed, and developmental stage businesses. NIR has emerged as one of the most active investment fund managers in this financing sector and has since expanded its investment strategies to include investments in commodities, real estate and structured finance instruments. The company looks at more than 1,500 companies seeking PIPE financing each year.

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