Strategies for going public

Fourth edition

An IPO is an important event in the life of an organization as they seek to grow. Executing the IPO is the initial step in being a public company.

The changing landscape for IPOs

The market for Initial Public Offerings (IPO) has never been more complex or challenging than it is today. The legacy of the financial crisis, and the economic volatility that continues to impact the markets, have made investors even more diligent in their scrutiny of IPOs. In addition, new legislation introduced since the crisis has only added to the complexity of these transactions. In particular, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) and the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) have added many new requirements and considerations to the IPO process. Finally, timing is critical and essential, and being able to take advantage of windown of opportunity is key to a successful IPO.

Published by Deloitte Advisory in collaboration with American Stock Transfer & Trust Company and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates, this publication aims to help organizations effectively prepare for an IPO. It provides a straightforward explanation of the process, highlights the common technical terms and language encountered during an IPO, and outlines the new regulatory requirements that organizations will need to take into account as they seek to “go public.”

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Strategies for going public: The changing landscape for IPOs

Explore the strategies for going public

Going public is a long, involved process that represents a significant milestone for any company. Exploring the opportunity to go public today presents many challenges due to market volatility, increased regulations, expanded investor scrutiny of corporate governance, and heightened legislative influence.

This publication will give you information to help you undestand the requirements of an offering in light of the changing IPO landscape, including:

  • The people you may need to assist you
  • What your role will be
  • Certain regulations with which you must comply
  • What effect a public offering may have on you and your company

Most importantly, this document will help you prepare for what to expect as you start the journey toward going public. If you would like to talk with one of our IPO specialists, or request a hard copy of the publication, please reach out to Sandy Pfeffer.

As used in this document, “Deloitte Advisory” means Deloitte & Touche LLP, which provides audit and enterprise risk services; Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, which provides forensic, dispute, and other consulting services; and its affiliate, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP, which provides a wide range of advisory and analytics services. Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP is not a certified public accounting firm. These entities are separate subsidiaries of Deloitte LLP. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

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