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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 window of opportunity is key to a successful IPO.

Published by Deloitte Risk and Financial 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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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 understand 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.

Strategies for going public: The changing landscape for IPOs
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