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Initial Public Offerings

Many Paths for IPO Submissions

The following chart highlights the alternatives for EGCs and non-EGCs and now the three paths for FPIs pursuing IPOs....more

Should a Family Business Consider an IPO as an Exit Strategy?

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

There are a multitude of ways to realize ownership transition–some simple, some complex, some a safe bet and some full of risks. For the ambitious, successful family-owned company that wants to make it to the big leagues, an...more

Food for Thought, part 5

Below, a continuation of our bibliography of thought-provoking articles on issues related to right-sizing regulation, staying private versus going public, and related topics...more

Tax Receivable Agreements and Tax Reform Proposals

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Last week the House Republicans introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, their long-awaited first draft of tax reform legislation, bringing Congress one step closer to achieving tax reform. Earlier this year, the House of...more

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The Current State of Play

The ICO boom in 2017 brings with it questions of jurisdiction and compliance, and a need for further guidance - The benefits of ICOs in raising capital, as well as in providing a marketing push for a new business model,...more

Strategic Alternatives for Real Estate Portfolios Part III – Initial Public Offering (IPO) Transactions

by King & Spalding on

The review of strategic alternatives can be a daunting task even for the most seasoned executives and directors of real estate companies and real estate investment trusts. This is particularly true in today’s real estate...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Asia Edition - October 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal Asian, US, European and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to Asian corporates and financial institutions. Please see...more

House Bill Aims To Encourage Public Offerings

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In an effort to facilitate capital formation, the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance expanded its nonpublic review process to permit all companies to submit draft registration statements relating to an initial public...more

Treasury Issues Report and Recommendations on Capital Markets

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury released a 220-page report on reforming the US regulatory system for the capital markets (Capital Markets Report). The Capital Markets Report includes 91 recommendations...more

FAST and Furious: Proposed Amendments to Regulation S-K Requirements

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In recent months, there has been an active dialogue regarding the regulatory burdens for public companies and whether these burdens have contributed to the decline in the number of U.S. initial public offerings (“IPOs”) and...more

More on the U.S. IPO Market

As previously reported, the U.S. markets have experienced a 35% year-over-year increase in volume, with 111 IPOs completed in the first nine months of 2017, raising $26.5 billion. A recent PwC report noted that the pharma...more

Bipartisan Congressional Legislation Introduced Aimed at Increasing IPO Activity

On October 2, 2017, Congressmen Ted Budd (R-NC) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) introduced a bipartisan bill, H.R. 3903, in the U.S. House of Representatives....more

SEC Chairman Clayton Addresses Senate Committee

On September 26, 2017, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton delivered to the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs his first testimony as Chairman. ...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - September, 2017 #4

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startup Valuation 101: The Problem of Going Too High or Too Low - As this quick read from Inc42 makes clear, startup valuations are always more art than...more

A Busy Quarter for IPOs

EY’s recently published Global IPO trends: Q3 2017 reports that 2017 is on course for the busiest IPO year in 10 years–largely due to the level of activity outside the United States. According to the report, 1,156 IPOs have...more

SEC Chair Clayton’s Testimony

Earlier in the week, SEC Chair Clayton provided testimony in Congress regarding the Commission’s agenda. In his testimony, Chair Clayton noted that the Commission remains focused on regulatory initiatives required by the FAST...more

Blog: Will A New Securities Exchange Be Effective To Promote Long-Term Value Creation?

by Cooley LLP on

Many have recently lamented the decline in the number of IPOs and public companies generally (from about 8,000 in 1996 to about 4,000 now, according to EY), and numerous reasons have been offered in explanation, from...more

PTAB Chief Judge Discusses Post-grant Review Statistics at IPO Meeting

The value of the post-grant review programs (post-grant review, inter partes review, and covered business methods review) has been debated since these provisions were enacted as part of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in...more

Venture Capital Valuations

In a recent paper, “Squaring Venture Capital Valuations with Reality,” authors Will Gornall and Ilya A. Stebulaev review and consider valuations for a sample of unicorns. The valuations are on average 49% above fair value...more

Snap Judgment: Unicorns Under Pressure and Addressing Risks of Private Lawsuits

The recent IPOs of Snap, Inc. and Blue Apron indicate that while the IPO pipeline continues to flow, there may be a cautionary tale for “unicorns” – venture-backed companies with estimated valuations in excess of $1 billion....more

A Conversation with the Division Director

At the September 15, 2017 meeting of the American Bar Association, the Director of the Division of the SEC’s Corporation Finance provided some comments regarding the Division’s work and priorities. Mr. Hinman reiterated the...more

Go West? What the NYSE Has to Offer for Gulf IPOs

by Bracewell LLP on

Saudi Aramco’s planned IPO has put the region’s companies in sharp focus for global investors. As GCC nations continue to experience shifts in economic activity, including less government spending, more companies (both state...more

Ten early-stage legal missteps that may come back to haunt a company’s sale or IPO

by Bryan Cave on

In the fast-paced, high-stakes and high-pressure world of startups, financial resources are scarce. Time is of the essence. Product and business development are high priorities....more

2017 Mid-Year Technology and Life Sciences IPO Report

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s 2017 Mid-Year Technology and Life Sciences IPO Report presents key data related to the pricing of 26 U.S.-based technology and life sciences issuers between January 1 and June 30, 2017. Just...more

SEC Extends IPO Accommodations by Permitting Exclusion of Interim Financial Information in Confidential Draft Registration...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 17, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued guidance further extending an important accommodation provided to companies contemplating going public. Under the updated guidance, all issuers, including...more

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