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Preparing for an Initial Public Offering (IPO)

  Arthur F. Rothberg, Managing Director, CFO Edge, LLC  
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Preparing for an initial public offering (IPO) is a challenging process, and it must be planned for in a methodical way in order to achieve the potential benefits of being a publicly-held company. Benefits include the ability to raise new capital for more rapid growth and to broaden ownership beyond the current owners and investors.

This article reviews the process and elements involved in preparing for an initial public offering, and topics addressed include the following: IPO benefits; regulatory and disclosure requirements; the link between IPO volume and market cycles; requirements for listing; meeting investors’ expectations; engaging investment bankers and attorneys; working with underwriters; drafting the prospectus; the road show; setting the share price; and IPO timing.

Because of the complex requirements and time-consuming nature of an initial public offering, Los Angeles CEOs and CFOs should consider engaging with a CFO services firm that has substantial experience in taking companies public via an IPO.

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