Whether your company is looking to access capital to continue to grow, or whether you’re aiming to raise your company’s profile or explore exit strategies for investors, entering the capital markets via an initial public offering (IPO) could be a viable option.
An IPO is a transformational event for any business and you need to be ready to deal with the additional demands that being a public company brings. While a public company faces greater public scrutiny and regulations, it also secures access to more, and often deeper, sources of capital. How do you get there? And how do you know if it’s the right path to capital for you?
Preparation can make the difference between success and failure, so the sooner you start to plan the better. First and foremost, you need to know why you’re going public, considering the best timing thereof and identify what you should focus on in terms of the right preparation for a journey that, if done properly, can be an exciting – and lucrative – step for your business.
And don’t forget, your IPO is not the ultimate objective in itself – it’s only the beginning of your journey as a listed company.
From planning and executing capital market transactions to navigating regulatory change and complex accounting – we are here to support you, every step of the way.
Our dedicated network of deals and capital markets professionals across the world have the knowledge and experience in domestic and international deals, regulatory regimes, accounting standards and business processes to help you master the many challenges of your transaction. We work with you and take the time to explore your business, using technology driven solutions and our extensive capital markets and project management experience, to uncover ways to optimise value at every stage.
With high degrees of volatility in the IPO markets and interest rates at record lows, investors have been increasingly looking at special purpose acquisition companies (“SPAC”) to unlock growth opportunities. A SPAC, also known as a blank check company, raises capital in an initial public offering (“IPO”), which it then uses to acquire a private operating company, known as a target company. Originally operating more on the fringes of the capital markets, SPACs went mainstream in the 2010s and are increasingly popular with big name private equity sponsors, hedge funds, and investment banks. For instance, in July 2020, Pershing Square set a record, raising $4 billion in the IPO of its new SPAC, Pershing Square Tontine Holdings (PSTH.U).