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A Guide to Going Public

INSIGHT ARTICLE

Trying to decide if your company should go public? This guide will help your stakeholders determine if an IPO is the right path for your company by addressing some basic questions and provides an overall timeline of events and business considerations.

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The purpose of this guide is to assist you in determining whether an initial public offering (IPO) of your company's common stock is a viable method of raising capital. The guide answers some of the basic questions asked by all the stakeholders involved in this decision. It also provides a guideline for the sequence of events involved in an IPO and some of the general business considerations involved in this decision. It is not intended to provide a detailed discussion of an IPO's technical requirements as these are exceedingly complex and continually changing. We encourage you to discuss the specific requirements of an IPO with your legal counsel, registered public accounting firm and underwriter once you have decided to proceed further in your investigation. An IPO should not be viewed as an end in and of itself, but instead should be considered the beginning of a new era for your company.

This publication:

  • Provides guidance on determining if, and when, your company is ready to go public
  • Reviews considerations for and against going public
  • Provides an overview of the procedures and processes required
  • Helps you prepare for the historic event

RSM has SEC specialists available to answer questions not covered in this guide. We encourage you to contact your client server or call your local office to arrange a meeting with a specialist.

The contents of this publication should not be construed as accounting, auditing, consulting or legal advice on any specific facts or circumstances.