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Initial Public Offerings: A Practical Guide to Going Public (1st Edition)

Author(s): David A. Westenberg, WilmerHale LLP
Practice Area: Corporate law, Securities and other financial products
Published: Oct 2009
Supplement Date: Sep 2011 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402411649
PLI Item #: 19784

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"There is a valuable new treatise, called “Initial Public Offerings: A Practical Guide to Going Public,” that is quickly becoming the bible of the I.P.O. market."

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PLI’s new Initial Public Offerings, the first comprehensive and practical guide to going public, provides you with a thorough understanding of the planning, procedures, players, opportunities, and pitfalls involved in the IPO process.

Drawing upon the author’s and WilmerHale’s decades of experience as a leader in the IPO market and stocked with  best practices, planning tips, checklists, and sample documents, Initial Public Offerings shows you how to:

  • Build your company from day one with an eye on an eventual IPO.
  • Assemble a potent IPO team.
  • Manage the quiet period, select a stock exchange, deal with selling stockholders, and understand the underwriting process.
  • Satisfy today’s demanding corporate governance and controls requirements.
  • Navigate concurrent M&A activity, or a “dual track” process.
  • Craft a Form S-1 that attracts investors, meets SEC rules, and minimizes liability.
  • Avoid common mistakes that can delay or cripple the IPO.
  • Minimize the time and pain of SEC review.
  • Sell the deal through strong marketing.
  • Prepare for post-IPO public company life.

Updated at least once a year and hailed by executives, entrepreneurs, general counsel, investment bankers and venture capitalists alike as the definitive IPO guide, Initial Public Offerings is an essential resource for anyone planning to go public. Here’s what market leaders are saying about this book:
“There is no better practical tool for anyone needing an in-depth, step-by-step guide to the IPO process. Anyone embarking on the IPO road will benefit from the book’s insights on dealing with the SEC, and from its practical advice on every business and corporate governance issue that must be addressed in taking an enterprise public.”

 —Larry Sonsini, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

“If you need one book on the public offering process, this is it. This masterful work explains the financial, governance and legal realities of the IPO process from a perspective valuable to entrepreneurs, first-time issuers, young attorneys, and grizzled veterans alike.”

 —Joseph A. Grundfest, William A. Franke Professor of Law and Business and Co-Director, Rock Center on Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School

“There’s nothing I like more than practical guidance. And this book sure fits the bill as a detailed step-by-step guide that every practitioner should have. A perfect starter’s kit.”

 —Broc Romanek, Editor of The

“This book provides a comprehensive, yet practical and usable guide, to the IPO process — and will be invaluable to the CEO, CFO, and board members of any company that is planning to go public.”

—Christopher T. Pasko, Senior Managing Director, Corporate and M&A Advisory Services, The Blackstone Group

“The essential IPO guide for venture capitalists and the companies they fund.”

 —Jonathan A. Flint, Co-Founder and Managing General Partner, Polaris Ventures

“Both informative and entertaining, this book draws on a wealth of personal and institutional knowledge and experience to explain and demystify the IPO process. All participants in the process — even the hardiest veterans — will find something in this book that they didn’t know before they picked it up.”

 —Keith F. Higgins, Ropes & Gray LLP

“An invaluable and comprehensive resource for the experienced practitioner and novice entrepreneur alike.”

 —Richard D. Truesdell, Jr., Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

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David Westenberg is a partner in WilmerHale's Corporate Practice Group. He joined the firm in 1983. Mr. Westenberg has focused on the software, Internet and information technology industries for more than twenty years. He has advised industry pioneers and world leaders such as Arch Wireless, Boston Technology, Panera Bread, Prodigy and Varian Semiconductor. He has also counseled numerous start-ups, helping guide clients from formation through venture financing and on to successful acquisitions or IPOs. As outside corporate counsel to many public and private companies, Mr. Westenberg advises clients on a wide variety of corporate, securities, disclosure and governance matters. His transactional practice focuses on public offerings, venture capital financings and M&A transactions.