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Initial Public Offerings

From our offices in the United States, Asia, Europe and South America, we advise clients on initial public offerings in markets around the world.

Companies seeking to go public value our deep and substantive knowledge of and familiarity with the IPO process, gained over the course of many transactions. We have advised on more than 310 successful U.S. and global IPOs over the last decade. Our IPO practice maintains a seamless global presence; for example, we have advised on more than 65 IPOs in Hong Kong and London since 2013, as well as multiple U.S. listings by Latin American issuers.

IPOs uniquely require exceptional expertise in many cross-practice disciplines. We guide our clients to a successful public debut with practical experience in navigating not only applicable securities laws and regulations, but also the important tax, executive compensation, corporate governance and business matters that inevitably arise during the IPO process. We also have extensive experience with complex IPOs that employ UP-C and other multiple-tier umbrella partnership structures.

Companies contemplating an IPO also value our experience in helping them seamlessly and successfully manage the burdens of being a public company, including ongoing SEC reporting obligations and corporate governance matters. Fully integrated with our IPO practice, our Public Company Advisory Practice comprises a team of lawyers dedicated to ongoing public company representation who leverage our deep knowledge and keen insight into market developments to provide our clients with timely, targeted and cost-effective advice.

Top IPO Counsel
Ranked top IPO counsel year in and year out for U.S. and global IPOs
representing the issuer or underwriter

Featured IPOs

We have advised on the largest and most complex IPOs in the world, including:

Issuer Event/Listing
Alibaba Group (issuer counsel) Second-largest IPO in history, NYSE
Avantor (issuer counsel) Largest healthcare IPO in U.S. history, NYSE
ZoomInfo (issuer counsel) Largest software IPO in the last decade, NYSE
Airbnb (manager counsel) Second largest technology IPO of 2020, NYSE
Dropbox (manager counsel) Largest venture-backed software IPO of 2018, NYSE
First Data (issuer counsel) Largest U.S. IPO of 2015, NYSE
Japan Post (manager counsel) Largest IPO of 2015, Tokyo Stock Exchange
Hilton Worldwide (issuer counsel) Second-largest U.S. IPO of 2013, NYSE
Facebook (manager counsel) Largest U.S. IPO of 2012, NASDAQ

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        Joshua Ford Bonnie and Kevin Kennedy co-authored the second edition of the Donnelley Financial Solutions guide titled, “Initial Public Offerings: Considerations for Business Owners and Executives Taking Their Company Public.”

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