An initial public offering (IPO) is a life changing event and that applies not only to the owner or the board of the company, but also to the company as a whole. The reporting, the attitude and the communication of managers and employees will not only be affected, but will change completely, by the increased investor demands and the strict regulative requirements of a listed company.
The IPO-process itself and the follow-up requires very good planning, extensive management training and faultless execution. Of course on the outside there are plenty of companies (bankers, lawyers, accountants) with an excellent reputation, who can help a company to get listed on any stock exchange in the world and generally they do a very good job.
But, very often the resources on the inside of the company do not have the relevant experience and are overwhelmed by the process. On many occasions during the IPO-process however, it is therefore important, that a trusted advisor or project manager operates from within the company. This way he is able to advise on all the different issues and sometimes conflicting interests of the parties involved. And this is not only about the process and costs during the IPO, it is also about being prepared for what happens after ringing the bell and sipping the champagne!
This is where my services as in-house project manager or consultant come in. Over the last 20 years, I raised more than Euro 25 billion of equity in IPO’s, secondary offerings and private placements through stock exchanges on three continents. I operated either as deal-captain on the payroll of the company or as an independent project manager/consultant on behalf of the board and/or the owners. With all this experience under my belt, I can guarantee two things: an IPO is hard work and great fun!
In order to discuss services and planning of a potential IPO, please contact me. Upon request a detailed CV and a brief summary of specific equity experience is available.