Introduction

Going public is a monumental decision for any company. It forever changes how a company goes about doing business. The actual process of going public can betime-consuming, expensive, and take a substantial amount of key management focus away from theday-to-day operations of the company.
With the IPO market window beginning to open once again, and the significant changes in public company reporting resulting from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, we are publishing this fourth edition, addressing the numerous provisions ofSarbanes-Oxley impacting public companies and the IPO process.
This publication attempts to present the information that a company will need when it debates whether or not to go public or to pursue alternate means to finance growth. The purpose of the guide is to assist you in making an informed decision by addressing such factors as the advantages and disadvantages, costs, timing, and the alternatives to going public. It outlines the “process” of going public, discusses the registration and ongoing reporting requirements of a public company, and provides an overview of the securities markets. Finally, the guide summarizes the most significant accounting, compensation, and tax- related considerations of going public.

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