Tag Archives: IPO Companies

Overview of 2015 IPOs

The IPO market in the U.S. is off to a slow start in 2016; according to Renaissance Capital, only eight offerings have priced so far this year, through March 29, 2016. The IPO slowdown actually began in the second half of 2015, when market volatility and stock price declines encouraged some prospective IPO companies to … Continue Reading

What’s Up with IPOs?

It has been three years since Congress passed the JOBS Act in the hope that aiding “Emerging Growth Companies” would help create jobs. Among other things, the Act’s IPO on-ramp provisions were designed to encourage fledgling companies to go public, on the theory that that would boost employment. As discussed below, the legislation’s jobs creation … Continue Reading

IPO Companies and Fee-Shifting Bylaws

One of the more interesting recent developments in the D&O liability arena has been the emergence of issues surrounding fee-shifting bylaws. As readers will recall, in May 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court in the ATP Tours case upheld the validity of a non-stock corporation’s bylaw imposing attorneys’ fees on an unsuccessful claimant in an intra-corporate … Continue Reading

The Pre-IPO Company and “Failure to Launch” Claims

Due to a combination of favorable circumstances, the number of companies completing initial public offerings is currently at the highest level in years. According to a recent study from Cornerstone Research (here), with the 112 IPOs in the first half of 2014, IPO activity is on pace to increase for the third consecutive year. IPO … Continue Reading

The JOBS Act After One Year

A year ago, President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, a legislative product of rare bipartisan collaboration that was intended to improve employment and make it easier for smaller firms to raise private equity. (For an overview of the Act’s provisions, refer here.) Twelve months later, many of the rules needed to … Continue Reading

Guest Post: D&O Insurance for Initial Public Offerings — What Every Director Needs to Know

I am pleased to publish below a guest post written by Paul A. Ferrillo of the Weil Gotshal and Manges law firm. Paul’s guest post identifies the liability exposures that IPO companies and their directors and officers face, and describes the insurance considerations the companies should address in confronting those exposures. Paul’s article was first printed … Continue Reading
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