An initial public offering is the realization of a dream for many entrepreneurs, executives, board members and stockholders, a singular achievement that demonstrates their success in building a strong business and creating value for owners, employees and customers. However, an initial public offering is not only a milestone, it is also the entrance into a new stage—life as a public company—that possesses its own unique opportunities, risks and challenges.
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About the Author
Sonny Allison, a partner in Perkins Coie's Corporate practice, focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and corporate finance and securities. Sonny is a frequent speaker and author on mergers & acquisitions trends and issues faced by public companies and boards of directors.
Corporate attorney Justin Bastian represents public companies and financial institutional clients in a wide range of equity offerings and debt financings. Justin works with clients on SEC, public reporting and other regulatory compliance issues, and finance.
Eric DeJong, a partner in the firm’s Corporate practice, has over 25 years’ experience providing transactional, governance and securities-related advice to public and private companies in a wide range of industries. Eric regularly advises public companies on SEC reporting, disclosure and corporate governance matters. A frequent speaker and writer on corporate law topics, Eric is co-author of the leading treatise on Washington corporate law, Washington Business Entities: Law and Forms (2010).
Nora Gibson has served as lead attorney on more than 100 initial and follow-on public offerings, issued primarily by growth-oriented technology and biotechnology companies. Nora is the co-editor of a section of Venture Capital & Public Offering Negotiation, published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (2014) and has recently written on such topics as SEC rulings on social media disclosures and confidentially marketed public offerings.
Chris Hall is a partner in the Portland office of Perkins Coie. He focuses his practice on serving clients in such areas as corporate finance and acquisitions and dispositions. Chris manages complex transactions having strategic importance to a company's future. He has extensive experience with transaction structuring, and has completed a number of acquisitions and dispositions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and reorganizations, as well as a wide range of public and private capital markets transactions and negotiated investments. Chris also represents private equity firms in fund formation and capital deployment.
David McShea's practice focuses on the representation of high growth technology companies, public companies and venture capital firms. In more than 20 years of practice, he has handled numerous significant transactions, mergers and acquisitions, public equity and debt financings, and venture capital financings.