IPO Readiness Strategies: Navigating the Legal Complexities

Meeting the Challenges of Corporate Governance, D&O Liability, Confidentiality and More

IPO market activity reaches record levels in 2011

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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Course Materials

This CLE course will provide guidance to corporate finance counsel for navigating the IPO process and outline strategies for meeting the legal and practical challenges that arise during IPO planning.


An increase in listing postponements and shortage of exit strategies in the economic crisis created a resurgence in initial public offering (IPO) activity. Growing investor confidence in equity valuations and a reduced sense of uncertainty have cleared the path for companies seeking to go public.

Companies preparing for an IPO face heightened regulatory scrutiny as a result of the economic crisis and the questionable business practices that preceded the crisis. This increased scrutiny inevitably extends an already arduous and complicated IPO planning process.

Careful IPO planning is essential to ensure that a company is prepared to move forward when an IPO window opens. When preparing for an IPO, a company must consider corporate governance requirements, SOX compliance, D&O liability insurance issues, confidentiality concerns and IP issues.

Listen as our authoritative panel of corporate attorneys and investment banker explains the complex steps involved in the IPO process and provides strategies for overcoming the legal and practical challenges that arise during IPO planning.



  1. Current state of the IPO market and expectations for the future
  2. Legal and practical strategies when preparing for an IPO
    1. Legal and accounting teams
    2. Management team
    3. D&O liability insurance
    4. Disclosure controls and procedures
    5. Valuations of stock and option issuances
    6. Intellectual property issues
    7. Compliance with Sarbanes Oxley Act and Dodd-Frank
    8. Publicity and company website review
    9. Hot disclosure topics


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What unique challenges do companies preparing to go public face in the current market?
  • What special requirements does Sarbanes-Oxley impose on companies preparing to undertake an IPO?
  • What steps should companies take now to prepare for an IPO?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Paul D. Broude
Paul D. Broude

Foley & Lardner

He is a member of the Transactional & Securities and Private Equity & Venture Capital practices. He represents...  |  Read More

Jane Storero
Jane Storero
Vice President Corporate Governance and Corporate Secretary
Pepco Holdings

She is responsible for Pepco’s SEC reporting. Previously, as a partner with Blank Rome LLP, she represented...  |  Read More

Yelena M. Barychev
Yelena M. Barychev

Blank Rome

Ms. Barychev concentrates her practice on securities laws and general corporate law matters. She focuses in the...  |  Read More

Warren Fixmer
Warren Fixmer
Vice President Equity Capital Markets
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

He focuses on the origination and execution of all equity new issuance in the technology sector and is involved with...  |  Read More

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