Going Public: A How-to Guide for Making an Initial Public Offering

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This a complimentary program sponsored by Vintage.


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A company can decide to go public at any time; however, this is a complicated process which requires taking various factors into consideration and has a multitude of implications.

This program will provide straightforward tactical guidance for companies in the United States that are considering making an initial public offering (IPO), demonstrating what a company can expect from initial consideration to post-IPO.

Gain an understanding from legal, accounting, and banking perspectives in this “how-to” guide discussing considerations for U.S. companies such as: 1) at what point should a company consider the IPO route; 2) what should be in place before turning to this strategy?; 3) who are the key players in this process?; 4) what considerations should be made when choosing IPO partners?; 5) what steps need to be followed to get the stock listed?; 6) what alternative options exist?; 7) what happens after the IPO?; and, 8) what if the IPO does not go as planned?

Educational Objectives:
• The factors to take into consideration when contemplating making an IPO
• The steps a company should take to properly make an IPO;
• What happens after an IPO, including if the IPO does not go as planned.

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
In-house counsel; executive officers; attorneys advising companies of all sizes.



Mr. Mike Gould is a Capital Markets partner at PwC with twenty-five years of experience providing accounting, financial reporting and advisory services, while based in the United States, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.  Mr. Gould leads the Public Offerings services practice in the US, where he helps his clients access the debt and equity capital markets in the U.S., by providing them with technical and project management advice on accounting and financial reporting issues associated with the SEC registration process, Initial Public Offerings (“IPO’s”), 144a debt and equity offerings, divestitures and carve-outs, and conversions to and from IFRS and U.S. GAAP.

Mr. Gould’s specific technical knowledge focuses on accounting for carve-outs, purchase accounting, pro forma financial statements, stock compensation, principles of revenue recognition, segmental reporting, the SEC registration process and private equity exit strategies.  As a result, he frequently takes on the role of an “IPO Advisor” to help his client both with their initial registration process, and also with the process of preparing to operate as a public company.  Mr. Gould also started and now leads the Capital Markets Advisor (CMA) business within PwC in the U.S., to provide clients with independent and objective advice on capital structure, capital markets, and valuation issues critical to achieving corporate objectives and positioning the company for success.

During his career, Mr. Gould has worked on over 100 IPO’s and similar transactions, for both large as well as IPO’s of many smaller and mid-cap privately-held companies for private equity and other sponsors.  He has worked across a variety of industries, with an emphasis on fast growing technology, pharmaceutical and medical device and consumer goods companies.


Mr. Marc Paul chairs Baker & McKenzie’s North America Corporate & Securities Practice Group.Mr. Paul’s practice – both internationally and domestically – focuses on public and private securities transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, and spinoffs and corporate reorganizations.  He has represented issuers, investment banks, private equity funds, financial institutions and multilateral agencies in transactions throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.  Additionally, Mr. Paul acts as outside general counsel to numerous business entities – from large multinational corporations to domestic start-up companies.

Mr. Paul is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.  He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, his M.A. from the University of London, and his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard University.


Scott Skidmore is a Managing Director and is responsible for the Industrial, Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging Equity Capital Origination effort at Barclays.  In addition, he currently serves as Chairperson for GAC (Global Advisory Committee). This committee gathers suggestions from junior bankers and implements solutions to enhance the junior banker experience.

Mr. Skidmore has over 17 years of investment banking experience.  Mr. Skidmore joined Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers) in September 2007.  Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Skidmore spent approximately 9 years in investment banking coverage and ECM at J.P. Morgan where he focused on the Industrial, Real Estate and Natural Resource sectors.

During his career, he has worked on a variety of equity, equity-linked, M&A and fixed income transactions for both public and private companies. Mr. Skidmore has completed over 100 equity and equity-linked transactions in his career.


Mr.Liam Power joined PR Newswire in 2011 as President of Vintage, PR Newswire’s capital markets, corporate service and institutional & funds services division.

Mr.Power has full P&L responsibility for Vintage, where he leads all aspects of strategy and operations as well as also sits on PR Newswire’s executive committee. Under Mr. Power’s guidance, Vintage has become a top three provider of solutions that help companies before during and after their IPO.

Prior to Vintage, Mr. Power was VP Magazine Group at UBM Global Trade, which included publications and events in North America, Brazil, China and Singapore. Prior to UBM Global Trade, Mr. Power held a number of leadership roles in operations, general management, sales operations and finance.  Mr. Power has an MBA, Finance from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a Bachelor of Commerce from University College Cork, Ireland.