PwC and Knowledge@Wharton: Can Companies Adapt to Changes in the IPO Environment?

July 2014
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PwC and Knowledge@Wharton: Can Companies Adapt to Changes in the IPO Environment?

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At one time, an initial public offering (IPO) was considered de rigueur for growing companies — a seemingly endless availability of capital plus the panache conferred by a public listing helped to spur an avalanche of filings that swelled to more than 600 in 1996. But a spate of regulatory burdens — like the Sarbanes–Oxley Act (SOX) — raised the costs of going public, helping to curtail IPOs while spurring more interest in alternative capital sources, say experts from Wharton and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

With changing regulations and a constantly changing environment, companies and private venture sponsors now have multiple options and a number of considerations to think through when it comes to going public.

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