IPO Centre

Helping you choose the right market for your business and navigate every phase of the IPO journey, irrespective of where you are in the world

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We have a team of nearly 500 professionals deployed in over 30 key global capital markets. With our in-depth knowledge of the execution process and the rules and regulations governing the world’s leading capital markets, we can help clients choose the right markets for their businesses and navigate every phase of the complex IPO process.

Our IPO Centre makes it easier for you to understand what you need to know, and what you need to do, to complete an IPO. We can help you evaluate the pros and cons of an IPO, navigate the listing process and prepare your business for life as a public company, regardless of the market you choose to list on.

Our services include:

  • Capital markets/Equity advisory
  • Tax and structuring advice
  • IPO readiness assessment
  • Diligence support
  • Project management office
  • Accounting and Reporting advice
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Video: Going public - everything you need to know | Duration 03:51

IPO Journey

Progression in a successful Initial Public Offering (IPO)

Is this right for you?

Going public is, in every sense, a transformational event. You need to be confident it’s the right strategy for funding the next stage in your organisation’s development. You will need to consider whether your organisation is prepared to accept the additional disciplines that come with being a public company, and if so, which market will provide the best valuation and access to capital at the right time.

Our Capital Markets team will guide you through the strategic decisions you need to make at the outset.

Getting ready for an IPO

It's easy to underestimate the effort required to prepare your business for life as a public company. Our team will help you thoroughly assess where your company stands and what the key gaps are, so that you can dedicate your time to where it's needed most. 

Our IPO Readiness Assessment tool is based on a holistic framework to benchmark your organisation against key attributes of a successful public company, including inter alia, strategy and equity story, corporate governance, and financial and management reporting.

You will also want to consider how you optimise your corporate structure for your chosen market. To help with this, we can provide tax and other expertise in developing and executing structuring plans.  

This is also a stage where you are building your team of IPO consultants. We can provide independent advice on this, including underwriter selection, syndicate structuring and transaction project management framework.

Going public

IPO process execution involves transaction diligence, as well as the preparation of the required documentation for submission to the regulator and, when appropriate, prospective investors. The process involves carefully orchestrating multiple workstreams, including marketing, legal, accounting, tax and prospectus preparation. This will need to be managed in addition to running your business as usual, which becomes even more important in the lead up to the IPO.

We would act as your IPO accountants, providing assurance over your financial track record or provide hands on advice preparing your financial track record and/or executing the required financial due diligence. Our team will give you practical advice throughout the process and may also act as your project manager, covering all aspects of the transaction. In addition, we can be your sounding board for any recommendations you receive from the lead investment banks and other advisors, including on valuation, investor targeting and pricing.

Being public

Your IPO is not the end of the story, it is just the beginning. Once listed, your company will be under far greater public and regulatory scrutiny than ever before, with a wider universe of stakeholders, associated risks and obligations to manage.

You will need to ensure that you have robust processes and procedures in place to fulfil your obligations as a public company.  You will also need to manage potential risks to protect your company's reputation, safeguard your credibility and retain investor confidence. We can continue to support you post IPO on a wide range of public company matters, including financial reporting, corporate governance, risk management, as well as in future transactions.

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Contact us

Ross Hunter

IPO Centre Leader, Partner, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 7802 918885

Nadja Picard

Partnerin, PwC Europe Capital Markets Leader, PwC Germany

Tel: +49 211 981-2978

Peter Whelan

Partner, UK IPO Lead, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7770 977 937

David Ethridge

US IPO Services Leader, PwC United States

Kennedy Liu

China/Hong Kong Capital Markets Leader, Partner, PwC Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2289 1881

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