Seminars put IPOs under the spotlight


Clearwater Corporate Finance, in partnership with law firm Wragge & Co, will host two free morning seminars at its offices in Birmingham and London for business leaders with an interest in understanding the relevance of initial public offerings (IPOs) to their companies.

The seminars, which will take place at 9am on 25 May in Birmingham and on 28 May in London, will focus on the current trends in the IPO market. The event will also examine how companies can assess if an IPO is a suitable option for them by addressing the pros and cons. Additionally, the seminars will also discuss the risks associated with floating a business and how companies can best protect against them.

Representatives from the London Stock Exchange and investment bank, Numis Securities, will join speakers from Wragge & Co and Clearwater to discuss these and other topical issues relevant to business leaders with an interest in IPOs.

The event will include a series of speaker slots, a panel discussion and lunch with networking.

Phil Burns, senior partner at Clearwater Corporate Finance, who will speak at the event, said: “An increase in appetite from institutional investors in the first quarter of 2010 has seen a number of over-subscribed fundraisings on both the main market and AIM, suggesting that quality businesses can attract investment on the public markets. However, the decision to float a business is likely to be the most important in its life cycle, so shareholders must consider the risks associated and their reasons for the IPO.

“Through insightful contributions from some of the industry’s foremost speakers, these seminars will help business leaders to assess their companies’ suitability for IPOs.”

Seminar agenda 

9.00 – Introduction

9.15 – Options for the growing company

10.00 – IPOs in the current market – why IPO?

10.30 – Break

11.00 – Preparations, getting ready, keeping your options open

11.30 – Assessing your suitability for IPO and choosing your market

12.00 – Panel session

12.30 – Lunch



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