A Closer Look at 2018 IPOs

For everyone involved in the public company D&O arena, IPOs are a continuing source of interest and concern. An important part of thinking about IPO companies and their D&O risk profile in understanding what is going on in the IPO marketplace. On March 6, 2019, the Proskauer Rose law issued its annual analysis of the 2018 U.S. IPO activity. The report provides an interesting overview of the important characteristics of 2018 IPOs. The IPO report can be found here. The law firm’s March 6, 2019 press release about the report can be found here.   The study is based on a review of all 2018 U.S. IPOs. Involving a listing on a U.S. securities exchange and a minimum initial base deal of $50 million or greater, and that priced in 2018, excluding blank check companies, SPACs, trusts, REITs, business development companies, and closed-end investment companies. There were 94 IPOs that met these criteria in 2018, 72 domestic issuers and 22 foreign issuers. The law…

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