Mintz Levin is hosting a series of sessions for companies
considering and planning for IPOs, with a focus on energy and clean
technology, life science, technology and consumer companies.
On November 5, 2013, Goldman Sachs Managing Director Brian
Bolster, Weber Shandwick Director Kelly Gawlik and Mintz Levin
attorney Sahir Surmeli discussed the current IPO market and
opportunities for energy and cleantech
Brian focuses on Clean Technology and Renewables/Power at
Goldman Sachs. Kelly Gawlik is part of the Corporate Issues
Practice at Weber Shandwick. Sa leads the securities team
within the Mintz Levin Energy and Clean Technology practice.
Tom Burton, Mintz Levin's Energy & Clean Technology
Practice Group Chair, kicked off the discussion.
Some of the key takeaways from the presentations were:
Markets are trading at all-time highs and volatility remains
below historical averages, and fund flows have become positive in
Equity gains across clean technology and renewable sub-sectors
have been robust so far this year;
Companies with strong comparables and visibility into future
earnings have benefited in recent IPOs;
Long range planning for IPOs ideally starts 12-18 months before
an IPO, but after a kick-off meeting, a road show can start as
early as three to four months out;
Developing a communications and investor relations strategy for
before, during and after the IPO process, is an essential element
of success ongoing shareholder value;
Developing a recognizable and accessible brand in the
marketplace is a critical step that will determine a company's
success down the road;
Recent legal changes (JOBS Act) allowing pre-IPO companies to
"test the waters" with investors have been helpful to
companies considering an IPO;
IPO process has benefitted from other recent legal changes
permitting confidential filing of draft registration statements and
reduced financial and compensation disclosure for emerging growth
Mintz Levin is an industry leader in counseling tech, consumer,
life science and energy/cleantech companies that are considering
IPOs. You can keep up with all of the latest energy
technology news by following Mintz Levin's
Energy & Clean Technology Matters blog here.
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