Webcast: IPO and Public Company Readiness: Strategies and Considerations

February 24, 2022

In the current market environment, strong pre-IPO readiness can position companies to more swiftly access IPO market windows. This recorded presentation explores preliminary planning, structuring and governance considerations for private companies considering an IPO. Our lawyers also discuss alternative exit strategies and how steps taken to prepare for an IPO can be beneficial to companies that ultimately do not go public. Join our team of capital markets panelists in the first installment of our 2022 Series – IPO and Public Company Readiness.

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Aaron Briggs is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s San Francisco office, where he works in the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice group.  Mr. Briggs’ practice focuses on advising public companies of all sizes (from pre-IPO to mega-cap), with a focus on technology and life sciences companies, on a wide range of disclosure, compliance, corporate governance, investor communications and ESG matters.  Prior to re-joining the firm in 2018, Mr. Briggs served as Executive Counsel – Corporate, Securities & Finance at GE.

Evan M. D’Amico is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s Washington, D.C. office, where his practice focuses primarily on mergers and acquisitions. Mr. D’Amico advises companies, private equity firms, boards of directors and special committees in connection with a wide variety of complex corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, leveraged buyouts, spin-offs and joint ventures. He also has experience advising issuers, borrowers, underwriters and lenders in connection with financing transactions and public and private offerings of debt and equity securities. Mr. D’Amico has particular expertise in advising special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), operating companies and investors in connection with SPAC business combinations and financing transactions.

Julia Lapitskaya is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice group. Ms. Lapitskaya advises clients on a wide range of securities and corporate governance matters, with a focus on SEC and listing exchanges’ compliance and reporting requirements, corporate governance best practices, annual meeting matters, shareholder activism, board and committee matters, ESG and executive compensation disclosure issues, including as part of initial public offerings and spin-off transactions.

Eric M. Scarazzo is a partner in Gibson Dunn’s New York office. He is a member of the firm’s Capital Markets, Securities and Regulation and Corporate Governance, Power and Renewables, Global Finance, and Mergers and Acquisitions practice groups. As a key member of the capital markets practice, Mr. Scarazzo is involved in some of the firm’s most complicated and high-profile securities transactions. Additionally, he has been a certified public accountant for over 20 years. His deep familiarity with both securities and accounting matters permits Mr. Scarazzo to play an indispensable role supporting practice groups and offices throughout the firm. He provides critical guidance to clients navigating the intersection of legal and accounting matters, principally as they relate to capital markets financings and M&A disclosure obligations.

Harrison Tucker is an associate in Gibson Dunn’s Houston office, where he currently practices with the firm’s Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions and Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice groups.  He represents public and private businesses in a broad range of corporate and securities matters.  Mr. Tucker represents issuers and investment banking firms in both equity and debt offerings, including Rule 144A offerings.  His practice also includes mergers and acquisitions and general corporate concerns, including Exchange Act reporting and corporate governance.


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