Webcast: Preparing for Stronger Markets: Considerations for IPO Readiness

March 27, 2024

As more private companies begin to explore IPOs again after a difficult period in the markets, strong pre-IPO readiness can position companies to more swiftly access IPO market windows when they open. This presentation explores preliminary IPO planning considerations and key issues for private companies thinking about an IPO.

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Harrison Tucker is a partner in the Houston office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he currently practices with the firm’s Capital Markets and Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance practice groups. He regularly represents public and private businesses in a broad range of corporate and securities matters and issuers and investment banking firms in both equity and debt offerings, including Rule 144A offerings. His practice also includes general corporate concerns, including Exchange Act reporting, stock exchange compliance, corporate governance and beneficial ownership reporting matters. In addition, he works closely with the Gibson Dunn bankruptcy and restructuring team, advising on applicable securities laws issues.

Harrison received his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2008, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and Order of Barons. While in law school, he served as a Member of the Houston Law Review. Prior to law school, he graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005, where he received his B.A. in history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Peter W. Wardle is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Corporate Transactions Department and co-chair of its Capital Markets Practice Group, and previously served as partner in charge of the Los Angeles office.

Peter’s practice includes representation of issuers and underwriters in equity and debt offerings, including IPOs and secondary public offerings, and representation of both public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, including private equity, cross border, leveraged buy-out and going private transactions. He also advises clients on a wide variety of general corporate and securities law matters, including corporate governance and disclosure issues.

Peter earned his Juris Doctor in 1997 from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as business manager of the UCLA Law Review and articles editor of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review. He received an Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in 1992 from Harvard University. Peter is a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the Governance Committee for The Colburn School. He is a member of the firm’s Compensation Committee, National Pro Bono Committee, and serves as one of the partners in charge and pro bono partners for the Los Angeles area offices.

Melanie Neary is a senior associate in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher , where she practices in the firm’s Corporate Transactions Practice Group, with a practice focused on advising clients in connection with a variety of financing transactions, including initial public offerings, secondary equity offerings and venture and growth equity financings as well as complex corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. Melanie also regularly advises clients on corporate law matters, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting requirements and ownership filings and corporate governance.

Melanie received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2016, where she was the Managing Editor of the Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government, with a minor in French, from American University in 2013.


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