October 14, 2020
After the COVID-19 pandemic seemed to close the IPO market overnight, over the past few months IPOs have roared back to life in an incredibly active market. While some parts of the process have remained steady, the current environment has raised unforeseen challenges and novel practices for issuers, underwriters and their counsel in the IPO process. This short webcast will break down the current market and the key legal, financial and execution issues affecting IPOs in late 2020, as well as best practices for successfully navigating the IPO process in the current environment. Please join our expert panelists as they discuss recent developments, market trends and disclosure considerations in the IPO market, as well as current expectations for the future of the IPO process.
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Peter W. Wardle is Co-Partner in Charge of 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. Mr. Wardle’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, distressed and going private transactions. He also advises clients on a wide variety of general corporate and securities law matters, including corporate governance issues.
Stewart McDowell is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of the firm’s Corporate Transactions Practice Group, Co-Chair of the Capital Markets Practice Group. Ms. McDowell’s practice involves the representation of business organizations as to capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, SEC reporting, corporate governance and general corporate matters. She has significant experience representing both underwriters and issuers in a broad range of both debt and equity securities offerings. She also represents both buyers and sellers in connection with U.S. and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and strategic investments.