Going Public: The IPO Process


This comprehensive course focuses on the legal requirements, marketing elements and transactional process for the initial public offering of a company’s common shares. The course material includes a detailed overview of the legal and listing requirements, development of marketing materials and transaction structure considerations. During the seminar, participants will analyze a detailed case study and discuss the practical implications of transaction structure and marketing.


Participants should have some level of familiarity with capital markets prior to taking the course.


8 hours

Learning Topics

Review the Initial Public Offering Process

  • Discuss the rationale for an Initial Public Offering (“IPO”)
  • Assess the market conditions
  • Review the legal framework and filing requirements
  • Understand the timeline and schedule of an offering process
  • Review the listing requirements and considerations

Analyze a Detailed Case Study

  • Discuss a real world transaction
  • Assess the impact of critical transaction features
  • Conduct a review of filed documents

Discuss the Implications of Transaction Structure and Marketing Choices

  • Review of all major transaction features, including:
    • Over-allotment option
    • Black Out and Lock Up arrangements
    • Syndicate selection and economics
    • Underwriting Agreement and critical clauses
  • Discuss the role of due diligence
  • Learn how to identify prospective buyers and conduct marketing best practices
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