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What Is an Initial Public Offering?

An initial public offering (IPO) is the first non-private sale of securities by an issuer or a person controlling the issuer to members of the public. Generally, any offering that is not exempt under the private offering exemption of the Securities Act of 1933 (Regulation D) is a public offering.

What Steps Are Required For an Initial Public Offering?

There are several steps that must be taken before a company can make a public offering. The following is a basic layout of what must be done:

Do I Need an Attorney to Make a Public Offering?

Yes. If your company is considering making a public offering, you need to contact an attorney. The formalities of planning an IPO make the process both extremely complex and technical. Speaking with a business law attorney will ensure that you do not violate any SEC regulations as well as maximize your IPO's viability.

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Last Modified: 12-15-2014 03:44 PM PST

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