The IPO Journey

Taking your company public is a transformational event

Your company is going from strength to strength, and has reached a stage where an Initial Public Offering (IPO) may be an option for the next step in its development.

And don’t forget, your IPO is not the end – only the beginning of your journey as a PLC.


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Execute an IPO

One of the most important (and earliest) decisions you’ll have to make is the market on which to float your company. Today there are more viable options for companies than ever before — including your own domestic stock exchange, an international stock exchange, or even a dual listing. The decision you make will profoundly affect not only your valuation and your on-going relationship with investors — it will also impact your structure, processes and strategy into the foreseeable future. So you’ll want to choose carefully and strategically, taking into account both short and long term ambitions.

Once you’ve decided to go public, and you’ve chosen your market(s), you need to be in the right shape to begin the process—and the sooner, the better. You’ll need to have a well-thought-out business plan and corporate structure, a compelling equity story, and appropriate governance, financial and IT systems in place. And you’ll need to be ready, from day one, to address new requirements around regulatory compliance, operations, risk management, reporting, investor relations, and much more. All of this, of course, while continuing to run your day-to-day business efficiently and strategically.

Executing a successful IPO is the culmination of a long, complex process. From strategy, accounting, reporting, financial systems, governance, media and investor relations, to treasury and financial risk management, legal, tax, HR, technology—every piece of the puzzle must be in place and connected before you proceed. Each market has its own rules and its own regulatory landscape and risks to navigate. That’s why it is so important to work with an independent advisor that has the people, presence and experience to help you execute your IPO—in whatever market (or markets) you select.

Your IPO is not the end of the story - it’s only the beginning. Once listed, your company will be under far greater public scrutiny than ever before, with a vastly expanded universe of stakeholders - and a significantly larger portfolio of new risks, and obligations, to manage. Any weakness in systems or failure to comply with regulations may cause a loss of investor confidence - not to mention reputational damage, and the potential for significant company and personal monetary damage as well. In more ways than one, the public’s perception of your company will have a direct effect on the value of your stock. Fortunately, you are not alone.

Are you IPO ready?


Contact us

Mark Hughes
Partner, Capital Markets, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)7736 599 759

Peter Whelan
Partner, Capital Markets, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)7770 977 937

Lucy Tarleton
UK Capital Markets Director​, PwC United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)7701 295718

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