How we can assist in your IPO process

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EY provides services at all stages of preparing for an IPO and transforming your company from closed into a public entity. Our professionals will act as auditors or reporting accountants, consultants, as well as provide transaction advisory services, consultations on tax and legal matters and business advice.

Our integrated approach to IPO includes four stages, each with its own goals, tasks and timeframe:

Diagnostics

EY's professionals will perform diagnostics of your company's readiness to meet the IPO requirements and will work out a medium-term program (12-24 months) for transforming it into a public company. Diagnostics includes an assessment of the following key aspects of a company's operations:

  • Strategy
  • Structures
  • Taxes
  • Timeline
  • Financials
  • Leadership
  • Functions
  • Systems

Restructuring and reorganization

At this stage of IPO preparation, EY’s professionals will provide advisory and/or transaction support services in the following key areas of a company's operations:

  • Pre-IPO transactions
  • Business valuation
  • Formulation of business plan
  • Financial modeling
  • Sale of non-core assets
  • Consultations on tax issues
  • Company restructuring/reorganization
  • Management compensation programs.

Holding an IPO

The third stage deals with IPO regulatory and stock floatation requirements. At this stage, EY will work with investment banks and other advisors to maximize the efficiency of the IPO transaction and will provide the following services*:

  • Preparation of an audit opinion
  • A review of financial statements
  • Comfort letters
  • Assistance in financial statements
  • Long-form, working capital report**
  • Review of other procedures agreed on with investment banks
  • Tax opinion and comments on the prospectus
  • Assistance in preparing an MD&A and an investment memorandum.

* For audit clients, some additional services may be limited.
** As a rule, for primary listing on the LSE.

Current listing obligations and capitalization growth

The fourth stage addresses the regulatory requirements set for public companies and the maximization of the market value. At this stage EY will provide business advisory services with regard to the following*:

  • Corporate governance
  • Consolidated financial reporting
  • IT systems
  • Internal control over the financial reporting process and disclosures
  • Internal audit and risk management systems
  • Improvement of financial performance
  • Effective personnel management.

IPO readiness

Getting IPO readiness right means implementing change throughout the business, organization and corporate culture. Are you ready?

IPO destination guide

Where’s the best place to take your IPO or secondary listing, and how do you build the right market strategy? Our guide will help.

Your guide to going public

An IPO is a crucial transaction for your company, but just one milestone on the road to market leadership. Our 10-step process explains.

Which stock exchange is right for your business?

As the globalization of capital has accelerated, companies have more choice over where to list. Inside, we examine the strategic focus, standards and fees, processes and regulation, and more, of 17 exchanges.

The risks are different after an IPO

Businesses face a new set of risks after an IPO. Management must balance risk with business opportunities while meeting shareholders' expectations and regulatory demands.

Investment appetite up for IPOs among institutional investors

Our new survey reveals why institutional investors are buying up pre-IPO and IPO stocks and why investors are feeling confident about new floats.