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Guide to going public in the US

A public listing can be a strategic imperative for a company, but it can also present tremendous management, organizational and competitive challenges. From navigating dynamic markets to leveraging continually evolving and sometimes fleeting opportunities, going public involves much more than just finding investors to back your vision.

As leaders in advising companies going public, EY teams ground every step of the process in confident-decision making. This guide is based on EY insights from decades of IPO experience.

EY US guide to going public

An IPO can be a strategic transformational event in the lifecycle of a company. Use this for an overview of the paths to going public, and key considerations to assess.


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