An initial public offering (IPO) is the first sale of stock by a private company to the public. IPOs are often issued by smaller, younger companies seeking the capital to expand, but can also be done by large privately-owned companies looking to become publicly traded.

For many chief financial officers, directing an initial public offering is one of the most challenging and rewarding tasks they undertake. That being said, it can be a long complicated journey in which many important decisions that will effect the success of the outcome must be made. The exit planning team may choose to outsource key functions as it prepares its exiting strategy.

Recently, ZM Ventures was hired as a resource for helping a Seattle business go public. Read the case study.

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