Companies undertaking capital raisings can approach the world’s capital markets in various ways. Through an initial public offering, listing either in its home jurisdiction or cross-border, a company can access major global finance hubs and capital from a deep pool of investors around the world.
To achieve a successful IPO by listing a company on the Australian Securities Exchange, a number of significant legal, structural and process issues need to be addressed – often within tight timeframes. This IPO Guide can assist issuers and their directors and advisers to understand and address these issues.
In deciding whether to float, it is important to assess the company's suitability and preparedness for listing.
The market will generally be looking for a proven business model, a track record of revenue and profitability, strong management and corporate governance, clearly articulated strategic growth plans and the ability to deliver on them.
This document is a guide to implementing an IPO and floating a company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), the principal stock market in Australia. It provides a broad overview of the IPO process, and outlines the applicable legal and regulatory requirements and associated practical issues.
In this interview, Antony Rumboll, Baker McKenzie's head of equity capital markets, talks about the current IPO landscape in Australia and the launch of the guide.