Please note: Blueprint for an IPO was updated in October 2023. All links point to the updated version.

Blueprint for an IPOBass, Berry & Sims announces the release of its updated Blueprint for an IPO, a guide to help companies understand the process of going public and the new challenges they will face once their securities are publicly traded. An IPO is at the same time exciting and very demanding on a company’s management team. IPO candidates face for the first time the expansive regulatory scheme administered by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and must deal with corporate governance processes that are much different than what they had as private companies.

The newly released guide is organized in an easy to use Q&A format detailing many of the ongoing obligations a company will face after it becomes a public company.

Below is a list of the types of questions that are answered in the newest edition of the Blueprint for an IPO.

Overview Of IPOs

  • What are some advantages/disadvantages of going public?
  • What are the various types of underwriting?
  • What is due diligence?

Corporate Housekeeping

  • Should our bylaws be amended?
  • What committees should the board of directors establish?
  • What new equity compensation plans should we consider?

Limitations On Publicity During The Offering Process

  • What can we say to the public during the registration process?
  • What is the quiet period?
  • What precautions should we take to prevent possible violations?

Ongoing Disclosure Obligations

  • What are the documents that are required to be filed with the SEC?
  • Are there any reporting requirements for significant shareholders?
  • After we complete our IPO, can insiders sell their shares?

Click the image to download a copy of the newest version of the Blueprint for an IPO or send an email to Allison Stites to request a hard copy.