Whether your company is looking to access capital to continue to grow, or whether you’re aiming to raise your company’s profile or explore exit strategies for investors, entering the capital markets via an initial public offering (IPO) could be a viable option.
An IPO is a transformational event for any business and you need to be ready to deal with the additional demands that being a public company brings. While a public company faces greater public scrutiny and regulations, it also secures access to more, and often deeper, sources of capital. How do you get there? And how do you know if it’s the right path to capital for you?
Preparation is key
Preparation can make the difference between success and failure, so the sooner you start to plan the better. First and foremost, you need to know why you’re going public, considering the best timing thereof and identify what you should focus on in terms of the right preparation for a journey that, if done properly, can be an exciting – and lucrative – step for your business.
And don’t forget, your IPO is not the ultimate objective in itself – it’s only the beginning of your journey as a listed company.
Your partner as you go public
For organisations considering an IPO, the preparations are complex, time-consuming and resource-intensive. In an environment where great emphasis is already placed on sound corporate governance, strong internal processes and effective systems and controls, organisations seeking to become public entities are facing increased requirements.
Leveraging our team of experienced professionals, SMARTFEL can help you throughout the entire IPO process, beginning with the assessment and evaluation of the merits of an IPO as well as exploring all possible options.
The IPO Journey – maximising your potential
An IPO is a once in a lifetime opportunity and being well prepared is critical to success. The process is incredibly complex and your IPO journey is likely to take many twists and turns. Anticipation, sound advice and thorough planning will therefore be necessary to meet your listing objective.
Why we are well placed to assist you
Across SMARTFEL we have a wealth of IPO experience. Our team has travelled this route countless times before and can assist you at every stage of your IPO Journey. Our team is truly multi-disciplinary, covering corporate finance advisory, audit, transaction services, taxation and other specialists from across the firm. This enables us to provide first class advice, not only on technical issues and matters of process, but also on the wider reaching strategic and commercial considerations that you would expect from an independent financial adviser.
We have assisted over half the CIS companies now listed on local and foreign exchanges by offering them integrated IPO services, which include:
IPO Readiness Diagnostics to determine your readiness for IPO
IPO Assist − we work as an integrated part of your team to provide you with the right level of assistance to complement your existing skills and resources
Tax and legal restructuring in preparation for IPO
IFRS reporting and fast close, to meet the exchanges’ requirements
Executive remuneration plans to motivate your Board, during and following the IPO
Corporate governance advice on transparency, risk management, Board composition, etc.
The combination of our specialised team and our significant capital markets experience gives us confidence that we can deliver the most valuable and cost effective solutions to you to enable a smooth and efficient IPO process.