Wednesday October 21, 2020

The end of the IPO era

A public listing is terrific for the right company, but public ownership is hard work, starting with a long and resource-intensive listing process, prompting major moves in Irish M&A away from stock market launches

30th July, 2017

Public ownership. A stock market listing. Analyst coverage.

Time was, there was no greater mark of achievement for a company than an IPO. Today that distinction belongs increasingly to private equity and other forms of alternative capital, as more and more companies turn away from public markets.

Interestingly, this movement is particularly prevalent in Ireland, where the first generation of indigenous private equity firms is providing owners with just what they need – an ideal...

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