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Going Public: Preparing for an IPO in the U.S.: Key Considerations and Challenges in a Changing World

Jeong Choi, Ryan Russell, Bahi Okupa-Hines, Julie Park, and Jongkwon Ryoo

Companies are increasingly seeking to list in the U.S. (NYSE, Nasdaq) through IPOs, de-SPAC transactions or mergers with existing public companies. How do companies determine which market to list their securities on?  What are the benefits and potential drawbacks of listing in the U.S. versus in other markets?  How should companies prepare for a U.S. public listing?  Are there any new technologies that are making the IPO process and operations as a U.S. listed company easier?  What are some challenges for companies headquartered outside of the U.S. or foreign parent companies listing their subsidiaries in the U.S., including operational and compliance issues?  What are the differences between an IPO, a SPAC and a direct listing?  What trends are we seeing in the IPO market given market and other geopolitical volatilities? 

This panel was presented at the Fall 2023 Asia/Pacific Conference on “Law and Technology in a Changing World” in Seoul, South Korea.