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Going public

When a private company first offers shares to the public market and investors. See: IPO.

Going Public

The act or process of a company selling stock in itself when it moves from private ownership to public trade. More generally, it refers to the actual first sale of stock to the public. Small companies looking for a new source of financing often go public, but large companies who wish to be publicly traded can do so as well. Investing in a company that is going public is generally risky because one does not know how much demand will exist for the stock after its initial offering. This risk comes from the uncertainty of the stock's resale value. See also: Publicly-traded company.

going public

The process by which a privately held company sells a portion of its ownership to the general public through a stock offering. Owners generally take their firms public because they need additional large sums of equity funding that they are unable or unwilling to contribute themselves.
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Hamilton & Associates Securities Lawyers announces revisions of the firm's informative website that offers extensive information about securities law, going public transactions, reverse merger risks and SEC registration Statements.
The average quality of those patents, as measured by how often they were cited, declined by about 40 percent in the five years after going public.
Brenda Hamilton, a securities & going public lawyer, discussed direct public offerings /DPOs, accredited crowdfunding and Form S-1 registration statements for small businesses going public.
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And going public almost always means some family members lose or must change jobs because of SEC disclosure requirements and the added responsibility of answering to the public about costs.
The conference is Israel's largest event on the subject and is attended by hundreds of CEOs and CFOs considering going public or raising capital in Israel and abroad.
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Smith has worked for publicly held companies in the past, so he is able to discuss the pros and cons of going public with the family members, but they have never expressed any interest in changing the C corporation family ownership structure.
They're effectively going public by being bought,'' Garrahan said.
Last year was no exception, as the number of corporations going public swelled to 870 from 172 in 1990.
Observation: Because the benefits substantially outweigh the costs, a consent should be a standard operating procedure for corporations going public.