From Red Herring to Green Shoe — The Path to a Successful IPO

Discussing key issues and considerations companies will encounter as they position themselves for growth and liquidity by pursuing an IPO in the United States.

Please join us in Chicago for a half day of discussion that highlights the key issues and considerations companies will encounter as they position themselves for growth and liquidity by pursuing an IPO in the US.

Tuesday, January 29
Program 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m
Cocktail Reception 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Venue SIX10
610 Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL


Please click here to register online.


Expert panelists from Goldman, Sachs & Co., Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Deloitte, PWC, The SEC Institute, the NYSE Euronext and Latham & Watkins LLP will share their insights on the following topics:

  • The IPO Process – Public Company Readiness, Timing and Legal Considerations and the Exchange Listing Process
  • Forks in the Road – How to Successfully Run a "Dual Track" M&A/IPO Process
  • All About the Numbers – Top Accounting Issues Faced by IPO Companies
  • The Secret to Successful Execution – Valuation, Market Windows, the Road Show Process and Building the "Book"
Panelist Biographies

Cathy Birkeland - Cathy Birkeland is the Deputy Office Managing Partner in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins. She has practiced with the firm since 1997 and is a member of the Corporate Department. Ms. Birkeland’s practice focuses on capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance matters and public company representation. She has represented a number of issuers in public offerings and private placements and a number of investment banks in their capacity as underwriters.

Bill Blais - Bill Blais is a managing director in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs and head of the firm's corporate finance execution effort. He is responsible for leading the execution of complex equity, equity-linked and debt offerings undertaken on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, consumer/retail, general industrial and natural resources. Mr. Blais joined the firm as a managing director in 2007. Prior to this, Bill spent 22 years at Morgan Stanley & Co., as a managing director in the Global Capital Markets group.

Roderick Branch - Roderick Branch is a partner in the Chicago office Latham & Watkins. His practice focuses on capital markets transactions and securities regulation, with a particular interest in securities offerings by non-US issuers. He has extensive experience in securities financings in public and private markets, and has represented public- and private-sector companies, investment banks and sovereign governments in global capital markets transactions.

Alexander Cohen - Alex Cohen is Co-chair of Latham and Watkins’s national office, a central resource for clients and Latham lawyers facing complex issues arising under the US securities laws. His practice covers capital markets, registration and reporting with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), corporate governance, accounting restatements, investigations by the SEC and related issues. Mr. Cohen is a former senior official of the SEC, joining the Commission as Deputy General Counsel for Legal Policy and Administrative Practice and later serving as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Mitch Edwards - Mitch Edwards is the CFO of Razer Inc, a leading manufacturer of consumer electronics, laptops, tablets, and gaming peripherals.  Prior to Razer, he served as CFO of Skullcandy (NASDAQ:SKUL), a consumer electronics and branded consumer lifestyle company and the #2 headphone company in the US. He led the company's IPO in 2011, as well as key M&A transactions. Prior to joining Skullcandy, Mitch served as CFO of BitTorrent, one of the world's leading Internet video and rich media technology distribution companies.  He has also held the CFO title at Groxis, Ikano Communications, and Digital Courier Technologies, for which he completed IPOs and other liquidity transactions.  Mitch started his career as an M&A and corporate securities lawyer at Shearman & Sterling in New York and San Francisco, and was a Partner at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Los Angeles, where he completed dozens of IPOs, venture capital transactions, international financings, and mergers & acquisitions. He has worked at the White House and the United States Supreme Court, has law and business degrees from Stanford and Oxford University, and was a Marshall Scholar.

Mike Gould -  Mike Gould is a Transaction Services partner at PwC with over 22 years of experience providing accounting, financial reporting and advisory services, while based in the United States, South Korea and the United Kingdom. During his career, Mr. Gould has worked on over 50 IPO's and similar transactions, including IPO's for Accenture, American Water, Citadel, Education Management Corporation, GNC, Groupon, LG.Phillips, Orbitz, Rio Tinto, SRAM and Travelport, as well as IPO's of many smaller and mid-cap privately-held companies for private equity and other sponsors.

Mark Hoplamazian - Mark Hoplamazian was appointed to the Board of Directors of Hyatt Hotels Corporation in November 2006 and named President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2006. Prior to being appointed to his present position, Mr. Hoplamazian served as President of The Pritzker Organization, LLC (“TPO”), the principal financial and investment advisor for Pritzker family business interests.  Mr. Hoplamazian has served on the boards of directors of a number of privately held companies and participated on behalf of the Pritzker family business interests in the formation of a number of companies.  He previously worked in international mergers and acquisitions at The First Boston Corporation in New York. 

Timothy M. Hurd - Timothy M. Hurd is a Managing Director of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (MDP), a private equity firm based in Chicago with $14 billion of assets under management.  He joined MDP in 1996 as a Vice President and became a Managing Director in 2000.  He created the Financial Services Team at MDP in 2000 and focuses primarily on the asset management, financial technology, and specialty finance sectors.  Mr. Hurd currently serves or previously served on the boards of directors of PayPal, Nuveen Investments, TransUnion Corp., CapitalSource Inc., PeopleFirst and Outsourcing Solutions. 

Marc Jaffe - Marc Jaffe is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Jaffe is global Co-chair of the firm’s Capital Markets Practice and the former Vice-chair of the firm's global Corporate Department. His practice centers on corporate finance and general securities and corporate matters. His clients include US and foreign investment banks, New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq-listed companies, non-US corporations, private equity funds and mezzanine investment funds. Mr. Jaffe has substantial experience representing issuers, investment banking firms and investors in public and private debt and equity offerings and lending transactions of all kinds in a broad range of industries, including: entertainment, financial services, gaming, hospitality, manufacturing, energy, media and telecommunications, technology and retail. He has also represented investment banks, companies and investors in all manners of other engagements, including: exchange offers, tender offers and consent solicitations, restructurings, bridge lending and loan commitments and other financing transactions.

Christopher Lueking - Christopher Lueking is in his twenty-fourth year of practice with Latham & Watkins. Mr. Lueking’s practice focuses on corporate finance, securities and public company representation, including public and private securities offerings and counseling public companies on securities and corporate governance matters. His practice includes representation of investment banks and issuers in public offerings of equity and high yield debt as well as investors and issuers in venture capital transactions. Additionally, Mr. Lueking is Chair of the firm's Industrials and Manufacturing Practice Group.

Bobby Mehta -  Siddharth N. “Bobby” Mehta served as CEO and president of TransUnion Corp. from August 2007 to December 2012 and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.  While at TransUnion, Mr. Mehta led the company through two change of control transactions.  In 2010, Pritzker Family Business Interests sold a controlling interest in TransUnion to Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC and in 2012, Mr. Mehta led the company in a dual track M&A/IPO process that resulted in the sale of the company to Advent International and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Before TransUnion, Mr. Mehta was chairman and CEO of HSBC Finance Corporation, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations.  He was also the group managing director of HSBC Holdings plc, with responsibility for the strategic management of the consumer finance customer group and credit cards throughout the HSBC Group.

Stephen Pierce - Stephen Pierce is global head of Equity Capital Markets for Goldman Sachs.  He is a member of the Investments Banking Division Client and Business Standards Committee and has served on the Firmwide Commitments Committee and the IBD Operating Committee.  During his tenure at Goldman, he has served in multiple roles, including: being an analyst in Corporate Finance, overseeing the Equity Capital Markets group in London, assuming responsibility for Communications, Media & Entertainment Equity Capital Markets and heading the Equity Capital Markets for the Americas.  He was named managing director in 1997 and partner in 2000.

Michael Pucker - Michael Pucker's practice focuses on general corporate counseling, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, company representation and counseling Boards and senior management in a variety of industries, including hospitality, financial services, manufacturing, retail and life sciences. Mr. Pucker's clients include Hyatt Hotels Corporation, The Marmon Group, TransUnion Corporation, The Pritzker Organization, BDT Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs & Co., Sterling Partners, Bass Pro Group and Triton Container, as well as a number of other closely held companies.

Carolyn E. Saacke - Carolyn E. Saacke is a Managing Director in the Capital Markets group at NYSE Euronext. In this role, she advises private companies, PE and VC firms, and investment bankers on the capital markets, market structure, NYSE initiatives and exchange selection.  Ms. Saacke’s experience includes fourteen years on Wall Street, working in the investment banking units of Bear Stearns, Citigroup and Deloitte, and over US$23.5 billion of completed advisory and over US$30 billion of completed financing transactions.

Carol Stacey - Carol Stacey joined the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission Institute in 1997 as Vice President. In 2011, she served as a member of the IPO Task Force formed to recommend ways to improve job creation by improving access to the capital markets by emerging growth companies. Prior to joining the SEC Institute, Ms. Stacey was a senior official at the Securities and Exchange Commission, serving as the Chief Accountant of the Division of Corporation Finance.

Joel H. Trotter - Joel H. Trotter is the global Co-chair of the firm's Public Company Representation Practice Group and the Deputy Chair of the Corporate Department in the Washington, D.C. office. He also serves as Co-chair of the firm's national office, a central resource for clients and Latham attorneys facing complex issues arising under the US securities laws. Mr. Trotter's practice focuses on capital markets transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation and general corporate matters. He represents major NYSE and Nasdaq companies and counsels issuers and underwriters in the public offering process and in other SEC-related matters.

Arie S. Wilgenburg - Arie S. Wilgenburg is a Partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP in the firm’s National Office Accounting Consultation Group in Chicago, focusing primarily on Revenue Recognition, Consolidation, and Leasing matters. In this capacity, Mr. Wilgenburg assists clients in the application of US GAAP and IFRS. His experience includes a fellowship with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) where he served as a Professional Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant.

29 January 2013
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Venue SIX10

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