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Fintalent's IPO consultants helps firms that wish to go public get through the pre and post IPO phases while overseeing the actual IPO offer.

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Frequently asked questions

What clients usually engage your IPO Consultants?

We work with clients from all over the world. Our clients range from enterprise and corporate clients to companies that are backed by Private Equity or Venture Capital funds. Furthermore, we work directly with Family Offices, Private Equity firms, and Asset Managers. Most of our enterprise clients have dedicated Corporate Development, M&A, and Strategy divisions which are utilizing our pool of IPO talent to add on-demand and flexible resources, expertise, or staff to their in-house team.

How is Fintalent different?

Fintalent is not a staffing agency. We are a community of best-in-class IPO professionals, highly specialized within their domains. We have streamlined the process of engaging the best IPO talent and are able to provide clients with IPO professionals within 48 hours of first engaging them. We believe that our platform provides more value for Corporates, Ventures, Private Equity and Venture Capital firms, and Family Offices.

Our Hiring Process – What do ‘Community-Approach’ and ‘Invite-to-Apply’ mean?

‘Invite-to-Apply’ is the process by which we shortlist candidates for the majority of projects on our platform. Often, due to the confidential nature of our clients’ projects, we do not release projects to our whole platform but using the matching technology and expertise of our internal team we select candidates who are the best fit for our clients’ needs. This approach also ensures engagement with our community of professionals on the Fintalent platform, and is a benefit both to our clients and independent professionals, as our freelancers have direct access to the roles best suited to their skills and are more likely to take an interest in a project if they have been sought out directly. In addition, if a member of our community is unavailable for a project but knows someone whose skill set perfectly fits the brief, they are able to invite them to apply for the role, utilizing the personal networks of each talent on our platform.

Which skills and expertise do your Fintalents have?

The Fintalents are hand-picked and vetted IPO professionals, speak over 55 languages, and have professional experience in all geographical markets. Our IPO consultants’ experience ranges from 3+ years as analysts at top investment banks and Strategy consultancies, to later career C-level executives. The average working experience is 6.9 years and 80% of all Fintalents range from 3-12 years into their careers.

Our IPO consultants have experience in leading firms as well as interfacing with clients and wider corporate structures and management. What makes our IPO talent pool stand out is the fact that they have technical backgrounds in over 2,900 industries.

How does the screening and onboarding of your IPO talent work?

Fintalent.io is an invite-only platform and we believe in the power of referrals and a closed-loop community. Members of our community are able to invite a small number of professionals onto the platform. In addition, our team actively scouts for the best talent who have experience in investment banking or have worked at a global top management consultancy. All of our community-referred talent and scouted talent are subject to a rigorous screening process. As such, over the last 18 months totaling more than 750 hours of onboarding calls, of which only 40% have received an invite-link after the call.

What happens if I am not satisfied with my IPO consultant’s work?

During your initial engagement with a member of our Fintalent talent pool with no risk. If you are not satisfied with the quality of your hire for any reason then we are able to find a replacement at short notice. There is no minimum commitment per project, but generally projects last at least 5 days and can last 12+ months.

We are a community-based M&A staffing platform.

With our platform, you can fill full-time M&A roles, or staff your team with a IPO expert when you need an extra hand.

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Everything you need to know about IPO

An IPO in M&A stands for an “initial public offering” for a company’s shares or owners. It is an important event for the company as it marks their graduation from being privately owned to having shares traded on the open market. Fintalent’s IPO consultants note that the process typically represents a passage of the company’s assets to investors and often involves some degree of planning by management, particularly with regard to regulatory oversight requirements, and so it can be costly in terms of time and money.

There is also a general expectation that the financial market should benefit from the IPO process, and so investors will often closely scrutinize a company’s financial performance in order to determine whether it has produced a sufficient level of profit.

During the months leading up to the IPO, the company will disclose its financial statements as they are prepared to keep investors informed of its prospects. A registration statement must be filed with federal regulators as well as with state regulators in several states in which the company is incorporated. This means that when an IPO occurs on one exchange, it is simultaneously occurring on several others, and so this gives authorities additional time to consider the information before it hits the public domain.

After the IPO is launched, the company will be listed as a new entry on major indexes, and since its shares can then be freely traded by investors, this means that its price will fluctuate directly in relation to supply and demand. This process acts as an ongoing measure of the company’s performance according to the prevailing conditions in its industry.

The IPO is not just a financial event though: it represents an important milestone for management. It will show them that they are now operating within a different set of procedures and regulations from those used during their time as a privately-owned entity. Being involved with public markets is often an important test of a company’s ability to adapt and to manage its own performance.

Some of these steps can come as a surprise, though – for example, since the bulk of a company’s finances are not visible during private ownership, managers might not be aware that a positive year-end profit does not always mean that their company has been profitable. However, this process is unlikely to be particularly dramatic: it is unlikely that a newly listed stock will suddenly perform extremely well or decline very quickly.

The IPO process can be expensive and time-consuming, but it is usually considered to be an important inclusion in a company’s career. It is not uncommon for successful CEOs to take part in their companies being traded on the stock market. This is likely based on the belief that this will help them to identify with their investors as well as with future outside managers, who need to understand how companies should operate if they are to assess whether they are a good potential client.

A further purpose of the IPO might be related to the desire of management – particularly those at an early stage of a company’s life – to make their shareholdings accessible for sale or exchange later. This will require the company to go through the IPO process in order to be listed on a stock market. There are several reasons why executives might choose this route:

An alternative way of becoming a publicly traded company is for private equity investors (who are already on the stock market) to take over an existing company and sell shares in order to raise funds for future expansion or other investments. While this gives a company the benefit of being publicly traded without having to undergo the IPO process, it therefore means that the current owners are selling their stock.

The process by which companies become publicly traded is known as “going ex-dividend”, and so the sale of ex-dividend shares will not impact the company’s share price and so can be used as a way of providing an independent valuation without relying on current financial results.

With respect to a particularly large company that is often involved in many industries, it might be difficult for outsiders to see what benefits might come from an IPO. This could mean that being listed on a stock market could seem like a distant future prospect, but this could still be useful if the benefits are especially important to the company’s growth and therefore potentially worth waiting for.

There are also significant differences between common stock and ex-dividend shares.

In the United States, the abbreviated form for an Initial Public Offering is “IPO” (although this term is also used to describe a follow-on offering of stock). In Latin America, the acronym used to be “PBI” (“Panama Stock Exchange”), but now it is commonly referred to as IPO. In Canada, there are two forms of initial public offering. The more common variety of initial public offering refers to the listing of a new stock on a stock market exchange, such as the NYSE or TSX. This type of IPO is often referred to by companies as their IPO or IPOS. The second type of listing is referred to as a pre-IPO. Most companies will not conduct a complete IPO because they do not have sufficient shareholders who are willing to purchase the new shares. A pre-IPO, therefore, allows companies to raise capital in the form of stock without having to go through an IPO. Pre-IPOs may be structured as private placements where only certain shareholders can participate and/or public placements where all shareholders are free to participate. Pre-IPOs are also sometimes referred to as reverse or American IPOs or American printings (“Boston» Type” has been used for this term).

In the United States, an IPO is subject to certain requirements or exemptions, specifically Section 4(a) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 10(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Certain listed companies are exempt from filing reports with the SEC but still must adhere to all other SEC requirements. The rules for Underwriters can be found in Rule 10b-18 under Regulation A and Rule 154 under Regulation D. These rules require that all underwriters be registered with the SEC or be subject to registration if their activities exceed $1 million per year. Usually, there is a minimum percentage of the offering that must be allocated to an Underwriter by way of commission. In addition, if an issuer proposes to have more than five underwriters, it must file a Form A-1 with the SEC which contains a description of its activities and the names of its underwriting clients. The rule states: “The information in A-1 shall be provided in any case where there is no registered market maker or where there are not more than five purchasers”. Rule 154 requires that investors receive annual reports detailing the activities and performance of all underwriters.

Selling shares is called “going ex-dividend”. This happens when the stock trades without the dividend. The company’s board of directors determines a record date, usually two business days before the shares are sold. Any shareholder who owns stock as of that date is entitled to a dividend payment.

In many jurisdictions, shares must be held for a certain period of time before they can be sold, known as “locked-in” or “settlement” periods. In Australia, this is called a securities exchange control. Once these periods end (for example 3 months after the record date in Australia), then shareholders may sell their stock on the ex-dividend date.

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