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IPO Task Force Issues Recommendations to Improve the Capital Markets for Emerging Growth Companies

In addition to the recommendations above, the IPO Task Force will kick off an industry education initiative aimed at helping emerging growth companies become better consumers of investment banking services. The task force will work to increase the education and involvement of management and board members about the choice of the investment banking syndicate and the allocation of IPO shares. The goal is to efficiently connect the appropriate mix of investors to the sellers of emerging company stocks.

Call to Action

The IPO Task Force asserts that the On-Ramp recommendations are not only consistent with the spirit and intent of the current regulatory regime, but also essential to preserving America’s global economic primacy for decades to come. The group pledges continued participation and support of this effort to put emerging companies, investors and the U.S. job market back on the path to growth. The group is calling on Members of Congress, regulators and the Administration to support and enact legislative initiatives and regulatory reform that incorporate its recommendations so that the country can move quickly toward a vibrant and healthy capital markets system.

“As a country, we need to stop debating how to slice a shrinking pie and start working to grow the pie,” said William Sahlman, professor at Harvard Business School and IPO Task Force member. “A vibrant capital markets system is necessary for our economy to expand and the recommendations put forth by the task force offer a viable approach to address the challenges that are before us.  The future of the U.S. economy now hinges upon action – not rhetoric – and its time to move forward and take the necessary steps to smooth the IPO path for these companies which have proven to be critical sources of job creation, innovation and economic growth.”

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About the IPO Task Force

In March 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department convened the Access to Capital Conference to gather insights from capital markets participants and solicit recommendations for how to restore access to capital for small companies, including public capital through the IPO market. Arising from of one of the conference’s working group conversations, a small group of professionals representing the entire emerging growth company ecosystem – venture capitalists, experienced CEOs, public investors, securities lawyers, academicians and investment bankers –formed the IPO Task Force. Their report, Rebuilding the IPO On-Ramp: Putting Emerging Growth Companies and the Job Market Back on the Road to Growth, examines the challenges that emerging growth companies face in pursuing an IPO and provides recommendations for helping such companies access the capital they need to generate jobs and growth for the U.S. economy and to expand their businesses globally.


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