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WilmerHale Releases 2015 IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports

BOSTON, March 27, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The law firm WilmerHale is pleased to announce the release of its annual IPO, Venture Capital and M &A Reports. These reports offer insights into market conditions and provide analysis and comprehensive statistics that are unavailable elsewhere. The reports—now in their second decade of publication—draw on WilmerHale's vast experience in IPOs, VC financings and M &A transactions over more than half a century, and reflect the firm's longstanding market leadership in these areas.

"We are delighted to make our IPO, Venture Capital and M &A Reports available once again to clients, market professionals, industry observers and other interested parties," said David A. Westenberg, a WilmerHale partner and one of the nation's foremost authorities on IPOs. "Each year, we are gratified to hear that these reports are a must-read for company executives, venture capitalists, investment bankers, accountants, and many others."

The 2015 IPO Report offers a detailed analysis of, and outlook for, the IPO market. The report features regional breakdowns, useful IPO market metrics, an update on the rates of adoption of various elements of JOBS Act relief available to emerging growth companies, and helpful tips on how to keep your directed share program company-friendly. The report examines the pros and cons of employee stock purchase plans; reviews various SEC, stock exchange and other considerations around director independence; addresses key areas of regulatory diligence for companies going public; and offers a helpful walk-through of the process of SEC review of Form S-1 registration statements in the lead-up to an IPO.

The 2015 Venture Capital Report offers an in-depth analysis of, and outlook for, the US and European venture capital markets. The report features industry and regional breakdowns; an analysis of trends in venture capital financing, convertible debt and VC-backed company M &A deal terms; and a look at important considerations for startup founders weighing the costs, benefits and optimal timing for company incorporation.

The 2015 M &A Report contains a detailed review of, and outlook for, the global M &A market. Other highlights include a comparison of deal terms in public and private acquisitions, updates on takeover defenses and the current climate around proxy access, and a look at the use of social media by public companies and activist shareholders in contested situations. It also examines recent trends in merger control, discusses lessons from Cigna v. Audax for sales of VC-backed companies structured as mergers, addresses the challenges posed by pre-IPO acquisitions, and surveys key terms in sales of VC-backed companies.

WilmerHale is widely recognized for its preeminence in the representation of technology and life sciences companies in the US and Europe. The firm's corporate lawyers are renowned for their work in initial public offerings, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, corporate governance matters and the representation of emerging companies. WilmerHale's business lawyers draw on the resources of our intellectual property, tax, labor and employment, employee benefits, litigation, real estate, bankruptcy and antitrust practices to provide a one-stop solution to its corporate clients. The firm's corporate practice is consistently recognized by Chambers USA and, in 2014, was named to Corporate Board Member's "America's Top Corporate Law Firms" list.

To request a hard copy of any of the reports, please contact the WilmerHale Client Development Department at ClientDevelopment@wilmerhale.com or call +1 617 526 5600.

About Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

WilmerHale provides legal representation across a comprehensive range of practice areas that are critical to the success of its clients. The law firm's leading Intellectual Property, Litigation/Controversy, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Securities, and Transactional Departments participate in some of the highest-profile legal and policy matters. With a staunch commitment to public service, the firm is renowned as a leader in pro bono representation. WilmerHale is 1,000 lawyers strong with 14 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.wilmerhale.com.

CONTACT: Lauren Coppola WilmerHale, Public Relations 617 526 6998 Lauren.Coppola@wilmerhale.com

Source:WilmerHale LLP(Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP)