New Edition Published of Initial Public Offerings: A Practical Guide to Going Public

Acclaimed IPO guidebook completely revised and substantially expanded to address JOBS Act and other key developments

Author launches IPO blog, available at

BOSTON, Feb. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- WilmerHale, a long-time leader in initial public offerings, and Practising Law Institute (PLI), a leading provider of continuing legal education, announce the release of the Second Edition of Initial Public Offerings: A Practical Guide to Going Public. The book is written by David Westenberg, of WilmerHale's Capital Markets Group, and draws upon his and the firm's decades of experience as a leader in the IPO market.

Hailed by executives, entrepreneurs, general counsel, investment bankers and venture capitalists alike as the definitive IPO guide, Initial Public Offerings: A Practical Guide to Going Public charts every twist and turn on the IPO journey and provides battle-tested advice on how to plan, execute and complete a successful IPO. Packed with planning tips, case studies, checklists, empirical data and sample documents, the book provides instant access to the essential information that IPO companies and their advisors often struggle to amass on their own.

Completely revised and substantially expanded, this just-released Second Edition addresses key changes in legal requirements and market practices of critical interest to IPO companies, lawyers and market professionals alike. Among other new and updated topics, the book covers the impact of the JOBS Act on private company fundraising, pre-IPO activities, Form S-1 disclosure requirements and the IPO process; ongoing changes in corporate governance requirements and practices; and important developments in accounting preparation, SEC review and underwriting practices. The new edition also includes updated market data, IPO forms and planning tips to help ensure a smooth IPO in the post–Dodd-Frank Act, post-JOBS Act world.

Industry leaders agree that Initial Public Offerings: A Practical Guide to Going Public is the ultimate roadmap to the IPO process:

"All participants in the [IPO] process—even the hardiest veterans—will find something in this book that they didn't know before they picked it up."

— Keith F. Higgins, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP

"A detailed step-by-step guide that every practitioner should have."

— Broc Romanek, Editor of

"An invaluable and comprehensive resource for the experienced practitioner and novice entrepreneur alike."
— Richard D. Truesdell, Jr., Partner, Davis Polk and Wardwell LLP

Initial Public Offerings is available now by calling toll-free at (800) 260-4754 or by visiting

Lauren G. Coppola

Senior Public Relations Specialist, WilmerHale

1 (617) 526 6998

About the Author

David A. Westenberg has guided numerous clients from formation through venture financing and on to successful IPOs or acquisitions. He has led more than 50 IPOs and other capital markets transactions and advised dozens of public companies on corporate and securities law matters. Westenberg is the editor and principal author of WilmerHale's annual IPO Report and is the editor and co-author of its annual Venture Capital Report and M&A Report. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of corporate, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, technology law and information technology law, Westenberg was also named by Best Lawyers as "Boston Technology Law Lawyer of the Year" in 2012. Previously, he was selected by The American Lawyer magazine as "Dealmaker of the Year" for equities and was named an "All Star for Law & Technology" by Mass High Tech for fostering the development of New England technology companies. A graduate of MIT and Harvard Law School, Westenberg joined WilmerHale in 1983 and became a partner in 1992. Learn more about Initial Public Offerings by visiting and stay informed of timely IPO updates by following Westenberg on his blog at

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 Corporate 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

About PLI

Practising Law Institute (PLI) is a non-profit continuing legal education organization dedicated to providing the legal community with the most up-to-date information available. Founded in 1933, PLI has a continuing mission to enhance the professionalism of attorneys and other qualified persons by providing the highest quality and most innovative programs. PLI also offers one-hour briefings, online CLE, publications, and other services to enable attorneys to practice competently and ethically, as well as to fulfill pro bono responsibilities. PLI offers more than 300 programs annually in locations across the US, including live webcasts, interactive multimedia, web programs, course handbooks, and annually supplemented treatises. In addition, PLI annually awards more than 3,000 full and partial scholarships to its programs. Learn more about PLI at

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