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Bowne Publishes Updated IPO Guidebook

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Press release from the issuing company

NEW YORK, June 22 -- Bowne Financial Print, the world's largest financial printer, leading EDGAR filer and a division of Bowne & Co., Inc., has just published The Initial Public Offering: A Guidebook for Executives and Boards of Directors (Second Edition), authored by Patrick J. Schultheis, Christian E. Montegut, Robert G. O'Connor, Shawn J. Lindquist and J. Randall Lewis with the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. The guidebook offers readers a practical view of the IPO process and provides helpful advice on how to conduct a successful IPO in today's environment. It provides an overview of the legal framework governing the IPO process, including what issues to consider when contemplating going public, how to assemble the IPO team, how to prepare and file the registration statement, and what to do after a company has gone public. This new second edition addresses a business, financial and legal landscape that has changed dramatically since the first edition's publication in 1998. It also includes listing requirements of the NYSE and NASDAQ, a sample IPO timeline and a compliance calendar, as well as a summary of selected post-Sarbanes-Oxley SEC rules and analysis. "In today's tougher environment of more stringent regulatory requirements, more due diligence and increased Wall Street expectations, CEOs, CFOs and boards of directors are going to need a comprehensive IPO reference guide that accurately reflects the realities of the current business, financial and regulatory landscapes. This new edition has been completely updated to fulfill that need," said co-author Patrick Schultheis. Added co-author Shawn Lindquist: "Shareholders expect more from boards of directors than they did a decade ago. New stock exchange and SEC rules are enacted with such speed and frequency that it is difficult to keep pace. This 'how to' guide offers practical tips, helpful ideas, case examples and pitfalls to avoid in the IPO process, making it a must-read for every CEO, CFO, COO and board member whose company is either contemplating going public or currently in any stage of an IPO." "As a thought-leader in the regulatory and compliance space, Bowne is committed to partnering with leading law firms, such as Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, to provide our clients with the latest information and tools they need to make informed decisions about important business issues, such as deciding to go public and how to make it happen," explained John Batt, Vice President, Marketing, Bowne Financial Print. Valuable information found in this timely guidebook includes: * Overview of legal framework governing the IPO process * How to assemble the IPO team * Roles and responsibilities of the management team, board of directors, underwriters, counsel, auditors, financial printer, research analysts and other specialists * How to prepare and file the registration statement * Planning the road show * How to handle underwriting arrangements, marketing and publicity * Pricing the deal * Life after the IPO * How to avoid Section 16 and insider-trading violations * NYSE and NASDAQ listing requirements * Due diligence checklist * Sample IPO timeline and compliance calendar * Highlights of SEC regulations, including Sarbanes-Oxley This is a working guide that anyone involved with planning or implementing an IPO, including directors and public company executives, in-house counsel, outside lawyers, accountants and auditors -- in fact, anyone who needs to know how to successfully take a company public -- will find relevant and up to date. A printed copy of The Initial Public Offering: A Guidebook for Executives and Boards of Directors (Second Edition) is available at your local Bowne office or can be downloaded for free at http://www.bowne.com/.

 

 

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