Direct Listings: NYSE’s “IPO” Proposal – Controversial?
Last week, the NYSE proposed a rule change to allow listed companies to sell newly issued primary shares on its own behalf directly into the opening trade. As noted in a Davis Polk memo, this change could make the direct listing route more attractive to companies that need to raise capital, although it is an open question whether companies will be able to achieve the desired pricing & distribution of shares in a way comparable to that done in a traditional underwritten IPO.
Some are worried about the investor protection issues raised when the traditional IPO process is not utilized – but others note that there are a number of misconceptions about direct listings, including that a direct listing is even a “capital-raising” activity
-Broc Romanek, TheCorporateCounsel.net December 6, 2019
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