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6 June 20221 minute read

A guide to IPO listing in Australia

Many active, successful private companies consider an Initial Public Offering (IPO) at some stage in their development as a route to accelerate growth and to open up new opportunities for their business. In addition, foreign companies may look towards an ASX listing (whether as a primary or dual listing) to access the Australian capital markets and private equity investors may work towards an IPO as an exit mechanism for their investment.

Regardless of the stage in the company’s growth, it is important for the directors and owners of such businesses to weigh up the pros and cons of a listing (given the cost and increased regulatory burden of doing so), consider alternative methods of achieving their goals and understand the IPO process in advance of taking this significant step.

This guide is not intended to be a blueprint for an IPO. Rather, it aims to assist companies in making an informed decision as to whether to seek a listing and to demystify the IPO process. The best advice we can give is to seek advice early. Once the decision to list has been made, a well-equipped team to help guide the listing process is vital.