Syndicate/Capital Markets

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We regularly participate in a wide array of public offerings (IPOs, Secondaries, SPACs) that are managed by leading investment banking firms. By maintaining strong relationships with some of the largest regional and international firms, we give our clients the opportunity to participate in some of the most recognizable companies nationwide.

What Is an Initial Public Offering (IPO)?

An initial public offering (IPO) refers to the process of offering shares of a private corporation to the public in a new stock issuance. An IPO allows a company to raise capital from public investors. The transition from a private to a public company can be an important time for private investors to fully realize gains from their investment as it typically includes a share premium for current private investors. Meanwhile, it also allows public investors to participate in the offering.

What Is a Secondary Offering?

The term secondary offering refers to the sale of shares owned by an investor to the general public on the secondary market. These are shares that were already sold by the company in an initial public offering (IPO). The proceeds from a secondary offering are paid to the stockholders who sell their shares rather than to the company.

Some companies may offer follow-on offerings, which may also be called secondary offerings. These offerings can take on two different forms: non-dilutive and dilutive secondary offerings.

What Is a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC)?

A special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) is a company that has no commercial operations and is formed strictly to raise capital through an initial public offering (IPO) or the purpose of acquiring or merging with an existing company.

Also known as “blank check companies,” SPACs have been around for decades, but their popularity has soared in recent years. In 2020, 247 SPACs were created with $80 billion invested, and in 2021, there were a record 613 SPAC IPOs. By comparison, only 59 SPACs came to market in 2019.