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Firm Announces Release of 2008 IPO, Venture Capital and M&A Reports

May 28, 2008

We are pleased to announce the publication of our annual overviews of the IPO, Venture Capital and M&A markets.

The 2008 IPO Report includes:

  • A detailed analysis of the 2007 IPO market
  • An outlook for the IPO market in the year ahead
  • Regional breakdowns (California, Mid-Atlantic, New England and Tri-State)
  • A review of the 2007 PIPEs and Rule 144A markets
  • An update on the recent surge in IPOs by special purpose acquisition companies
  • Insight on the new SEC rules for smaller public companies
  • An analysis of the benefits and challenges of pursuing a “dual track” IPO
  • A look back at the evolution of the IPO process over the last decade
  • A discussion of recent developments in the proxy environment
  • Counsel and underwriter rankings

 

The 2008 Venture Capital Report offers:

  • A detailed analysis of the 2007 venture capital market, including industry breakdowns
  • An outlook for the venture capital market in the year ahead
  • US regional breakdowns (California, Mid-Atlantic, New England and Tri-State)
  • A review and outlook for the European venture capital market
  • An overview of trends in venture capital financing and VC-backed company M&A deal terms
  • An analysis of the VC fund formation climate
  • Venture capital counsel rankings

 

The 2008 M&A Report features:

  • A detailed analysis of the 2007 global M&A market, including industry breakdowns
  • An outlook for the M&A market in the year ahead
  • A review of the impact of CFIUS on foreign acquisitions of US companies
  • An analysis of recent trends in takeover defenses
  • A survey of key terms in sales of VC-backed companies
  • An examination of the ramifications of SEC changes to Rules 144 and 145
  • A discussion of the impact of FASB’s adoption of new accounting rules for M&A transactions
  • Counsel rankings for sales of VC-backed companies

 

Statistics from independent sources confirm that WilmerHale:

  • Handled more IPOs from 1996–2007 for eastern US companies than any other law firm in the country
  • Handled more technology IPOs in 2004–2007 for eastern US companies than any other law firm in the country
  • Handled more Rule 144A equity placements from 2001–2007 for eastern US companies than any other law firm in the country
  • Handled more VC financings in 2007 for eastern US companies than any other law firm in the country
  • Represents more VC-backed eastern US companies than any other law firm in the country
  • Handled more VC financings in 2007 for European companies than any other law firm in Europe
  • Represents more VC-backed European companies than any other law firm in Europe
  • Handled more sales of VC-backed eastern US companies in 2007 than any other law firm in the country
  • Handled more sales of VC-backed eastern US companies from 1996–2007 than any other law firm in the country
  • Was company counsel in more IPOs by eastern US VC-backed companies from 1996–2007 than any other law firm in the country

 

To request copies of these reports, please click here or call 617 526 5600.