Morrison & Foerster regularly advises issuers and underwriters on initial public offerings. Our extensive capital markets experience, combined with our deep experience in some of the most active industries for offerings, make us an invaluable resource for issuers transitioning to public ownership. We help management and boards of directors: anticipate potential structuring, accounting and regulatory issues; plan their company's financing strategy well beyond the IPO; structure intercompany relationships; adopt new charters; address tax concerns; develop new compensation arrangements; advise officers and directors on monetization of their restricted stock holdings; and draft disclosures. We also help underwriters advise their clients on these matters. Additionally, we have extensive experience in advising on the formation of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs).

Our highly regarded Public Companies Counseling + Compliance practice provides guidance to officers and boards on the requirements of public ownership and advises clients on periodic reporting matters. We offer our public company clients a team of lawyers with the capability to handle legal issues in any area they face, including mergers and acquisitions, tax, executive compensation, board structure, privacy and data security, and litigation.

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