Private equity firms increasingly recognise the viability of IPOs as an exit strategy. Previously dissuaded by the rigorous reporting structures associated with floating, many fund managers have recently found the opportunities available on public markets sufficiently attractive to offset these misgivings.

Leading the post-pandemic resurgence of IPOs, London listings have enjoyed their best beginning to a new calendar year since the global financial crisis. The capital accounted for nine of the 22 listings announced in Europe in January, providing three of the region’s five largest offerings in that period.
It is vital that the adviser managing the dual track process tailors their analysis to the specific needs of the company in question, whether those would be best served by undertaking an IPO or not. And with many private equity firms eschewing the public option simply due to lack of expertise in that area, an advisor with the knowhow of both sides can be the difference between an exit realising its full potential and falling short.