Preparing for an IPO: To, Through and Beyond

Published: August 2021


IPOs are happening at a record pace. An astounding 480 IPOs in 2020 more than doubled the yearly average of 212 for the previous decade, and there are no signs of the pace slowing. As of the end of Q1 2021, we saw 402 IPOs, beating every yearly total from 2000 to 2019.1 Is this our version of the Roaring Twenties?

IPO preparations extend well beyond valuations, roadshows, and investment bankers. Compensation professionals play a critical role in this transformation by ensuring that the compensation strategy and systems are in place to deliver on human capital needs. The IPO process is a complex, multifaceted, and fast-paced activity, and compensation and rewards professionals are well served to begin strategic planning far ahead of the expected IPO date.

Equity compensation is a particularly important focus area because it is significantly affected by the public listing. Equity compensation philosophy, plan documents, administration, employee services, processes, procedures, and your available pool of consultants and subject-matter experts may all require a deep review, which could mean change. IPO: To, through, and beyond A roadmap for equity professionals

This joint report from Aon and Fidelity is designed to help compensation professionals identify and plan accordingly. Of course, facts and circumstances must always be considered and you should consult your advisors as necessary to ensure that you stay on track.

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