How Do I Go Public to Raise Capital?

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A private or public company can raise capital in a variety of ways. Traditional sources of capital for companies include loans from financial institutions such as a bank, or from friends and family as well as receivable financing. Companies can also raise capital in going public transactions by selling their securities prior to filing an SEC registration. Going public is a milestone for any company and there are both advantages and  disadvantages that attach to public company status.  Companies going public do so because of the general perception that their new status will make it easier to raise capital.

If a private or public company is offering and selling securities, even if to only one person, the offer and sale of the securities must either be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) or must qualify for an exemption from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).  

Advantages of Public Company Status

There are numerous advantages of public company status including:

♦ Going Public potentially increases the opportunities to raise capital;

♦ To increase liquidity for the private company’s stock, which may allow the owners and employees who receive stock through an employee benefits program to sell their stock more easily;

♦ To acquire other businesses with the private company’s stock once its securities are publicly traded;

♦ To attract and compensate management and other employees with public company stock and stock-option compensation; and

♦ To create brand awareness, publicity and prestige for the private company.

Raising Capital by Selling Stock

Before deciding to go public to raise capital, private companies should consider many factors including:

♦ The cost of a public offering and time needed to become publicly traded;

♦ Increased liabilities resulting from public disclosures and obligations arising from public company status;

♦ Private companies may lose some flexibility in managing company matters because public company shareholders must approve certain corporate actions; and

♦ Information about the company, such as financial statements and disclosures about material contracts, customers and suppliers, will become publicly available to competitors.

For further information about this securities law blog post, please contact Brenda Hamilton, Securities Attorney at 101 Plaza Real S, Suite 202 N, Boca Raton, Florida, (561) 416-8956, by email at [email protected] or visit   This securities law blog post is provided as a general informational service to clients and friends of Hamilton & Associates Law Group and should not be construed as, and does not constitute legal advice on any specific matter, nor does this message create an attorney-client relationship. Please note that the prior results discussed herein do not guarantee similar outcomes.

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