If you are reading this book, it
is almost certainly because someone is looking to you for answers – looking to you to
provide the legal certainty the capital markets seek.
Welcome to the inaugural edition of The Initial Public Offerings Law Review. While it is largely agreed that the first ‘modern’ initial public offering (IPO) was by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in 1602, IPOs now take place in nearly every corner of the world and involve a wide variety of companies in terms of size, industry and geography.
This third edition of The Lending and Secured Finance Review comes at a particularly uncertain time for the financial markets. Although the debt markets have been relatively resilient in the face of a series of shocks, the economic outlook remains uncertain: concerns about Brexit, the slow pace of growth in the eurozone, exchange rate movements and the competitive threat posed by deregulation in the US to the UK and European financial markets are among multiple geopolitical risk factors on the horizon.