For a finance chief at a growing midsize company, supporting a decision to take a company public first calls for delivering fact-based guidance on whether an initial public offering (IPO) represents the best strategy for the firm. After a company makes the decision to go public, the CFO must then determine whether the finance team has sufficient skills and bandwidth to accommodate disclosure requirements for an IPO and to support the reporting needs of a public entity post-IPO.
This Webcast will explore:
- How to arrive at a recommendation about whether your company is better off going public or staying private
- Key characteristics of companies that launch successful IPOs
- Differences in the finance function in public and private entities
- How to evaluate benefits and risks of pursuing an IPO through the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act
- What new resources and processes a finance leader should have in place when preparing a company to launch an IPO
- Common pitfalls for the CFO during an IPO, and how to avoid them
- Best practices for ensuring a company's smooth transition from private to public
About the Speaker
Cathy Hauslein, Chief Accounting Officer, Service King Collision Repair Centers
Cathy Hauslein, a Certified Public Accountant, has more than 30 years of financial experience working with public companies. In her role as Chief Accounting Officer with Service King, she leads the reporting, accounting, and tax teams. She also serves as a business partner to the CFO on all technical reporting and operational accounting issues as the company continues to grow.
Before she joined Service King, Ms. Hauslein was Chief Accounting Officer for Mattress Firm. She has also served as Vice President and Corporate Controller for Susser Holdings Corp., where she was a key player in the strategy, formation, and IPO of Susser Petroleum Partners LP as the initial master limited partnership in the retail convenience store space. In addition, she has served as the Vice President and Controller for BancTec Inc., which provided hardware, software, and business process outsourcing. Ms. Hauslein began her career with KPMG, LLP, after graduating summa cum laude from Baylor University, where she earned a BBA in accounting.
About the Moderator
Joe Fleischer, Editorial Director, Custom Content and Research, CFO Publishing
In his role as editorial director of CFO Publishing's custom content team, Joe Fleischer focuses on developing eBooks, research reports, and virtual events on topics that reflect the primary concerns and priorities of senior finance executives. He is based in New York.