IPOs & Reverse Mergers: Financial Reporting & Filing Requirements


The process of going public is long and arduous and can be intimidating to an accountant going through the process. This seminar maps the process from start to finish and explains the accounting, SEC and financial reporting requirements of each process. In this unique seminar, you’ll learn the advantages and steps needed to:

  • Effectively implement a traditional IPO process
  • Take your company through a reverse merger into a public shell
  • Go public as an Emerging Growth Company under the JOBS Act



This seminar is designed for accountants serving privately held companies that are contemplating going public. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the accounting and financial reporting requirements of going public through a reverse merger into a public shell company or as an Emerging Growth Company. For the more traditional IPO, you will learn how to handle all the requirements of the S-1 registration statement.

  • Choosing the best method of going public for your company
  • An IPO timeline
  • Scaled requirements of an EGC (Emerging Growth Company)
  • Dealing with underwriters, attorneys and accountants
  • Role of the independent accountant
  • Financial statement requirements
  • Preparing pro formas
  • Filing requirements of a reverse merger into a public shell
  • Accounting for a reverse merger
  • Preparing a registration statement
  • Walk-through of a registration statement
  • Preparing the MD&A
  • Filing and reporting requirements of major acquisitions in the three-year period prior to an IPO
  • Responding to SEC comments
  • Reporting requirements after the IPO

Basic knowledge of financial accounting and reporting.


No advance preparation required.

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