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IPO: A Global Guide Hardcover – April 15, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Hong Kong University Press; 1st edition (April 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 988808318X
  • ISBN-13: 978-9888083183
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #902,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A superb guide, from a master poacher turned gamekeeper.

(David Charters, author of Trust me, I'm a Banker and At Bonus Time No-one Can Hear You Scream.)

I only wish that this guide had been available in the 1980s and 1990s, when the great international IPO boom took off. It is packed with the information that any practitioner -- or would-be practitioner -- needs to navigate their way through the cross-cutting complexities of getting an IPO up and running, right round the world. Espinasse never lets us forget that there is a great deal of art involved in an IPO and judgement is a vital component of the event. This brilliant guide is an invaluable support.

(Lord Freud, author of Freud in the City, UK Minister for Welfare Reform and former Vice-Chairman, UBS Investment Bank)

A first-class primer on the IPO market. Full of real-world examples, the book provides a comprehensive and detailed -- but lively -- view of the IPO process. A valuable introduction to the market.


A most enjoyable and well-informed insider's guide that looks beyond the theory and examines in detail all aspects of conducting an international IPO. A very valuable read for issuers and other participants in the global equity markets.

(Ganen Sarvananthan, Executive Director, Investments, Khazanah Nasional Berhad)

Philippe Espinasse breaks the trade into its component parts, explaining how the business works -- and doesn't work -- in clear, compelling language. For anyone who wants to understand finance today, the book is a must-have.

(Shu-Ching Jean Chen, contributing writer of Forbes Asia)

From the Inside Flap

In this practical guide to initial public offerings, Philippe Espinasse explains the pros and cons of turning private businesses into listed companies. In straightforward, jargon-free language he details the strategies, procedures and documentation for different forms of listings, and describes the process of marketing and pricing an international IPO.
The guide includes many real-life case studies, sample documents, an extensive glossary of terms, and a review of listing requirements for major stock exchanges. It also discusses recent developments in global equity capital markets.

"IPO: A Global Guide" is applicable to any financial jurisdiction, including emerging markets with vibrant IPO activity in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Intended for entrepreneurs, market practitioners and students, this guide will be essential reading for anyone planning to take a company to market.
--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

More About the Author

Philippe Espinasse spent more than 19 years working as a senior investment banker.

Throughout his career, he has successfully completed more than 140 corporate finance and capital markets transactions. He has marketed to issuers, and/or executed, capital markets offerings across 30 jurisdictions.

He writes and works as an independent consultant in Hong Kong and contributes regular columns to Dow Jones Banking Intelligence and the South China Morning Post. His articles have also been published in The Wall Street Journal and many other publications and he has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, BBC News, and Hong Kong's RTHK radio.

Please visit Philippe's blog and website at

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on April 18, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
In this comprehensive and thorough book, Mr Espinasse has distilled the IPO process into a practical guide that will help newcomers and experienced market practitioners alike. Other books dealing with this subject are either too academic or too general - "IPO: A Global Guide" hits the right balance between these two extremes and is a valuable resource - I would recommend it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jarjar on May 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I met Philippe at his book signing ceremony in Hong Kong in April, 2011, and ended up having a good chat with him afterwards. Philippe had been a veteran investment banker with deep knowledge of the IPO process. I recommend his book with enthusiasm! Edward Chin, Hedge Fund Manager & contributing columnist at the Hong Kong Economic Journal
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