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Global overview

Joshua Ford Bonnie and Kevin P Kennedy

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Thursday 09 August 2018

According to a study by Ernst & Young LLP, 2017 was the most active year in the global IPO markets since 2007. The year saw US$188.8 billion in IPO proceeds raised globally in 1,624 transactions, an increase from 2016 of 40 per cent and 49 per cent, respectively. While typically a slower quarter, the first quarter of 2018 built on the momentum of 2017 by producing 287 IPOs raising US$42.8 billion in global IPO proceeds. Notably, the first quarter of 2018 saw six IPOs with proceeds greater than US$1.0 billion, compared to two such ‘megadeals’ during the same period in 2017.

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