IPO Readiness: Failing to Prepare Means Preparing to Fail

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 1:00 PM ET

When preparing for an IPO, there is a variety of factors a company and its financial and legal advisers must consider. An IPO can bolster a company’s financial strength, accelerate financial growth and lead to greater talent attraction and retention. But going public also brings to the table various new requirements for financial reporting, accounting, internal controls and adds new levels of transparency and scrutiny. In preparing for an IPO, a company must navigate making changes throughout its business, from its organization to its corporate culture. Will an IPO enable your business to grow more quickly and efficiently? Will your organizational model prove resilient and defensible? Join us December 6 when The Deal will team up with Grant Thornton for a live webcast analysis of these questions and more.



Tom Terrarosa
Senior, Reporter
The Deal

Tom Terrarosa covers the energy and industrial sectors for TheStreet and its institutional arm The Deal, focusing on M&A and private equity, as well as large-cap stocks. Prior to joining The Deal, Tom was a regional digital producer with Gannett, where his primary responsibilities included editing and optimizing content for the company’s six New Jersey newspapers and five affiliated websites. He also has worked as a local news reporter with The Dominion Post in Morgantown, W.Va. Tom received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from West Virginia University.

Expert Panel


Robin Feiner
Winston & Straw

Robin Feiner concentrates her practice in securities and capital markets. She represents issuers, investment banks, and sponsors on equity transactions, particularly IPOs, follow-ons, and block trades. She also advises public and private company clients on general securities and corporate matters, including the JOBS Act, SEC disclosure and compliance, investor relations and corporate governance.During her more than 20-year career at leading global law firms and bulge-bracket investment banks, Robin has advised on over 100 IPOs across a broad range of sectors, including industrials, consumer and retail, financial services, energy and power, real estate, technology, and health care. She is recognized as being “terrific with clients” by Legal 500 USA.Prior to joining Winston, Robin spent 11 years in increasingly senior ECM banker positions at Citigroup Global Markets and UBS Investment Bank, as well as 10 years a capital markets attorney.

Jason Pizza
Managing Director
Grant Thornton

Jason Pizza, Managing Director, leads Grant Thornton’s Transaction Accounting Services practice which assists clients with carve-out financial statements and audit support, purchase accounting, IPO readiness and other U.S. GAAP, IFRS and SEC accounting support for transactions. With almost twenty years of experience, he helps large and mid-market clients in preparing to go public, the preparation and support of U.S. GAAP / SEC compliant financial statements as well as additional deal support - including purchase accounting / opening balance sheet preparation and separation services. Before joining Grant Thornton, Jason worked both in industry as a Corporate Controller and Director of Technical Accounting and Financial Reporting for two large publicly held companies, and was with a Transaction Accounting Services practice of a Big 4 accounting firm for several years.

West Riggs
Managing Director, Head of Financial Services, Tech & Services, & REITS Equity Capital Markets, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

J. West Riggs joined SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in 2013 as a Managing Director. West currently heads up the ECM efforts for the Technology & Services, FIG and REIT Investment Banking Groups. West has more than 20 years of investment banking experience and has been focused across Equity Capital Markets for the entirety of his career. West has been involved in over 300 financing transactions, including IPOs, follow-ons, PIPEs, convertible debt and high-yield offerings. Prior to joining STRH, West served as the Head of Asia Equity Capital Markets for Piper Jaffray. West’s prior experience also includes serving as a Director with Wachovia Securities’ Equity Capital Markets group, where he spent nine years focused on equity and high yield capital markets, and serving in the Equity Capital Markets group at Merrill Lynch and Alex. Brown & Sons. West holds an MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of Charleston.Additionally, West serves on the Board of Directors of Nantucket Community Sailing, the Board of Governors for The Nantucket Yacht Club and was the founder of The Associates of The Nantucket Conservation Foundation.