IPO Stories podcast

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An IPO is an important milestone for a company and its shareholders, and it has long-term business, human & financial implications. Our purpose is to demystify the IPO process by leveraging the personal experience of company executives, advisors, and other stakeholders. In IPO Stories we interview executives, founders, advisors and investors who share their experience of the IPO process.

The podcast is hosted by Gautier Rousseau and Per Einar Ellefsen, the founders of Amundsen Investment Management.

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Middle Eastern IPOs – Wassim Al Khatib (IPO Stories, Ep. 19)

Middle Eastern equity capital markets have captured investors' attention the last 2 years, as the only truly active IPO market in the world throughout 2022 and 2023 - with close to 50 IPOs listing each of those years. To learn more about GCC equity markets, we are joined by Wassim Al Khatib, the CEO of Lazard in MENA. Lazard is an independent financial adviser, advising companies and their owners on all aspects of corporate finance, including organizing the IPO process. Before Lazard, Wassim...

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Equity indices and IPOs – Mark Makepeace (IPO Stories, Ep. 18)

When a company becomes listed, index inclusion is a big deal. Beyond the stamp of approval, it brings in new passive investors, more liquidity, and ultimately more stability as a listed company. Yet, index inclusion rules are very technical, and not always easy to understand. To open up the topic of equity indices, we have invited Mark Makepeace, the CEO of Wilshire Indexes. Mark built up and managed FTSE Russell from a small group that produced the UK equity benchmark FTSE 100, to one of the...

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The direct listing of Wise – Matt Briers (IPO Stories, Ep. 17)

Matt Briers has been the CFO of Wise since 2015. In 2021, he led the company to a direct listing on the London Stock Exchange, the first major direct listing in Europe. Wise, founded in the UK in 2011, has revolutionized cross-border payments for individuals and businesses by making them easier, faster and cheaper. After 10 years as a private company, Wise followed in the footsteps of Spotify and Slack by doing a direct listing instead of a regular IPO, at a valuation of $11 billion. Matt and...

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The role of equity research in an IPO – Erik Salz (IPO Stories, Ep. 16)

Erik Salz has more than 15 years experience in equity research, most recently as an equity analyst at JP Morgan, where he particularly focused on IPO research and multi-industry coverage. During that time, he has been involved in more than 60 IPO projects.  With Erik, we wanted to get a better understanding of how sell-side analysts perform their work in relation to an IPO, how it relates to the coverage post-listing, and the lessons he has learned about how to engage with analysts and...

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Investor Relations during and after the IPO – Julia Stoetzel (IPO Stories, Ep. 15)

Julia Stoetzel is the founder of Junicorn, an Investor Relations consultancy based in Germany, and host of the podcast Street Tweets. We first met Julia when she was Investor Relations director at DeliveryHero, and then 3 years later when she headed Investor Relations at About You, a Germany ecommerce company, during its IPO in 2021. With Julia, we discuss her experience in Investor Relations, the importance of having an IR strategy during the IPO process, how to understand which investors you...

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ESG, from Private to Public – Giovanni Aquaro (IPO Stories, Ep. 14)

ERM is the largest pure-play sustainability consultancy globally, with 8,000 consultants assisting companies with defining and implementing their sustainability strategies. ERM works with both the largest listed companies, as well as private companies and investors. Giovanni Aquaro is a Partner at ERM, and works with private companies seeking to bridge the gap in ESG disclosure between private and public. With Giovanni, we discuss how companies should deal with the difference between ESG...

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European IPOs on Euronext – Stephane Boujnah (IPO Stories, Ep. 13)

Stéphane Boujnah is the CEO of Euronext, the largest European stock exchange, managing the bourses of Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Lisbon, Oslo, Paris and Milan.  Stephane has been the CEO for the last 8 years, leading an M&A drive that saw the company acquiring and integrating the Irish stock exchange in 2018, Oslo stock exchange in 2019 and Borsa Italiana in 2021. With Stéphane, we go back to the origins of stock markets to discuss why they are the natural home for ambitious growth...

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Industrie De Nora – Paolo Dellachà (IPO Stories, Ep. 12)

Paolo Dellachà is the CEO of Industrie De Nora, an Italian industrial company with global presence. It is the world’s leading supplier of electrodes for all major electrochemical processes – and have recently seen tremendous growth in applications for green hydrogen production. 📜 After almost 100 years as a private family-owned company, De Nora listed on Euronext Milan in June 2022, in a €500mn transaction. Before that, the company had welcomed Blackstone and Snam S.p.A. as minority investors...

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Financing the energy transition at EDPR – Miguel Stilwell d’Andrade (IPO Stories, Ep. 11)

Miguel Stilwell d'Andrade is the CEO of EDP, a Portuguese utility with a global footprint. In 2008, EDP listed its subsidiary EDP Renewables, one of the world's leading renewable energy developers and operators. EDPR is the world's 4th largest wind energy producer, with 15 GW of installed renewable energy capacity, and a very ambitious growth plan to develop 4GW of capacity per year.EDPR listed in 2008, raising €1.6bn just before the global financial crisis, and recently came back to the...

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DeliveryHero – Emmanuel Thomassin (IPO Stories, Ep. 10)

Emmanuel Thomassin is the CFO of Delivey Hero, one of the world's leading online food delivery platforms. He has been the CFO since 2014 and led the company through its successful €1bn IPO on the Frankfurt stock exchange in 2017. Since then, Delivery Hero have continued leading the charge in food delivery globally, using the listing as a catalyst to fund important acquisitions and continue growing the organization. With Emmanuel, we discuss important elements surrounding the IPO process from...

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What no one tells you about your IPO – Laurence Borde (IPO Stories, Ep. 9)

Laurence Borde is the founder of Mediatree, an agency specializing in accompanying companies in the preparation and implementation of the IPO roadshow: coaching management ahead of the IPO, investor marketing, and accompanying them through the IPO roadshow. Behind the scenes, Mediatree has been involved in IPOs as diverse as Enel Group in Italy, Burberry in the UK, Telstra in Australia, Citic group in China, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. in Japan over the last 25 years. With Laurence, we...

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Private Equity IPOs at EQT – Magnus Tornling (IPO Stories, Ep. 8)

EQT - started in Sweden in 1994, is one of the world's largest #privateequity fund managers. They are also a regular #IPO sponsor, particularly in #Europe but increasingly globally as well. Some of their recent #IPOs: Azelis in 🇧🇪 , Musti Group in Finland 🇫🇮 and AutoStore™ in Norway 🇳🇴 . And of course, the IPO of their own GP in 2019. Magnus Tornling joined EQT in 2016 and has managed all their IPO processes since then -...

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Privatizing Française des Jeux – Claire Vernet-Garnier (IPO Stories, Ep. 7)

Française des Jeux, coming out of state ownership, was one of the largest and most successful IPOs in Europe over the last 5 years, raising $2bn for the French state and helping revive retail interest in IPOs. With Claire Vernet-Garnier, who was Head of the Finance Division at the French Government Shareholding Agency (APE) at the time, we go through the important choices around this successful IPO, and the characteristics of the government as a long-term shareholder in public markets. 🎧Listen...

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Europe’s listing miasma – Craig Coben (IPO Stories, Ep. 6)

Why is there so little innovation in the IPO process? How has the investor landscape changed over the last decades, and how can companies get institutional investors engaged in their IPOs? Craig Coben was until recently Bank of America's Global Head of Equity Capital Markets, and for many years the bank's Head of EMEA Equity Capital Markets. We draw on his 30 years' experience advising companies on their IPOs, follow-on offerings and rights issues, to try to find some avenues to reform the IPO...

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ESG in IPOs – Marie Freier (IPO Stories, Ep. 5)

ESG investing is becoming increasingly important, both in terms of fund flows and integration in investment decisions. The disclosure requirements for private and public companies are not the same, making the IPO a crucial milestone regarding ESG, in addition to the traditional financial aspects. Marie Freier is Global Co-Head of Sustainable Investment Banking at Barclays, where she provides advisory services for companies on their sustainability journey. She shares with us her views on the...

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Private Equity IPOs at KKR – Eric Han (IPO Stories, Ep. 4)

KKR is one of the world’s largest private equity firms, and also one of the most active private equity sponsors of IPOs, with 3-4 IPOs per year globally. In Europe, they have listed 6 companies over the last 5 years: Trainline, Calisen, Hensoldt, SoftwareOne, Darktrace, and OVHCloud. Eric Han is a Principal within KKR’s Capital Markets team in New York, and has managed all these IPOs from KKR’s side. He shares with us how KKR approaches their IPOs globally, including IPO readiness, listing...

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Family-owned company IPOs – Annika Sigfrid (IPO Stories, Ep. 3)

Annika Sigfrid has been at the center of more IPOs than most of us will ever be. She has 25 years' experience in Equity Capital Markets transactions. In her last role she was Global Head of ECM at Nordea, a leading Nordic investment bank. She is now an independent adviser and board member, working with companies on their governance and preparation of their IPOs. With Annika we go deeper into the topic of IPOs of family-owned companies, which take a significant step as they decide to become...

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OVHCloud – Yann Leca (IPO Stories, Ep. 2)

Yann Leca was the CFO of OVHCloud, a cloud computing company, from 2019 to 2022 and led the company to its IPO in October 2021 - one of the largest and most succesful tech IPOs in Europe in 2021. OVHCloud, founded by Octava Klaba more than 20 years ago, is both founder-led and with two strong private equity backers, KKR and Towerbrook. Yann shares his experience defining the strategy of the company and preparing the company for a successful listing - as well as the early life of a newly listed...

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Exclusive Networks – Jesper Trolle (IPO Stories, Ep. 1)

In this episode, we discuss the IPO of Exclusive Networks, a global distributor of cybersecurity solutions, with Jesper Trolle, its CEO since September 2020. Jesper was hired to join Exclusive in the middle of covid-19, and led the company to its successful IPO on Euronext Paris a year after joining.Exclusive Networks was owned by Permira’s private equity fund before the IPO, and we discuss the process of listing a tech company backed by a PE sponsor, the choice of listing location, the impact...

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