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- The Law and Economics of the Going-Public Decision
- IPO Regulators Gone Wild
- Determinants of Variation in IPO Underpricing
- IPO Valuation: The International Evidence
- Survey and Synthesis of the IPO Underpricing Literature: The Fixed-Offer Price Constraint as a Unifying Core Explanation
- IPO Market Conditions and Timing over the Long Run
- The Interplay of IPO and M&A Markets: The Many Ways That One Affects the Other
- Lower Visibility Platforms Serving as Stepping Stones to National Stock Exchanges: The Case of Shell Reverse Mergers
- Going Public in China: Reverse Mergers versus IPOs on Chinese Markets
- Specified Purpose Acquisition Company IPOs
- The Impact of IPOs’ Analyst Coverage on the Choice and Timing of SEOs: A Survival Analysis
- Auditor Selection and IPO Underpricing
- The Structure and Role of the Underwriting Syndicate
- Venture Capital and Financial Reporting in Newly Public Firms
- The Dark Side of Venture Capital Syndication and IPO Firm Performance: The Impact of Different Institutional Environments
- All Ties Are Not Created Equal: Institutional Equity Ties, IPO Performance, and Market Growth of New Ventures
- Is Exchange Regulation Effective for Junior Public Equity Markets?
- Corporate Governance in European IPOs
- Survival of Initial Public Offerings on Europe’s New Stock Markets
- Initial Public Offerings in Germany between 1997 and 2015
- The Underpricing of Initial Public Offerings and Private Placements of Equity in China
- IPOs in New Zealand: An Analysis of Benchmark-Adjusted Performance
- Initial Public Offerings in Hong Kong
- The Admission and Regulation of Overseas Issuers: A Survey of the Top Four Financial Centers
- IPOs in a Major Emerging Market Economy—India
- Private Capital Marketplaces and IPOs
- Crowdfunding: Business and Regulatory Perspective
- Regulatory Arbitrage in Cross-Border Crowdfunding
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This chapter focuses on the selection of an audit firm by UK initial public offering (IPO) firms. It documents that many IPO firms switch to an audit firm in a different segment (big, midsize, or small), which suggests that IPO firms carefully select an audit firm of a particular quality level before they go public. It examines whether the selection of an auditor by IPO firms is driven by the demand for certification or insurance. The authors find that IPO firms are more likely to choose a high-quality auditor when the uncertainty of the firm’s future prospects is higher and they want to signal quality (certification driven by signaling). In addition, they find that firms with riskier IPO offerings select higher-quality auditors, in line with the insurance hypothesis. They find mixed results for the certification hypotheses when testing for the effect of auditor reputation on initial returns.
Miriam Koning is Assistant Professor at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
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