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Facebook, Capital and Liquidity

There have been many stories written about the Goldman Sachs investment in Facebook. On one hand, there is the chatter about the investment placing the valuation at $50 billion. On the other, there hand there is the talk about how this affects a possible IPO by Facebook. There are two main reasons...

eToys and the Rigged IPO Game

Joe Nocera in the Times last Sunday unearthed some Goldman emails about the eToys IPO from the dotcom era. eToys raised $164 million in a 1999 IPO and then subsequently failed. The story is familiar by now. The IPO was underpriced and Goldman spun shares off to preferred clients. After the company...

Twitter Files Confidentially for IPO

Social media company Twitter has filed a registration statement with the SEC to go public in an IPO. They told the world about it, of course, in a tweet. What’s interesting is that the company, with over 200 million users, chose to file confidentially for now, not revealing any details about the...

Risky Business: More IPOs Could Lead to More Litigation

Few public entertainers have topped the showmanship of Jean François Gravelet-Blondin. The 19th-century French tightrope walker and acrobat was famous for many astounding feats, including crossing Niagara Falls numerous times—while blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow, on stilts and even carrying...