Going public through the backdoor


The process by which a company comes to have publicly traded shares without an IPO. This could happen through a reverse shell merger, or through acquisition of a public company and offering shares to previous owners. Another way is through a series of private placements, selling shares on an exchange to institutional and other sophisticated investors.

Investing Essentials

Copyright © 2011 Campbell R. Harvey, Professor of Finance, Fuqua School of Business at Duke University

Term of the Day

Portfolio opportunity set

The expected return/standard deviation pairs of all portfolios that can be constructed from a given set of assets.

Subscribe to the Term of the Day via email Get the Term of the Day in your inbox!

Create your free portfolio