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Sarbanes Oxley and the Travails of being a Small Cap Public Company


Code : GOV0010

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Industry : General Business

Region : USA

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The Costs of Going Public in US Privately-held companies whose owners seek to raise investment funds and/or take their outfits public face a challenge _ an immediate one due to SOx and other regulations. SOx demand for the appointment of independent auditors. This requirement cannot bemet very easily as independent accountants need to be retained for at least a two years prior to any initial public offering (IPO)...

The Cost of Staying Public in the Era of Sarbanes-Oxley JackWynn, president of the National Small Public Company Leadership Council, said, “In Congress’ passion to do something about Enron-like situations, once again small businesses got financially hammered.”11 According to a survey of 32 midsized companies by the law firm Foley & Lardner, directors’ fees doubled. According to the same survey, the average cost of being a public company with annual revenues under $1 billion has increased by 130%, or $1.6 mn, since the adoption of SOx in July 2002...

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