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from Paul Smalera:

February 2, 2012

Facebook shouldn't pay its users. Its users should pay to own Facebook.

“Facebook was not originally created to be a company,” founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his letter to investors announcing the IPO of his already hugely successful and profitable company. “It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected.”

from Breakingviews:

Skype looks like Silicon Valley’s best IPO hope

March 15, 2010

Skype looks like Silicon Valley's best hope for a blockbuster initial stock offering in 2010. With Facebook determined to stay private until next year, the former eBay orphan could steal the scene with a quick flip. Moreover, as a result of clarifying copyright issues and rewriting its code to attack the business market, the company may be worth twice its $2.75 billion price tag when eBay sold all but 30 percent of its stake last year.

from Breakingviews:

Russian IPO rush means investors can be choosy

February 2, 2010

Russian initial public offerings are set for a comeback. Some $20 billion of Russian share sales are forecast this year, including dozens of IPOs. With plenty of options, investors should be able to drive a hard bargain.

from Breakingviews:

First Shanghai IPO of 2010 is an encouraging flop

By Wei Gu
January 28, 2010

Shanghai has had its first new issues disaster. XD Electric fell 1.4 percent on its first day of trading. That might not sound so bad, until you consider that Chinese initial public offerings in the last six months rose an average 80 percent on their first day. It might be a welcome sign that China's stock market investors are become more discerning.

from Commentaries:

Chocolate-coated IPO to tempt Dubai investors?

August 10, 2009

Chocolate CamelsListings in Dubai have been few and far between -- despite the best efforts of the emirate's rulers to encourage foreign companies to float there.

from Commentaries:

Killing two birds with a partial IPO

August 6, 2009

SPORTS YACHTINGBanks and insurers are looking for ways to bolster their capital, while having the flexibility to strike if there are acquisitions to be had on the cheap. To achieve these twin goals, Spain's Santander and now British insurer Aviva intend to float minority stakes in subsidiaries.

from The Great Debate:

The death and resurrection of the tech IPO

May 1, 2009

ericauchard1-- Eric Auchard is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

The U.S. venture capital industry is desperate to repair the market for initial public stock offerings, but reviving the goose that once laid hundreds of golden eggs may not get very far.

from The Great Debate:

Look to deal numbers for M&A green shoots

April 23, 2009

Alex Smith-GreatDebate

-- Alexander Smith is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --