How to choose the best financial printer for an IPO

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A key driver to a successful IPO is the assembling of the best working team. Within that working team, the financial printer plays a pivotal role. Wondering what the financial printer is? They handle the production of registration statements and prospectuses, and there are three main qualities that should be assessed to select the best financial printer: their IPO experience, confidentiality and translation capabilities.

The number of successful IPO listings is a good indicator of a financial printer’s experience with supporting IPOs. The more seasoned a financial printer is in handling different types of IPO transactions, the more likely it can manage the different circumstances that a dynamic business environment can give rise to.

Deep IPO filing expertise really can make a difference

Having experience also means that a financial printer can better manage the relationships with other parties. As we mentioned before, undertaking an IPO involves many different working parties. Therefore, to maximize the likelihood of a successful IPO application, the financial printer of your choice needs to be able to cater to the needs and wants of all involved parties.

Confidentiality: Better safe than sorry

The second quality that you should consider when choosing a financial printer is the level of security and confidentiality that it offers. A lot of material information relating to an IPO is consolidated by the financial printer, hence ensuring that your financial printer can maintain a high level of confidentiality is vital. In order to do this, you should seek out printers that are appropriately certified, such as those who possess the ISO27001, Certification of Information Security Management System.

Translation capabilities of financial printers

Last but not least is the financial printer’s translation capability. This requirement has been increasingly more important in recent years. For prospectuses, English is no doubt imperative but Chinese has become more relevant than ever due to the growing number of Chinese companies seeking to be listed in Hong Kong. Prompt and quality translation is critical so that information can be conveyed clearly in order for investors of all backgrounds to share the same vision.

A strong indicator of a financial printer’s translation capability is the number of translators they have in-house as this often determines their capacity and ability to handle new projects. Another effective way to determine a printer’s translation skill is to request a translation glossary for a specific industry. This list of English and translated Chinese terms will show the printer’s experience relevant to the industry and quality of their work.

Choosing the right financial printer for your IPO

A good financial printer is integral to the successful listing of a company. It is important to assess each option with prudence and care in order to achieve the outcome envisioned. Toppan Merrill is a full-service SEC filing agent and financial printer supporting every type of need the IPO requires, with decades of experience and the capacity to handle thousands of SEC filings annually. For more information, visit You may also reach us via [email protected] or 800.688.4400.

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