An IPO, or initial public offering, is a process of a company moving from private ownership (owned by its founders, financial backers and employees) to a public company, popularly referred to as going public. When a company is public, its shares are listed on a share market for anyone (i.e the public) to buy and sell.

During an IPO, a company creates new shares to sell in order to raise money. These shares are typically sold to a select group of institutional investors - this access has historically been one of the advantages institutions have over everyday investors. The good news is that investing platforms like Hatch are working hard to level the playing field - in a New Zealand first, Hatch now makes it possible for Kiwis to participate in IPOs too.

How IPOs work

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How does an IPO work?

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Are you IPO prepared?

What are the risks of investing in an IPO?

How to participate in IPOs with Hatch

How do I participate in IPOs with Hatch?

How is IPO participation different to other IPOs on Hatch?

How will the first IPO be different to future IPOs on Hatch?

What if Hatch runs out of IPO shares?

Who can’t participate in IPOs with Hatch?

Are IPO share requests available for Trust accounts?

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