1. Uber, Lyft, China and More — Top Tech Investment Bankers Share Their Biggest Hopes and Fears for IPOs in 2019

    Uber, Lyft, China and More — Top Tech Investment Bankers Share Their Biggest Hopes and Fears for IPOs in 2019
    • Market volatility at the end of 2018 put a pause on the IPO pipeline, but tech investment bankers expect the deals to flow at the turn of the calendar year.
    • With a long list of marquee names like Uber and Lyft, IPOs in 2019 could set new records in terms of valuation and exits for Silicon Valley venture capitalists.
    • But VCs aren't the only ones set to win. Bankers expect to see private equity firms try their hands at tapping the public markets, as well...
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    1. I don't think we're seeing people change their plans in light of the volatility at the moment.
    2. There's no doubt we're going to have a very busy March, April and May, and that's going to set the stage for the remainder of the year.
    3. At this point, anyone who can file confidentially will file confidentially.
    4. We had a long period of companies staying private longer, and the birth of a generation of unicorns, and that has accelerated this year when people thought it might be leveling off.
    5. Many of these companies could have executed an IPO a year or two earlier. When they do come to list they will be well capitalized.
    6. There is still a lot of backlog in software.
    7. There's probably 10 to 20 private-equity-backed software companies that have to come out over the next 24 months.
    8. If you talk to any of the big Chinese growth companies, the majority want to list in the US.
    9. There's all of the political implications of trade negotiations and trade conversations and how that ebbs and flow.
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