Bloomberg Law
March 19, 2020, 9:37 AM

ANALYSIS: Virus Triples the Pain for IPOs & At-Risk Options

Preston Brewer
Preston Brewer
Legal Analyst

The squeeze is on for companies that had planned to go public in 2020—and for the employees who work for them. Covid-19 is giving pre-IPO companies good reason to stay private longer, meaning that there are three notable impacts: First, companies lose new financing; second, employees can’t cash out; and, in at least one instance, employees may lose their stock options altogether.

Per Reuters, companies such as Cole Haan, Warner Music Group, and J Crew spinoff Madewell have already announced they are delaying their public stock offerings; more postponements are likely. For long-running startups like Airbnb ...

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