PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 6 2004 – LAWFUEL – First for law firm, legal …

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 6 2004 – LAWFUEL – First for law firm, legal & attorney news — Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, the premier provider of legal services to technology and growth enterprises worldwide, today announced the publication of the fifth edition of the IPO Guide. The firm partnered with well-known document services company
Merrill Corporation to produce the guide, which was written by Partners Steven
E. Bochner and Eric John Finseth, both specialists in corporate and securities
law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Concise and accessible, designed for CEOs, CFOs, and corporate directors,
the 77-page book has been revised to address the impact of recent corporate
governance and disclosure reforms throughout the initial public offering
planning and execution process. Topics include the typical IPO timeline, an
overview of the steps involved in planning and carrying out an initial public
offering, and the major disclosure and governance obligations of public
companies. The book also addresses such recent developments as the new Form 8-
K real-time disclosure rules and SEC proposals that would affect its gun-
jumping rules. The IPO Guide addresses the IPO process for foreign private
issuers as well as American companies, making the book useful for the
international marketplace. The guide will be published in Chinese in the
coming months.

“We have attempted to make the guide practical and approachable for the
non-lawyer,” said Bochner. “Understanding the public offering process is
essential to making more timely and better-informed business decisions leading
up to and during the initial public offering.”

Added Finseth, “The governance and disclosure reforms of the past two
years have had tremendous significance for public companies in the United
States. These reforms are discussed in an integrated manner throughout the
book in order to address their impact on the IPO process, including a
company’s internal accounting controls, board composition, and many other

A copy of the IPO Guide is available from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
or Merrill Corporation. In addition, you can download a copy at

About Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s broad range of services and legal
disciplines are focused on serving the principal challenges faced by the
management and boards of directors of business enterprises. The firm is
nationally recognized as a leader in corporate governance, public and private
offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, securities
class action litigation, intellectual property litigation, joint ventures and
strategic alliances, and technology licensing and other intellectual property
transactions. The firm, which is headquartered in Palo Alto, California, has
offices in Austin, New York, Reston, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco,
and Seattle. For additional information, please visit

About Merrill Corporation

Merrill Corporation is a diversified communications and document services
company applying advanced information systems and intranet/Internet technology
to provide a wide range of services to its financial, legal, and corporate
clients. Merrill’s services integrate traditional composition, imaging, and
printing services with online document management, distribution, and
collaborative solutions. This integrated approach helps streamline the
preparation and distribution of business-to-business communication materials.
Merrill Corporation serves its domestic clients through 45 offices in 33
cities throughout the United States. Its international clients are served
through client service centers in London, Paris, and Frankfurt, as well as a
joint venture with Quebecor World in Canada and other affiliate relationships
in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. To learn more, please visit

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