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The Westwicke Blog is designed to deliver information and insights into the ever-changing world of investor relations and the capital markets, with a specific focus on the healthcare industry.

Avoiding Missteps That Can Derail Your IPO

Posted on May 31st, 2018. Posted by

Avoiding Missteps That Can Derail Your IPO

An initial public offering marks an important milestone in a company’s journey — a positive one, assuming the process is meticulously designed and implemented. Errors in planning and communication, however, can turn a vital Wall Street debut into a credibility-damaging flop.

Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of examples of IPOs gone wrong. One case of fairly recent vintage: meal-kit delivery service Blue Apron.

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Top 10 Credibility Busters

Posted on May 9th, 2018. Posted by

Top 10 Credibility Busters

Establishing credibility in the investor community is key to your company’s success. Delivering a simple story, consistent metrics, and financial transparency are all ways to build relationships with your company’s stakeholders. But even one minor mistake can put a chip in your reputation. What are the credibility busters you should avoid that could negatively shape investor perception? Here are the top 10 things you should work hard to avoid.

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7 Signs Your Company Isn’t Ready for an IPO

Posted on February 21st, 2018. Posted by

7 Signs Your Company Isn't Ready for an IPO

Making the jump from private to public markets can be an exciting endeavor, but you have to make sure your company is in the right position or you risk damaging your credibility on the Street. So how will you know when you’re ready? We’ve compiled a list of seven red flags to look out for that mean you’re not quite there. Remember, an IPO takes time and it pays to do your due diligence.

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Top Takeaways From 2018’s J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

Posted on January 30th, 2018. Posted by

As head of business development for Westwicke Partners, I always look forward to a jam-packed, action-filled week of conversations. This year did not disappoint.

With almost 50 meetings scheduled, I had the pleasure of meeting with many compelling private and public healthcare companies. And there was no shortage of innovation, grit, and creativity this year. I found many management teams determined to advance their science, technology, and businesses in 2018.

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Expecting Disappointing News? 6 Tips for Managing Disclosure

Posted on January 5th, 2018. Posted by

Managing Disclosure Crowd-Sourced

The last thing any company wants is disappointing news. But it’s more than likely that your company will experience a bump in the road from time to time. Don’t let the prospect of delivering bad news rattle you. Even the best managed companies can experience a “miss.”

How you communicate that miss can have a lasting impact. Thorough preparation and a well thought out action plan is the best way to ensure things go smoothly. I asked a few of my colleagues to share their advice for the best way to deliver bad news. Here’s what they said:

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10 Investor Relations Best Practices

Posted on December 14th, 2017. Posted by

10 Investor Relations Best Practices

Shareholders, investors, and analysts all have a unique set expectations and a well-thought-out investor relations strategy can help you balance these demands. Executing a successful strategy is essential to your company’s appeal and can help build credibility with Wall Street. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things you can do to drive your investor relations strategy and keep investors engaged in your company’s story.

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10 Ways to Prep for the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

Posted on November 15th, 2017. Posted by

10 Ways to Prep for the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference

It’s time to start planning for the biggest healthcare investment conference of the year. For four days, investors, bankers, analysts, and business executives will be at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, from Monday January 8, 2018 through Thursday January 11, 2018, amid back-to-back sessions, corporate pitches, and networking events. From getting organized to figuring out how to maximize meeting time, it’s important to lock down your company’s approach so you can navigate the chaos with ease. Here is a checklist to help you prepare for the J.P. Morgan conference so that you make sure your time spent is a success.

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Are There Reasons for Optimism in the Healthcare IPO Market?

Posted on July 12th, 2017. Posted by

Are There Reasons for Optimism in the Healthcare IPO Market?

At Westwicke Partners, we’re often asked for our opinion on the state of the market for new public offerings. And the sad truth is that for all but a fortunate few, the IPO window has been shut tight for more than a year.

But the IPO market, like all markets, is cyclical. This bearish view of new public offerings will eventually turn, just as it has many times before.

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Five Don’ts for an Investor Meeting Over Lunch

Posted on June 14th, 2017. Posted by

Five Don’ts for an Investor Meeting Over Lunch

A lunch meeting with an investor provides the opportunity to interact in a more relaxed atmosphere than what you’ll find in typical investor meetings. It’s a chance to build rapport and get to know the investor better. It’s also a nice opportunity to strengthen your investment thesis by providing color and anecdotes supporting your strategic initiatives.

But just because it’s not a conventional business meeting doesn’t mean it’s risk-free. On the contrary, whether it’s with a potential new investor or an update with an existing investor, these informal situations include plenty of opportunities to make costly mistakes.

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What to Do When An Investor Meeting Goes Awry

Posted on March 22nd, 2017. Posted by

What to Do When An Investor Meeting Goes Awry

Throughout my 23 years as an institutional salesperson, I had the pleasure to host many interesting and successful investor meetings.

Very few of those meetings went badly, because I always made a point to educate the companies I was traveling with in advance of the meeting. My goal was to make sure the management team had a complete background on the investor they were meeting and a deep understanding of that investor’s investment process and philosophy. I even tried to ensure that the management team knew about any investor’s personality quirks so they would not get thrown off their game during the meeting. Investors can sometimes try to intentionally rattle management teams in order to get them to say things they were not planning to say.

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