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Success in the Form of an IPO: A Brief Case Study of A123 Systems, Inc.
Volume 6, Issue 4

Michael Coke, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.

A123 Systems recently had an initial public offering. After A123 Systems’ initial filing of a registration statement in August 2008 for an IPO, the financial markets effectively collapsed in the fall of 2008. A123 Systems faced an interesting and volatile year as it waited out the stabilization and improvement of the IPO market and the economy in general, all while growing in size and business, attracting more financing, being approved for government grants and watching some of its primary potential and current customers in the auto industry face massive restructurings. By September 29, 2009, A123 Systems successfully completed its IPO with aggregate proceeds of approximately $438 million. This article discusses the company and recent developments leading to its IPO.

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