This section highlights common accounting issues addressed in preparing financial statements for inclusion in an IPO registration statement. While some of the guidance may be directly applicable, some of it may be applied to IPO registration statements by analogy, may be complex, and may require significant judgment. Understanding the structure and substance of the transactions to effect the IPO is critical to making sound and reasonable judgments. During its comment process, the SEC staff will frequently ask management to explain the basis for those judgments, alternatives considered, and why the information provided to the user is representationally faithful. For additional observations related to frequently issued SEC staff comments, see Deloitte’s Roadmap SEC Comment Letter Considerations, Including Industry Insights.
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