The MZ Group (the “Company”), the world’s largest independent global investor relations, governance and integrated corporate communications firm, announced today that it has launched LEAD as a new subsidiary aimed at enhancing its tailored services for corporate fiduciaries. LEAD has expanded its services to China and North American based companies engaged in the initial public offering (“IPO”) process. LEAD was founded in 2003 and provides governance and preparatory services for companies pursuing the public markets.
“Strong demand for integrated technology and governance services focused on board fiduciaries has led the Company to launch LEAD as a majority owned subsidiary so that it can properly prioritize MZ Group’s resources while enhancing vertical applications and overall content. We are also pleased to announce that LEAD services are now offered globally through our offices located in Asia, Latin America and the United States,” stated Rodolfo Zabisky, Chairman of the Board of MZ Group and interim CEO of LEAD.
MZ Group has converged its investor relations, integrated corporate communications and corporate governance services under one umbrella resulting in state-of-the-art services for companies preparing for the public and capital markets. A task force has been established directly under the MZ Group's Chairman, Rodolfo Zabisky, to facilitate M&A activity for MZ Group, marketing, capture of synergies and corporate integration.
LEAD’s branded pre-IPO and APO services,“IPO/APO Journey”, provides advisory services and specialized resources to help companies implement all the key processes. This hands-on positioning enables entrepreneurs and clients’ management teams to remain focused on their businesses during the preparation process, until the investment banks and legal consultants are hired. The activities involved in the IPO/APO journey include:
• Development of business plans, ratification (or rectification) of strategic positioning, investment story, integrated communication program and valuation testing;
• Creation of an internal organization that meets the market's demands and includes all basic processes related to corporate governance, information disclosure systems (board portal, corporate website, investor relations website and online pressroom), review of financial statements and corporate restructuring;
• Monitoring of windows of opportunity in the market and advisory services to support decision-making processes; and
• Drafting of the offering prospectus, conducting the registration process at the local regulators, development of roadshow presentations, coaching of executives to interact with investors, coordination of the data room with contracts and other due diligence documents, and support for contracting banks to lead the IPO/APO operation.
In addition, LEAD recently launched its portals for boards (boardvantage.com) and shareholders (investorvantage.com), a co-development with BoardVantage (“BV”), which will revolutionize risk management and value monitoring platforms. BV is a web-based portal for board members with over 400 U.S. companies, including 50 of the Fortune 100 and all major U.S. banks, as its clients. BoardVantage recently launched its third generation platform which now includes the board book, approval processes and collaboration tools for facilitating interaction among board members and executives in its highly secure environment.
For more information please access: lead-fin.com/.
About MZ Group
MZ Group (groupmz.com) is a multinational company and the world’s largest independent global investor relations, governance and integrated corporate communications firm. Established in 1999, MZ Group focuses on innovation and customized client service with its unique one-stop-shop business model. With offices in Beijing, Chicago, Hong Kong, New York, São Paulo and Taipei, MZ Group currently has 250 professionals serving more than 500 clients in 10 countries. MZ Group’s services include planning and implementing global investor relations programs, market intelligence and investors’ database, structuring companies for accessing the capital markets (IPOs and APOs), applied technology to investor relations, corporate governance and corporate communications, competitive positioning, valuation and corporate governance practices, integrated corporate communications and the exclusive Online General Meetings (onlinegeneralmeetings.com).
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