Road to IPO: What does it take?

Join us for a fireside chat, a panel session followed by cocktails on May 3, 2024 @ 1880, Singapore

Are you a startup founder or C-suite leader aiming for a future listing? Are you looking to get a deeper understanding of the workings behind a public market outing?

This bespoke conference will feature public market experts who will share their perspectives and expertise on what it takes to deliver a successful listing. The event will have an insightful panel discussion and a fireside chat followed by networking drinks.

Who Should Attend?
  • Startup founders and C-suite leaders looking to navigate the path to a future listing
  • Investors and portfolio companies looking to get a deeper understanding of the public market landscape and outlook for tech startup listings.
  • Top startup leaders looking to understand the IPO regulatory and compliance landscape, reporting frameworks, and more.


Co-Founder & Group CEO
Investor Relations and IPO Director, Corporate Platforms
Senior Journalist & (former) Managing Editor
Marcum Asia
Regional Director, Financial Services & Professions Group
Executive Vice President
Founder & Editor-in-chief

Why It Matters?

Going public enables companies to raise funding from a larger pool of investors and also helps boost their brand and reputation across markets. Tapping the IPO market is also seen as a viable exit route for venture capital and private equity investors in mature startups. SEA’s large base of startups creates strong pipeline of IPOs in the tech sector. Amidst the funding winter, and against the changing macro landscape, SEA startups have been forced to focus on profitability. This will result in a sizable pipeline of IPO-ready companies. Most analysts anticipate a tech resurgence once the macro-outlook stabilizes.

SE Asian companies have been looking at regional and global exchanges for their market debut. However, the road to listing is not without challenges. DealStreetAsia’s bespoke summit will unravel the various listing options and present a working toolkit for companies eyeing a future listing.


5.30pm  Registration

6pm to 6.45pm  Panel Discussion – Roadmap to a Successful IPO: A Practical Guide


This session will dive deep into all the elements that need to be in place for a successful public market outing for tech startups. Our speakers bring a wealth of experience and expertise in navigating the complex IPO landscape.

Marcum Asia Partner Jason Tang specialises in providing external audits and advisory services to publicly traded companies in the US, especially for clients with operations in Asia.
He has extensive experience in public company audits and SEC reporting. He has helped over two dozen clients across various industries complete their initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions.

Cooley Partner Timothy Pitrelli has significant experience in IPOs, follow-on offerings, and other regional and international cross-border transactions, as well as comprehensive knowledge of the Singapore and Southeast Asia markets. Before joining Cooley, he was an executive director and senior counsel in the investment banking division at Goldman Sachs in Singapore.

Piacente EVP Ross Warner advises Asia-based companies on strategic investor relations programmes. He has extensive experience guiding companies through the IPO process and developing articulate messaging. An active member of China’s investor relations community since 2006, he held multiple in-house investor relations roles before joining Piacente in 2016. 

Aon Regional Director Justin McCarthy’s experience includes helping clients understand their risk profile as US listed company and placing Directors & Officers Liability Insurance to protect both the company and individual directors & officers. Aon places cover for hundreds of US listed companies annually, and is the leading trading partner for the insurers who underwrite D&O risk for Asian companies listed in the US.

Nasdaq’s Hiren Krishnani, who leads the capital markets activity for the ASEAN region, brings over 15 years of experience in financial markets, IPOs, investor relations, investor engagement, and market data domain. Over the last 7 years at Nasdaq, he has provided guidance to various issuers on how to navigate through the IPO process. He also manages the relationships with ASEAN companies after they have listed on Nasdaq. He has closed over 35 IPOs on Nasdaq from this region.


6.45pm to 7.15pm  Fireside Chat – Carro: Laying down the blocks to be IPO-ready


Aaron Tan founded SE Asia’s fastest growing and only profitable mobility unicorn Carro back in 2015. Aaron also sits on the investment committee of several funds to invest in the next generation of tech startups in the region. The SE Asian automotive marketplace, which has expanded to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, has raised over $1 billion in debt and equity from investors including Softbank Vision Fund, Temasek, Jardines, and GIC. The unicorn is said to be raising up to $100 million ahead of its eventual US public listing in 2025. Carro joins a growing list of SE Asian tech startups vying for a public market outing. In this fireside chat, we will quiz Tan on the steps Carro is following to become IPO-ready.


7.15pm onwards – Cocktails and Canapés

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Join us for a fireside chat, a panel session followed by cocktails on May 3, 2024 @ 1880, Singapore