IPOs: 2020 Trends and 2021 Forecasts

Against all odds, IPOs sprouted in record numbers and valuations in 2020. Who is gobbling up these new stocks? And, more importantly, what does this trend tell us about the appetite for going public in 2021?

Despite a pandemic, geopolitical upheaval and chaotic global markets, 2020 turned out to be a record-setting year for IPOs, with 494 public offerings raising a combined US$174 billion – a 106 percent increase over 2019’s IPO count of 233. What’s behind these astounding numbers?

Intralinks and our fintech partner Black&Callow, along with some of our most successful clients, were delighted to host a live roundtable discussion of last year’s unexpected IPOs trends and what that could mean for companies considering going public in the coming quarters. Topics include:

  • What can we learn from the types and sizes of IPOs in 2020? 
  • Is Covid-19 making it easier or harder for companies to prepare for an IPO? 
  • What ESG/Comms preparations must companies do? What’s investor sentiment on this?
  • What does the market hold in store for the remainder of 2021? 
  • The rise in SPACs

Date: 17 March 2021


  • Taufik El-Abed, Sales Director UK&I and Middle East, Intralinks (Host)
  • Tim Black, Managing Director, Black&Callow (Moderator)
  • Tom Rayner, CEO, Sillion            
  • Julian Macedo, CEO, The Deal Team
  • Michael Bloch, Partner, Allen & Overy


  • 51 minutes
18 March 2021