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Slack's Direct Listing Could Show Spotify Wasn't A Fluke

Law360 (May 1, 2019, 8:13 PM EDT) -- Slack’s proposed direct listing, the second such transaction from a giant startup in the past year, will be closely watched for signs as to whether this unconventional way of going public could be a viable alternative to the traditional initial public offering for select companies.

San Francisco-based Slack Technologies Inc. filed a registration statement on Friday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, joining a wave of highly valued private companies that are going public this year. But Slack, following Spotify’s unusual entry into public markets in April 2018, is doing so through an unorthodox path that skips the typical IPO...

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