While it is currently easier for companies to go public in Europe (AIM has quickly become a default option for venture-backed firms), and Sarbanes-Oxley makes it irritatingly expensive to be public in the U.S., a London-based venture investor makes a strange argument to Reuters in favor of Euro IPOs:
“In the States, there are so many companies that trying to keep track of their names is hard enough, let alone which one is better than the other. What this means is that if a company goes public (in Europe) then it is easy to get a high profile.”
Yes, those darn Yanks with their plethora of startups, hotly competitive technology markets, and go-go entrepreneurs. Give me much more peaceful Europe any day. More time for tea without having to simultaneously study up on so many company names.