An extensive 600-page critical study of success and failure in the global equity markets over the first six years of the decade. After two years of painstaking research by Bob Lilja, a former director of investment banking at CSFB, including interviews with over 300 CEOs, lead managers, regulators, lawyers, objective third parties and investors the book presents invaluable conclusions based around 24 detailed case studies of new equity issuances from around the world. The book reveals masses of information about the market not previously in the public domain and is comprehensive in its analysis of the reasons for the success or relative failure of each issuance covered. No punches are pulled in pursuit of the most frank and compelling analysis of the global equity markets. The transactions have been selected on the basis of essential "lessons learned" and offer all users of the market a guide to all the most critical elements in undertaking a global equity issue.