Spotify's Direct Listing: Is It a Recipe for Gatekeeper Failure?

Brent J. Horton

Considering Spotify’s decision to go public via direct listing instead of the more traditional initial public offering, does this practice endanger investors, and if direct listings are here to stay, what can be done to make the practice safer for investors? 

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