Doug Barnard: CF Industries — Overseeing an IPO That Grew Faster Than Google

When Doug Barnard , Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at CF Industries, joined the company in 2004, he was already fighting an uphill battle.

On the verge of bankruptcy, the owners of CF were determined to sell the company. But Doug saw an opportunity - why not take the company public? In 2005, Doug’s vision became a reality as CF Industries presented its IPO, turning CF’s fortunes around in the process.

In this episode, Doug shares his experience participating in his first successful IPO and what legacy he’d like to leave behind.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Drafting the CF Industries IPO prospectus (6:48)
  • A harrowing four-way takeover battle (14:05)
  • Recruitment and retention of in-house legal talent (23:56)
  • Leaving a proud legacy with your team (30:31) 

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