Public companies can not only solicit public investment, but they can also advertise for it. Furthermore, they can raise shares on their national stock exchange that can be traded internationally.
Public companies are bound by much more stringent regulations than private ones. They need more directors, more share capital (a significant proportion of which must be paid up front), stricter auditing, and face tougher penalties for non-compliance.
If you are big enough to be considering this route, you will, of course, have been informed about the details by your lawyers, accountants, and city advisors.
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