Case | HBS Case Collection | April 2002

Knoll Furniture: Going Public

by Paul A. Gompers and Jon Asher Daniels


This case examines the decisions of John Lynch, president and CEO of Knoll Furniture, to go public in early 1997. Knoll went private in an LBO in 1996 and Warburg Pincus, the LBO sponsor, wants Lynch to take Knoll public. Lynch needs to weigh the positive and negative issues of a public offering.

Keywords: Leveraged Buyouts; Decisions; Initial Public Offering; Going Public; Privatization;


Gompers, Paul A., and Jon Asher Daniels. "Knoll Furniture: Going Public." Harvard Business School Case 202-114, April 2002.