As we move into the New Year, many people are looking back on 2011 and beginning to make predictions for what might happen in 2012. We’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon and examine different areas of legal practice, how they’ve evolved in the past year and things to look for in 2012.

To kick-off the series, we are examining the IPO (initial public offering) landscape,  first as a whole and then focused specifically on the energy sector.

Overall, the end of year rush for IPOs didn’t go as expected and investors are eyeing the market with caution going into the New Year.  But with several high-profile internet companies announcing plans for IPOs in the near future, 2012 could start out with a lot more action than you may think.

To learn more the current IPO market and what we can expect to see happening over the coming months, we are turning to Tom Murphy, a partner at the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery and head of the Securities & Capital Markets Affinity group.

Listen to the full interview with Tom by clicking on the player below or downloading it on iTunes.

2011 might have ended on a bit of a low note for IPOs in many industries, but the energy sector isn’t one of them. To learn more about why this industry is barreling forward with stock offerings when others are pulling back, we are speaking with Rob Reedy, managing partner at Porter Hedges in Houston to talk about how the energy sector is uniquely positioned for success.

Listen to Rob’s full interview by clicking on the player below or by downloading it on iTunes, just search Legal Current.