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One of Wall Street’s Most Lucrative Businesses Is at Risk

Venture capitalists are embracing direct listings and curbing fees for bankers.

Citadel Investment Group LLC in Chicago, Illinois
Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg

They flew in from across the U.S.—venture capitalists and entrepreneurs—to discuss a new way to sell stock to the public and keep more money for themselves. The venue, appropriately, was a landmark hotel nicknamed “The Bonanza Inn.”

Not invited: the bankers who’ve long dominated initial public offerings.