Helping recovery in the IPO markets

A number of year end reports have drawn attention to the falling number of companies coming to market for the first time over the last five years – in London, by more than half. Whilst IPOs in emerging and Asian markets have been relatively buoyant, commentators worry that there may be deep-seated structural problems in Europe and the US which will make it difficult for companies to access the capital they need.

In the UK, there are a number of general concerns about the IPO process itself and the health of the market for new issues, together with some more specific concerns that smaller companies in particular are not well-supported by the UK equity markets. In the US, the focus is on a sequence of regulatory actions which have driven up costs and constrained the availability of information about smaller companies…

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