Launch of high-growth segment of the London Stock Exchange main market

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) launched a high-growth segment to its main market on 27 March 2013. The segment caters for fast-growing companies seeking to join the main market, but that are not yet eligible for a premium listing on the official list due to their size and stage of development. In a key move, companies will be able to seek admission to the new segment with as low as 10 per cent of their shares in public hands, compared with the existing official list requirement for 25 per cent of shares in public hands. Once admitted, such companies will be able to continue their growth in an environment that is less regulated than the premium-listed segment.

Key features of the High Growth Segment:

  • It is an equity only market open to both institutional and retail investors.
  • The segment is not included in the Official List so the FSA’s Listing Rules do not apply.
  • The segment has its own rulebook governing the admission process, eligibility criteria and continuing obligations.
  • Companies need to issue an FSA approved prospectus in order to gain admission…

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