Debt issuers: Early Engagement Team and enquiry service

Find out about the Early Engagement Team and our enquiry service for debt issuers. 

Early Engagement Team

Prospective overseas debt issuers may not be familiar with the European or UK listing regimes, so our Early Engagement Team can give them technical and practical help in getting a London listing.

We tailor our help to meet each issuer’s circumstances, and it may include:

  • giving early access to experienced debt specialists at the UKLA
  • conference calls or meetings with senior UKLA staff
  • performing a high-level ‘gap analysis’ of a non-EEA published debt-offering document they can use as a template for a prospectus or listing particulars.

The Early Engagement Team will give you a named contact who will work with you from initial contact through to admission to the Official List. They will be available to handle any technical queries or concerns about the Listing Rules, Prospectus Rules, and Disclosure and Transparency Rules.

We encourage you to appoint legal advisers with experience in the UK listing process. You should approach the relevant UK stock exchange and/or UK government department with whom you have been discussing a potential listing. They will be able to refer the matter to our Early Engagement Team.

The enquiry service

We operate an enquiry service for debt issuers and their advisers. The purpose of this service is to provide you with a means of discussing technical questions with us on matters not already clearly set out in the Listing Rules, Prospectus Rules or in our published Knowledge Base.

The enquiry service does not replace our written individual guidance procedure (described above), through which you can seek formal written guidance. Rather, in some circumstances, the Enquiry Service provides an initial point of contact, offering both users and us an opportunity to reflect on queries, so that any subsequent written guidance submission can be dealt with efficiently. In other cases, we may be able to address your query through the Enquiry Service, without the need for subsequent written guidance. Upon contacting the Enquiry Service, we will discuss with you how your query is likely to be best resolved.

Before contacting our enquiry service, please register for it by calling our general administrative line on 020 7066 8348.