We are consulting on a targeted proposal to make the listing regime work better for companies controlled by a shareholder that is a sovereign country.
In February 2017 we published our discussion paper DP17/2 Review of the Effectiveness of Primary Markets: The UK Primary Markets Landscape. This paper discussed the role of listed primary markets as an important component of the broader capital markets landscape, and the structure of the UK listing regime in supporting that role. One of the issues we sought views on was the broad question of whether our existing listing arrangements might be improved for international companies, and if so how. We are continuing to analyse feedback to the paper and considering how best to take forward this wider policy project.
This consultation brings forward a targeted proposal for reform of the categories of premium listing to include a new listing category which will be available to commercial companies controlled by a shareholder that is a sovereign country.
This paper will be of interest to:
This consultation is now closed. We are considering your feedback and expect to publish our rules in a Policy Statement during Spring 2018.
At the same time we will continue to progress our Review of the Effectiveness of UK Primary Markets. Should we choose to advance any other specific policy proposals as a result of the discussion paper, we will issue a further consultation paper.