This discussion paper continues our work reviewing how effective our primary markets are as part of the FCA’s strategy to promote competition and positive change.
Well-functioning public markets enable companies to finance their businesses, which in turn create growth and jobs for the UK economy.
Trusted public markets provide opportunities for investors in a well understood environment with high standards of disclosure and FCA oversight. More companies listing at an earlier stage in their life cycle means more opportunities for investors to share in the returns of those companies as they grow.
Following feedback received to CP21/21, we are seeking further views on how the listing regime can be adapted to ensure the value of listing is easier to understand, to promote broader access to listing for a wider range of companies and to empower investor decision-making.
In this discussion paper (DP) we explore a listing regime based on having a single segment for equity shares in commercial companies. We also summarise the role and purpose of the sponsor regime, and seek views on whether any improvements could be considered to make our existing rules more proportionate and effective.
Who this applies to
This DP will be of interest to:
- listed companies
- companies considering a UK listing
- existing and prospective investors in listed companies, including institutional and individual investors
- law firms, investment banks and other advisors, including sponsors, who may assist issuers
- exchanges or venue operators
- intermediaries who may facilitate, including providing execution and/or marketing of, investments into listed companies, whether at initial public offering (IPO) or in secondary markets
- trade associations representing the various market participants above
- wider financial market participants, such as research analysts
The period for commenting on this Discussion Paper is now closed and we are in the process of considering the responses received.