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22 July 2022
The UK Secondary Capital Raising Review makes recommendations to improve capital raising processes for London listed issuers. These will enable larger non-pre-emptive placings, and in due course allow rights issues without a prospectus or the involvement of a sponsor.
31 May 2022
The Financial Conduct Authority has formally adopted the bulk of the European Securities and Markets Authority's guidance on the Prospectus Regulation into its own guidance on the UK prospectus regime. It has published four new Technical Notes of which the most significant is TN/619.1 "Guidelines on disclosure requirements under the Prospectus Regulation and Guidance on specialist issuers". It has also made amendments to 10 other Technical Notes and to one Procedural Note. The changes will make it easier to navigate prospectus guidance on the FCA's website.
27 May 2022
The Financial Conduct Authority has published a discussion paper (DP22/2) setting out proposals to merge the existing premium and standard segments for the listing of shares on the UK Main Market and make it easier for new and high-growth companies to list in London. The discussion paper also looks at the role of sponsors under the Listing Rules.
In this article we give an overview of the proposals and what they will mean for IPOs, as well as for existing premium and standard listed issuers.
23 May 2022
The SEC Proposal is based in part on the recommendations (the “TCFD Recommendations”) of the Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures (the “TCFD”). The TCFD Recommendations have gained widespread acceptance as a global standard for climate-related disclosures and, as a result, a number of jurisdictions (including Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and Switzerland) have either mandated TCFD-aligned reporting in domestic regulation, or are in the process of doing so.
12 May 2022
We have just over two months before the new regulations for intermediaries carrying out bookbuilding and placing activities take effect.
The SFC and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange have both published guidance on certain questions which the industry has been grappling with, as well as information on what the transition arrangements will be.
18 January 2022
2022 will provide a practical demonstration of the appetite for ESG-led change that governments, major corporates and financial institutions all have, and how far this will feed into smaller businesses and everyday life. In this publication we explore key global ESG themes we believe will shape the legal outlook for businesses in 2022. We also look at the evolving ESG landscape in 30 jurisdictions.
13 September 2021
Linklaters’ market leading equity capital markets team recently advised Wise plc on the first European Tech company direct listing, a transaction that also included the UK’s first widely held dual-class share structure, novel liquidity provision arrangements and a bespoke opening auction for Wise’s shares on the London Stock Exchange.
12 August 2021
Under newly approved amendments, many companies listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange (“Nasdaq”) will soon be required to have, or explain why they do not have, at least two board of directors members who are diverse (i.e., female, an underrepresented minority or LGBTQ+), including (i) at least one female director; and (ii) at least one underrepresented minority or LGBTQ+ director. Nasdaq-listed companies will also have to provide annual numerical disclosure on the diversity of their board of directors.
28 July 2021
Changes to the UK listing rules have been announced to make the rules more friendly to special purpose acquisition companies. The changes will enable SPACs to avoid having their shares suspended ahead of a potential acquisition, provided they meet a number of conditions.
6 July 2021
The prospectus review from HM Treasury consults on proposals to streamline prospectus requirements, improve the quality of disclosure and make the prospectus regime more agile and dynamic. There is also a push to widen ownership of public companies by removing disincentives to offering shares to retail investors.
6 July 2021
The Financial Conduct Authority has published a consultation seeking views on potential reforms of the current listing segments function and on several specific changes to the Listing Rules to remove barriers to listing.
11 June 2021
After the introduction of the National Security and Investment Act 2021 to address foreign investment in the UK, it is now the turn of equity listings and admissions to the UK public markets to be scrutinised through the lens of national security. A consultation, published on 7 June, by HM Treasury, proposes a new standalone power for the Government to block a listing in the UK which it considers could be detrimental to national security.
1 March 2021
The findings of a highly anticipated independent strategic review into UK fintech have been published. The review, led by Ron Kalifa OBE, sets out a five-point plan to ensure the UK can retain its position as a global leader in fintech, and thus financial services more broadly. The recommendations are wide-ranging and bold. Notably, several are aimed at providing a more supportive environment for fintech firms to grow into global champions. The government has welcomed the report and committed to considering its recommendations in detail.