Deciding whether to float your company on a stock market is an important decision. Most successful privately-owned companies will eventually reach a stage in their development where they consider whether the next natural step is to join a public market.
Joining one of the London Stock Exchange's markets provides your company with the opportunity to benefit from improved access to capital, increased global profile and access to liquidity.
The decision to float your company on a public market is a significant one, involving many personal and professional considerations.
When deciding whether your company is at the right stage for flotation, there are a number of questions that need to be addressed. These can broadly be split into questions for the management team, and questions for your adviser team.
The advisers you appoint all play their part in making sure your company satisfies the rules and regulations and meets the market’s expectations.
Public companies have to adhere to certain rules and regulations, which differ according to the market your company joins, and also have to meet accepted standards of corporate governance.
You will need to persuade investors – in London and around the world – of the qualities of your company and its prospects, so that they will be prepared to invest in your company and ensure the success of your flotation. You will need to demonstrate that the business is soundly managed, that you have a robust business plan and that the management has the right skills and commitment.
To make sure that a flotation is the right step both for you and your company, there are five main questions you need to ask:
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