About the Main Market
The London Stock Exchange’s Main Market is the world’s most international market for the admission and trading of equity, debt and other securities. Its location at the heart of the world’s leading financial centre makes it the ideal home to over 2,600 companies from 60 countries, including many of the world’s largest, most successful and most dynamic companies.
Underpinned by London’s balanced and globally-respected standards of regulation and corporate governance, the Main Market represents a badge of quality for every company admitted to and traded on it and an aspiration for many companies worldwide.
The Main Market is also one of the world's most international and diverse stock markets, with companies coming from over 60 countries across 40 sectors. There are different routes to joining the Main Market which are outlined below:
Routes to Main Market
||The Premium segment is only open to equity shares issued by trading companies and closed and open-ended investment entities. Issuers with a Premium Listing are required to meet the UK’s super-equivalent rules which are higher than the EU minimum requirements. As Premium Listed companies comply with the UK’s highest standards of regulation and corporate governance, as a consequence they may enjoy a lower cost of capital through greater transparency and through building investor confidence.
||The Standard segment is open to issuance of equity shares, Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs), debt securities, and securitised derivatives that are required to comply with EU minimum requirements. A Standard Listing allows issuers to access the Main Market by meeting EU harmonised standards.
|High Growth Segment
The new High Growth Segment is subject to the EU minimum standards and the HGS rulebook issued by London Stock Exchange. The segment is designed specifically for high growth, revenue generating businesses incorporated in an EEA state, that over time are aspiring to the join the Premium segment.
Guide to listing on the London Stock Exchange(file pdf - 8 MB)
HGS Rulebook (file pdf - 1 MB)