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Going direct: a Wise decision

Not every listing on the public markets has the aim of raising fresh capital. For fast-growing international technology company Wise, its Direct Listing on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange provides a way to broaden its ownership while remaining focused on its mission. Co-founder and CEO Kristo Käärmann explains their novel thinking and approach.

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Growth in tech, sustainable finance and diverse boards define London’s first half.

The depth and level of support provided by London’s markets to the rapidly evolving capital needs of issuers and investors in the global economy was vividly underlined in a strong and active first half of 2021.

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Trustpilot: Denmark’s tech unicorn puts its trust in London

Founded in Denmark in 2007, Trustpilot has developed into a global review platform with a mission to create a universal symbol of trust. Joining the premium segment of London’s Main Market, with its high standards of regulation and corporate governance, was an obvious choice for the first Danish tech unicorn to list in London.

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Global exposure, best execution: why London is at the centre of global securities trading

The world trades in London

In the time zone that is central to the global business day, London’s role in global finance has always been pivotal. And at London’s heart is London Stock Exchange, which for centuries has provided choice and liquidity for investors and traders around the world.

London provides the bridge between markets from Asia to America, overlapping market hours acr

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2020 – A year of green milestones for the Sustainable Bond Market

2020 has been a memorable year for London Stock Exchange’s Sustainable Bond Market (SBM).

Already home to the first certified green bonds out of China, India, and the Middle East, and to the first sovereign green bonds from Asia Pacific and the Americas, SBM welcomed 39 bonds

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2020 - A year of resilience

London’s capital markets ecosystem showed its mettle during the pandemic. Public markets quickly supported businesses and institutions in raising funds to shore up balance sheets and continue to fund growth and innovation. 

445 businesses returning to the market raising £40.8bn in follow-on capital (67% more than in 2019).  Over £73bn was raised through COVID-19 response bonds, including

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Fixed Income Pulse: CEE, CIS and Russia – A busy time for the region

Emerging Europe and Central Asian issuers have been active in 2020, as we’ve seen a flurry of first-time issuers and local currency bonds from the region come to our markets.


Hungary was one of the first sovereigns from the region to list its bonds in London this year, raising €2 billion at the end of April, shortly followed by its debut green bond in June 2020 on London Stock

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Green economy in focus: Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust

Tom Williams, Head of Energy & Infrastructure and Partner at Downing LLP gives his views on the launch of its newest fund, Downing Renewable & Infrastructure Trust (DORE). The fund is the latest London-listing to receive the Green Economy Mark on admission, which is given to companies and funds with 50% + revenues

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Thirty years of China's capital markets

December 2020 marks 30 years since the creation of both Shanghai Stock Exchange and Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Between them, there are approximately 4,100 listed companies with a target market capitalisation of about RMB77,244bn. The pace of change and growth in Chinese capital markets is unparalleled and international participation and interest in these markets continues to also grow at a rapid

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Debt Capital Markets update Q3 2020

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We are pleased to share LSEG’s Debt Capital Markets (DCM) update for Q3 2020. The update provides an overview of global DCM activity and key highlights from London Stock Exchange, including key DCM transactions and LSEG initiative and engagement with the global

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Building dialogue between investors and issuers on ESG: a report on disclosure trends

Investor focus on ESG continues to increase – a trend accelerated by the COVID-19 global pandemic. The challenge for issuers is to focus and improve their ESG performance as well as how they communicate and engage with investors.

Our ESG Disclosure Score helps issuers to see where they might improve their most important sector specific ESG metrics and understand

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A bold green ambition: how Yangtze Power became the first Shanghai-London Stock Connect issuer to receive the Green Economy Mark

China Yangtze Power Co., Ltd (Yangtze Power) is the national business card of China’s expertise in hydropower. Founded in 2002, its four mega hydropower stations situated on the Yangtze river account for nearly 16% of the total hydroelectric power in China. Its installed capacity of 45.495GW, which is set to increase by a further 26.2GW in the near future, makes it the largest hydropower

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Fixed Income Pulse: LSEG Debt Capital Markets Forum 2020 roundup

London Stock Exchange held its second annual Debt Capital Market’s Forum on Monday 21 September 2020, organised in partnership with Barclays. More than 140 delegates live-streamed and participated in the event via London Stock Exchange’s dedicated service for digital presentations and events – SPARK LIVE. This edition of our Fixed Income

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THG £1.88bn tech IPO comes to London

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Manchester-based THG has become a global player in ecommerce and one of the UK’s biggest digital success stories. Now its founder Matt Moulding has taken his company public in a £1.88bn IPO.

For UK and European tech company founders, it’s a watershed moment. It shows that:

Tech companies don’t need to

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How London’s oldest market is pioneering new investment opportunities

Investors from around the world have long trusted the trading environment in London – and for more than 150 years they have been investing in London’s investment funds.

“Investment funds are one of the longest running parts of the London market,” says Dr Darko Hajdukovic, Head of Multi Asset, Primary Markets and Investment Funds at London Stock Exchange. A remarkable number of these

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London: the route to global investing

London stands in the middle of the world’s trading day. It is open from when the Asian markets are closing, right through to when the American markets are opening and continuing to trade. It is in the ideal time zone to enable Asian investors to manage risk, react to news and pursue their trading strategies constantly and efficiently during and after Asian market hours.

So, it should

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Sustainable Finance News

Towards the end of 2019 London Stock Exchange launched the Green Economy Mark and Sustainable Bond Market. At the time we hosted our first Sustainable Finance Summit and launched our Guide to Green Finance. Whilst the outbreak of COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the economy and our day to day lives, we’ve seen continued interest and momentum across the green finance ecosystem and markets have

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Fixed Income Pulse: LIBOR Transition - Update for Issuers and Market Participants

Regulators have made the need to transition away from the use of £-LIBOR as a benchmark clear Market participants with exposure to £-LIBOR must now be preparing comprehensive transition strategies to be ready for the phasing out of £-LIBOR LSEG remains committed to supporting our clients through this transition and offers a suite of products designed to assist market participants in their

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Keep your options open in volatile times with London Stock Exchange Group’s International Order Book (IOB)

IOB’s diversity and flexibility helps investors respond to market uncertainty

Every portfolio manager will consider an investment idea from many angles before moving to implementation. In unpredictable market conditions, most will pay particularly close attention to their choice of vehicle for the idea, assessing room for manoeuvre should circumstances change. So far in 2020, portfolio

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Why North American firms should be looking at a London IPO

An Alabama-based oil and gas company that raised nearly $800m in equity and completed 11 acquisitions with a value of $1.8bn in 3 years. A San Francisco-founded payments technology company that has provided a profitable exit for its market leading VC investors, while also making strategic acquisitions. A New York-based life sciences company which raised $50m and less than two years later

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London Stock Exchange establishes the Sustainable Bond Market Advisory Group

London Stock Exchange announces the establishment of the Sustainable Bond Market Advisory Group  Advisory Group will act as a consultative body for London Stock Exchange on developments in sustainable finance  Follows the recent expansion of London Stock Exchange’s sustainable finance offering including new companies eligible for Green Economy Mark and the launch of sustainability-linked bonds

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Stepping up, not slowing down: How London’s equity markets are supporting the healthcare and technology sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic

Despite the market turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, companies listed on London’s markets have had continued access capital - not only to strengthen their working capital requirements but also to drive innovation and fund growth. The technology and healthcare sectors have been prominent in their activity.

In the first half of 2020, companies have raised £23.7bn in IPO and

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