ETFs can be admitted to trading on London Stock Exchange via 2 different routes:
ETCs & ETNs can be admitted to trading on London Stock Exchange via the route below:
ETFs: obtain either FCA authorisation or recognition
For both routes the fund must be either an FCA authorised or recognised collective investment scheme and must take the legal form of an Authorised Unit Trust scheme (an AUT), an Investment Company with Variable Capital (an ICVC), or an Authorised Contractual Scheme (an ACS). Collective investment schemes established in the EEA from 1 January 2021 must be fully authorised under section 272 of FSMA. For EEA domiciled ETFs, fund managers are permitted to enter a new sub-fund (i.e a sub-fund authorized by its home state Regulator after implementation period completion day) for admission to trading for an umbrella fund which has an existing sub-fund in the Temporary Permissions Regime (TPR).
London Stock Exchange currently maintains criteria on fund characteristics to ensure they are favourable to market conditions and maintaining liquidity:
The application for admission to LSEplc can be administered by the fund’s sponsor or directly by the issuer. It is necessary to arrange for the creation of the relevant trading codes (i.e. once it has been determined what funds are to admit) as soon as possible in the admission process.
International securities identification numbers (ISINs) are normally allocated by the country of domicile of the issuer. London Stock Exchange is then responsible for allocating a stock exchange daily official list (SEDOL) code, which is a unique instrument identifier. Please email the pricing supplement(s) to this email address and allow 48 hours for these to be assigned.
A tradable instrument display mnemonic (TIDM) is the three- or four-character identifier specific to London Stock Exchange. Issuers may request a specific TIDM, which will be issued provided it is not already in use or reserved. Once reserved, these are held for a period of six months.
London Stock Exchange reserves the right to reject or withdraw a TIDM, at its sole discretion, at any time. The following are non-exhaustive examples of when the Exchange may exercise this discretion:
Requests should be made to the Admissions team, who manage new admissions to London Stock Exchange. Please email the issuer name and the description of each line (multicurrency lines require unique TIDMs), making it clear that it is a TIDM request, here.
Issuers can admit up to 3 different currency lines for each ETF/ETP. These can be applied for simultaneously with the standard line, or at a later date. If applying for multi-currency lines at a later date, we require the same documentation to the same timetables as above, with the exception of the Prospectus/Pricing Supplements.
Additionally, these lines will require unique TIDMs and London SEDOL codes while the ISIN of the multicurrency line will be identical to that of the standard line. Please forward all documentation to email@example.com.
* To admit offshore CNY trading lines, we will require up to 1 months' notice.
When a large number of securities are due to admit to the LSE market on the same day, LCH requires that the LSE provide additional lead time for security setups. Please therefore ensure that a draft Static Data Form is submitted to the LSE within the below time frames, to avoid any potential delays to admission.
|Volume of additions||Notice required|
|Batches <10||24 Hrs from LCH confirmation|
|Batches of 10 or more||5 Business Days|
|Batches of 30 or more||10 Business Days|
|Batches in excess of 50||3 Weeks|
In order to admit a new sub-fund the following confirmations are required.
For ETFs admitting on the basis of a FCA listing, the below documents must be submitted to the Exchange 11 business days (by 12.00pm) before the target admission date, unless a sub-fund, whereby these can be submitted 5 business days before the target admission date:
For ETFs admitting on the basis of an EEA listing, the below documents must be submitted to the Exchange 11 business days (by 12.00pm) before the target admission date unless a sub-fund, whereby these can be submitted 5 business days before the target admission date:
For ETCs & ETNs admitting on the basis of a FCA listing, the below documents must be submitted to the Exchange 11 business days (by 12.00pm) before the target admission date, unless a sub-fund, whereby these can be submitted 5 business days before the target admission date: