Stock market shake-up to boost London listings – The Times

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The City regulator has proposed an overhaul of the stock market to encourage more companies to list in London — in a plan that has raised concerns of “watered-down” standards.

The Financial Conduct Authority yesterday revealed it was considering measures to simplify the listing regime in what would be the biggest shake-up of the market rule book for decades.

In recent years, London has fallen behind other financial centres such as New York as a destination for flotations, particularly of high-growth technology and bioscience businesses.

Under the present regime, companies can list either in the premium segment of the market, which has tougher governance rules, or the standard segment, which is less strict.

Only premium-listed companies can join the influential FTSE indices that are

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