Corporate weekly highlights—17 May 2018

Corporate weekly highlights—17 May 2018

This week’s edition of Corporate highlights includes details of our Market Tracker Trend Report on Trends in UK Equity Capital Markets and news on the amendment of merger thresholds for certain transactions impacting national security and the adoption of MLD5 by the Council of the EU. We have also published a new Practice Note in our Accounts and reports topic area.

Equity capital markets

Market Tracker Trend Report—Trends in UK Equity Capital Markets

The Market Tracker Trend Report—Trends in UK Equity Capital Markets report examines the current dynamics of ECM activity in respect of IPOs and secondary fundraisings on both the Main Market and AIM. The report reviews data from 2015 through to 2017 and market activity in the first quarter of 2018. It also includes a review of Q1 2018 and a forecast for the rest of the year.

Highlights of the report include:

  1. analysis and comparison of ECM activity on the Main Market and AIM
  2. a spotlight on the headline IPO and secondary offering transactions over the past three years
  3. a three-year comparative overview of transaction volume, gross proceeds and market capitalisation in both IPOs and secondary offers
  4. consideration of geographical trends in new listings and a comparison of country of incorporation and country of operation
  5. an industry sector review, with a comparative three-year breakdown of industry sector activity in respect of secondary fundraising deal volume and funds raised
  6. a review of secondary fundraisings by type, and
  7. a forecast and update on key developments to look out for in 2018

The report includes expert commentary from Jonathan Beastall, Senior Adviser—Corporate Finance at Pinsent Masons LLP; Rosalie Chadwick, Head of Corporate Finance at Pinsent Masons LLP; Clive Hopewell, Partner in the International Corporate Group at Bird & Bird LLP; Alexander Keepin, Corporate Finance Partner and Head of Mining at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP; Julian Stanier, Corporate Finance Partner at Pinsent Masons LLP and Marcus Stuttard, Head of AIM & UK Primary Markets at the London Stock Exchange Group.

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