Financial Conduct Authority Proposes Changes to UK Equity IPO Process
The Financial Conduct Authority launched a consultation on proposed changes to the availability of information in the UK equity IPO process. The consultation follows the discussion paper published by the FCA in April 2016. The FCA's view is that diverse and independent information is not available early enough in the IPO process. To address this issue, the FCA is proposing to amend the order in which the approved prospectus and connected research is made available to investors and to ensure that analysts from firms not supporting the IPO are provided with access to the issuer's management. In particular, the FCA is proposing that an approved prospectus or registration be published and unconnected analysts have access to the issuer's management before any connected research is released. In addition, the FCA is proposing to clarify, through supplemental guidance, that it would regard any interaction between analysts and issuers or their representatives to be participation in investment banking pitching efforts until the firm has accepted a mandate to carry out underwriting or placing services for the issuer and the firm's position in the syndicate has been determined.
The consultation closes on June 1, 2017. The FCA expects to publish a policy statement setting out the final changes, if any, before the end of 2017.
View the consultation paper.
View the discussion paper.