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Find out more about floating or listing companies on the stock market with our selection of articles, links and guides to help you identify best practice and useful resources.

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When do you go for an IPO?
The CEO of Pure Storage offers advice on timing a public offering, based on his own experience of IPOs. He also talks about the precedents set by Google and Facebook, who waited longer than most venture capital-backed companies.

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Guide to listing
A step-by-step guide to listing your company on the London Stock Exchange.


Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Floating your company

Floating your company can be one of the most exciting experiences in your business life. But it can also be stressful, time consuming and expensive.

Disclaimer: This article from Atom Content Marketing is for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

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Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

FCA to supervise IPO allocations

The UK's Financial Conduct Authority will look over some banks' shoulders to make sure they are allocating IPOs fairly and is trying to get league table providers to reduce incentives for banks to engage in 'league table trades' in the equity blocks market. [

When do you go for an IPO?

The CEO of Pure Storage offers advice on timing a public offering, based on his own experience of IPOs.

Going, going private

The article reports that a new breed of technology companies is entering the public market.

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Useful links


Initial public offerings
A collection of articles on IPOs from ICAEW's Corporate Finance Faculty.

Other resources

Considering flotation?
Information from the London Stock Exchange outlining the listing process for companies considering an IPO. Includes a Guide to listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Floating on the stock market
Based on the archived guidance from Business Link, NI Business Info gives detailed guidance on the suitability of a business for flotation, the flotation process, the advantages and disadvantages of flotation, choosing the right market, appointing advisers and pricing.

Floating a company
Guidance from flotation consultants HollandBendelow. Includes a guide for companies considering floating on the Alternative Investments Market -  The Essential Aim Stock Market Guide

Guide to executing a successful IPO
Guidance from the British Private Equity Venture Capital Association (BVCA) published in 2014. The 2016 version is available for download (after registration) from the pwc website.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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Tell me the story
Accountancy, Vol.147 No.1413 May 2011, pp.98-99
Explains what makes a good flotation candidate and how AIM has become a more attractive exchange since the 2008 financial crisis.

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A practitioner's guide to the FCA listing regime
Sweet & Maxwell, annual
Practical guide to the eligibility criteria and continuing obligations for listing on the London Stock Exchange. Includes the latest disclosure requirements.

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