London tops listings table despite Brexit

Data from the latest IPO Watch shows that London was the most active exchange for company flotations in the first quarter of the year, accounting for almost half of the total raised in European initial public offerings (IPOs).

About £1.8 billion was raised by companies coming to London in the first quarter, the same amount raised in the first quarter of 2016. The Europe-wide total raised approximately £3.8 billion, leaving London to top the tables as the "premier exchange", despite the uncertainty caused by the UK formally starting the Brexit process.

A spokesperson for the report says: "Issuers will continue to be attracted to London by the liquidity of the financial markets, the depth and breadth of the investor base and the regulatory and business framework."

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