Why IPO in London?

Companies are choosing to IPO in London for access to a more supportive growth platform, a truly global investor network, and the chance to form a long-term partnership.


Tech and consumer internet companies have accounted for 54% of IPO proceeds raised in London in the first half of 2021.


Founders can tap into a diverse pool of investors - international investors own 43% of London listed tech and consumer internet companies.


£27bn+ of equity raised in London in H1 2021, making London the most active exchange outside of US and Greater China.

Right touch environment to nurture business

The UK market offers a supportive ecosystem and is less costly and litigious than other markets, enabling management teams to focus on running and growing their business.

Open to companies of all sizes from around the world

The most international exchange in the world - attracting international investors and issuers. 38% of our issuers are headquartered outside of London.

The listing destination for British tech and consumer internet companies

The UK has produced more unicorns than any other country outside of the US and Greater China. Growing businesses can achieve unmatched relevance.

Momentum in London

With a rapidly maturing tech sector, unprecedented public market investor support for tech capital raising, and a fast growing pipeline of tech IPOs, London is now a global destination for tech & consumer internet companies. Get the full story in our 2021 Tech & Consumer Internet Prospectus.

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Case studies

Darktrace: Global leader in Cyber AI Delivers IPO

Using machine learning and AI to protect clients from sophisticated cyberattacks, the next-generation intelligence of Darktrace’s homegrown software proved to be irresistible for global tech investors.

Going direct: a Wise decision

Global technology company, Wise, became London’s first direct listing of a technology company - accelerating its mission to save customers from spending £149bn on currency exchange fees every year.

Trustpilot: Denmark’s tech unicorn puts its trust in London

The online review platform and Danish tech unicorn put its trust in London’s Main Market - with its high standards of regulation and corporate government. The reward? A £1.1bn market capitalisation.

Going direct: a Wise decision

Host: Brent Hoberman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairperson, Founders Forum @brenthoberman

Taavet Hinrikus, Co-founder and Chairperson, Wise @taavet

Taavet Hinrikus started his tech career as one of the first employees of Skype and went on to successfully create scale and list Wise (formerly Transferwise) with his friend and co-founder, Kristo Käärmann. Wise took global capital markets by storm in July 2021, as the largest ever listing of a Tech company in London. In this episode, CEO & Chairperson of Founders’ Forum, Brent Hoberman, sits down to discuss the direct listing journey with Taavet.

They dive into the listing process, how the team prepared for the transaction and who the leadership team turned to for advice and guidance to make key decisions.

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Up Next

AIM Big: Achieving a successful IPO in London

Host: Stephen Kelly, Chairman, Tech Nation @SKellyCEO

Guest: Sara Murray OBE, Founder & Chief Executive Officer,
Big Technologies PLC @saramurrayobe, @wearebuddi

Sara Murray OBE has scaled and successfully exited multiple businesses in her career to date. We dive into the decisions Sara made in the lead up to the Big Technologies IPO and how Sara ensured the company was prepared for the big day.

Available on Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music. Search London Stock Exchange to listen.

Life after IPO: Kape Technologies

Host: Stephen Kelly, Chairman, Tech Nation @SKellyCEO

Guest: Ido Erlichman, CEO, Kape Technologies @ErlichmanIdo

Ido Erlichman, CEO of Kape Technologies shares the inside track on Kape Technologies’ rise on AIM. Ido shares his advice on how to successfully transform your company while remaining public and leveraging AIM to help grow your business both organically and through acquisition. Hear from Ido on how public company leaders can deliver scale-up success.

Available on Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music. Search London Stock Exchange to listen.

What’s driving tech IPOs in London

Host: Stephen Kelly, Chairman, Tech Nation @SKellyCEO

Neil Shah, Senior Business Development Manager, London Stock Exchange @neilshahuk

Charlie Walker, Group Head of Equity and Fixed Income, London Stock Exchange @lseplc

Will 2021 be a record year for tech IPOs in London? LSEG’s Charlie Walker and Neil Shah reveal why large and early-stage tech and tech-enabled companies are flocking to London to fund their growth plans.

Available on Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music. Search London Stock Exchange to listen.

Trustpilot: Behind its London IPO

Host: Stephen Kelly, Chairman, Tech Nation @SKellyCEO

Peter Holten Mühlmann, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Trustpilot @Peter_Muhlmann

What doors have opened for Danish tech unicorn Trustpilot since its London IPO? We hear from Peter Holten Mühlmannon decisions made along the way, brand credibility and London’s long-term investor base.

Available on Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music. Search London Stock Exchange to listen.

Stand out with a London IPO

Starting to explore your tech IPO options? Get in touch with a member of the LSEG team today to learn why a London partnership ensures a more supportive listing experience than any other international exchange – and how we can help you to build a smarter, more sustainable growth strategy.

Email neil.shah@lseg.com

Neil Shah

Tech Sector Specialist

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