This article first appeared in the July 2022 issue of PLC Magazine.

On 26 May 2022, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a new discussion paper (DP 22/2) (discussion paper) seeking views on how to further reform the UK listing regime and related Listing Rules. The aim of the proposed measures is to broaden access to listing and make the UK listing regime simpler to understand, while still maintaining high standards of disclosure.

Among other potential reforms, the FCA is consulting on the merging of the existing standard and premium segments of the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) Main Market to form a new single listing segment for equity shares of commercial companies. The discussion paper is open to public consultation until 28 July 2022. The FCA will then provide feedback and consider whether to issue a further consultation paper before it makes any formal proposals.

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