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Baker & McKenzie Study Reveals Key Factors To Consider When Listing Securities Abroad

CHICAGO, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Baker & McKenzie has released a global survey report examining the key economic, timing, and financial factors influencing cross-border listings of securities around the world. Cross-Border Listings 2012 shares the findings of a recently conducted survey of corporate executives and investment bankers, along with insight from the Firm's Securities partners and others, and provides a roadmap for companies and financial advisors as they consider various listing options. The report is available at www.bakermckenzie.com/crossborderlisting/.

"As stock exchanges compete to attract more listings, our clients have more choices than ever before when deciding where to raise capital," said Amar Budarapu, Chair of Baker & McKenzie's Global Securities practice. " New York, London, and Hong Kong continue to vie for the top spot, and each of them has revisited or recently eased certain regulatory requirements. As a result, companies are no longer limiting capital-raising options solely to their home jurisdictions."

The survey, conducted by mergermarket in the second and third quarters of 2012 on behalf of Baker & McKenzie, consisted of interviewing 200 corporate executives and investment bankers who have been involved in a cross-border listing within the last five years. The resulting summary provides insight into the challenges they faced, and the benefits they achieved in specific markets. The report also includes eight steps to conducting a successful cross-border listing.

Survey Highlights Changing Global Dynamics

Survey respondents predict that the New York Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange will continue to be strong performers, especially with regard to cross-border listings. However, while luxury goods companies continue to look to Hong Kong, mining, energy and technology companies are exploring alternatives.

"Companies are also keeping an eye on London as the United Kingdom is taking a cue from the United States and considering new rules that would make the LSE more attractive to start-ups," said Edward Bibko, Head of Capital Markets in EMEA. "Similar to the rules recently implemented under the US JOBS Act, regulators would reduce the number of shares a company is required to offer when listing on the LSE. This could help keep London from losing a large chunk of technology listings to New York."

The survey also looked at obstacles companies were facing in deciding where to list. Among current global economic factors, market participants saw the European sovereign debt crisis as the biggest deterrent to conducting a cross-border listing (54%), followed by stalled growth in emerging markets (23%), and slow recovery in the United States (19%). The regulatory regime within a specific market can be a significant concern as well. Survey respondents view China's regulatory regime with the most concern, followed by the United States and the United Kingdom.

In some cases, survey respondents indicated that the exchange where they listed was not meeting their needs and they considered delisting. Investment banking respondents, who have exposure to a range of companies in this regard, named insufficient liquidity (76%) as a reason for delisting, followed by high fees/costs (54%) and strict governance and compliance requirements (52%).

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