U.K. push for more listings to lower bar on governance?

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Moves by the U.K.’s financial regulatory body to encourage companies to list in London might fail to deliver or send mixed messages about the value placed on corporate governance, according to experts.

On Dec. 20, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) released its proposals to simplify the U.K.’s listing regime to make it more accessible, effective, and competitive.

London’s attractiveness as a place to list has waned since Brexit was completed, with the city losing out to U.S. and European exchanges. If the proposals are adopted, the FCA said it expects the new listing regime would go live early in the second half of 2024.

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