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Guernsey 'Out In Front' On LSE Listings

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
14 January, 2016

Guernsey remains home to more non-UK entities listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) than any other jurisdiction globally, according to figures from the market authority.

LSE data shows that at the end of December 2015 there were 129 Guernsey-incorporated entities listed on the Main Market, Alternative Investment Market (AIM), and the Specialist Fund Market (SFM) - an increase of seven over the past 12 months.

This was significantly more than for other territories: Jersey (93), Ireland (54), the Isle of Man (54), the British Virgin Islands (43), Cayman (42), Bermuda (36), Russia (31), the United States (30), India (28), Australia (26), South Africa (7), Germany (5), China (4), and France (3).

Guernsey added 16 new entities to the LSE markets during 2015, which was also more than any other jurisdiction except the UK.

The Chief Executive of Guernsey Finance, Dominic Wheatley, said: "Having so many companies and securities on the exchange incorporated in Guernsey emphasises the significant expertise we have in the Island for London listings. The fact that Guernsey has been responsible for adding 16 new entities during 2015, which is double the number of our nearest competitor outside the UK, also reaffirms the high regard in which Guernsey's infrastructure and expertise continues to be held by professional advisers in the City of London and beyond."

He then continued: "One of Guernsey's key strengths in facilitating global investment is the ability for Guernsey-incorporated entities to quickly and easily access a wide range of international capital markets. In addition to the LSE, companies incorporated in Guernsey can also list on other global exchanges including Euronext and markets in Australia, Johannesburg, Toronto, Frankfurt, New York and Hong Kong, as well as the local Channel Islands Securities Exchange."

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