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Preparing for your IPO
Partnering with the right team of experts ensures your company is ready to IPO intelligently.
Your expert team
We’ll appoint a dedicated project team to work alongside your advisors, book runner, and internal company secretarial, legal and finance teams.
Our professionals will provide bespoke support in the practical implementation of the appropriate governance and compliance infrastructure for your organisation. We can provide a custom technology suite to ensure your organisation is best positioned to manage the relevant regulatory, disclosure and governance code requirements.
Preparing for listing
We’ll advise on and support any pre-IPO capital re-organisation and lock-ins for key executives. We’ll design your share certificate, set up your security with Euroclear and build your initial share register.
We’ll enable your security and credit CREST accounts with new shares on admission. If we’re managing a lock-in, we’ll work with your investment bank/advisor to facilitate the sell-down.
Innovative technology tailored to your needs
Your shareholders will have access to self-service digital technology with Computershare’s advanced digital platform, Investor Centre. As a newly listed company you’ll be able to manage and interrogate shareholder data securely and conveniently with our Issuer Online platform.
Support for your newly public company
As you navigate life as a newly listed public company, Computershare has you covered with a wide range of intelligent solutions supporting registry and governance needs and requirements.
Governance advisory / company secretary supportLearn More
We can combine practical and professional support with our market-leading technology to manage your board meetings, annual report content, insider lists, disclosure requirements and legal entity compliance, to help maintain your governance framework. The scope of this support depends on your needs. For global companies, this can often include the complete outsourcing of your global managed services for entity management.
Ongoing registry managementLearn More
We have decades of experience delivering shareholder services, offering technology-enabled solutions and professional services tailored to your needs – all delivered with enhanced security.
Holding a successful first annual meetingLearn More
Your dedicated account team will guide you through your first annual meeting – which can be an in-person, virtual or hybrid event. We will work with you to ensure your meeting meets the correct requirements and guarantee the votes are collated with accuracy and timing. If required, you can have access to online vote reporting which is updated intraday – a service unique to Computershare.
Engage employees with an equity planLearn More
Whether you need help with a discretionary plan or an all-employee stock purchase plan, we administer the solution that is right for your company while providing your employees with convenient access to their holdings; real time trading and 24/7 telephony support from the UK.
The future: moving forward with confidence
Computershare will ensure that you can take every step with confidence knowing that we will guide and support you as you grow and evolve.
Proxy solicitationLearn More
Our in-house experts at Georgeson (a Computershare company) will guide you through your first annual general meeting. They can advise you on how to engage with your shareholders ahead of time and how they are likely to vote. Georgeson can also help you anticipate what proxy advisors will think of your annual meeting agenda and map out how investors have voted in the final days before the voting deadline. If you were to face off against a shareholder activist, Georgeson would be your partner in defending you from an activist’s approach.
Implementing and advancing your ESG agendaLearn More
ESG efforts and initiatives will now be high on your agenda, and have a permanent role in your world as a public company. Our ESG advisory services help you understand your own unique ESG landscape, advance your ESG practices, and communicate with investors effectively.
Corporate actionsLearn More
To continue your growth, you’ll also need the option of being able to handle future mergers and acquisitions. You will therefore need a partner who can make any corporate action happen, no matter the size, scale or geography of the transaction. Working with Computershare means you get a partner with decades of experience managing every type of event and transaction, no matter how unique or complex.
Global capital marketsLearn More
As you potentially consider expansion into new geographies, having a partner with extensive access to global capital markets and expertise in jurisdictions worldwide will be a significant advantage. Whether you need to manage your listing in multiple markets, move securities across borders rapidly, or stay ahead of regulatory and market issues, Computershare has solutions to connect you and your investors to global markets.
Want to list an overseas company?
If your company is incorporated outside the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, listing rules do not allow your stock to be directly registered, transferred or settled through CREST, the UK settlement system.
We help you to overcome this obstacle, opening you up to UK investors without the need to move your country of incorporation.
We do this by creating a legal structure that allows an entitlement to your shares (called a Depositary Interest (DI)) to be settled as a UK security. Depositary Interests are admissible to CREST and can support your listing on the London Stock Exchange (Main Market or AIM) and on Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE).
We're the clear market leader for companies listing via a DI:
- We manage 67% of DIs in issue
- We've set up DIs for companies in 30 jurisdictions
- We provide access for you to report on your DI register through our secure portal
- We offer a flexible approach to delivering a structure that meets your needs
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Meet our IPO team
With almost 200 years' experience between them, our specialist team is here to guide you every step of the way.
Client Solutions Director > Computershare Investor ServicesMore details
Client Solutions Director > Computershare Investor ServicesCecilia has 20 years' experience in the financial services sector and leads our IPO and new business activity in the UK. Cecilia has provided senior oversight on over 60 client IPOs which includes RHI Magnesita NV, Jackpot Joy plc and Convatec Group plc, along with numerous switch wins which includes Mediclinic Plc and Smith & Nephew Plc. T: +44 (0)370 889 0061 Cecilia.Williams@computershare.co.uk
Client Solutions Director > Computershare Investor ServicesMore details
Client Solutions Director > Computershare Investor ServicesAndrew has over 15 years’ experience in corporate communications. His considerable relationship management and business development experience within the Financial Services sector is helping Computershare build strong, enduring and productive relationships with clients and advisers at every part of the IPO journey. Andrew.Lyons1@computershare.co.uk
Business Development Manager > Computershare Investor ServicesMore details
Business Development Manager > Computershare Investor ServicesChris offers our clients over 30 years’ experience in the share registry industry, and specialises in IPO transactions on the AIM and main market of the London Stock Exchange for both UK and overseas incorporated companies. Chris works with our clients and their advisors in the vital early planning stages and appoints our client team to ensure a smooth execution and delivery. T: +44 (0)370 703 6025 Chris.Guy@computershare.co.uk
Head Of Business Development > Corporate ActionsMore details
Head Of Business Development > Corporate ActionsBen has over 30 years’ experience in the share registration industry. He advises on operational requirements and pricing for Corporate Actions for our UK and offshore clients, as well as managing receiving agent requirements for IPOs. T: +44 (0)370 703 0338 Ben.Carpanini@computershare.co.uk
Associate Director > Computershare Plan ManagersMore details
Associate Director > Computershare Plan ManagersStuart has over 20 years’ experience in employee share plans for a range of FTSE 100 companies including British Airways, HSBC, Kingfisher, Rio Tinto and Orange. T: +44 (0)370 702 6254 Stuart.Bailey@computershare.co.uk
Director, Client Management > Channel Island TrusteesMore details
Director, Client Management > Channel Island TrusteesDominic is an expert in the implementation and administration of executive share plans and employee share plan trusts. He has over 20 years’ experience in various administration, management and sales roles both in Jersey and London. T: +44 7920 501 395 Dominic.Newby@computershare.co.uk
Cross-Border Solutions Director > Global Capital MarketsMore details
Cross-Border Solutions Director > Global Capital MarketsCharlie is a member of our Global Capital Markets team and has nearly 20 years’ experience in the share registration industry. He specialises in managing and advising on complex, high-profile and high-value UK and Cross-Border transactions - including IPOs and new listings, capital raisings, mergers, acquisitions and corporate reorganisations. T: +44 (0)370 703 0114 Charles.Hodge@computershare.co.uk
Sophie De Freitas
Client Relationship Director > Computershare Channel IslandsMore details
Sophie De Freitas
Client Relationship Director > Computershare Channel IslandsSophie is a Fellow of ICSA with over 25 years’ experience in financial services and a Jersey based board member. Sophie has extensive experience in dealing with IPOs and working with companies list on the London Stock Exchange and other regulated global stock exchanges with overall responsibility for over 250 client relationships.
Senior Client Manager > Depository InterestsMore details
Senior Client Manager > Depository InterestsMichelle has over 25 years’ registry experience and leads our client management team for Depositary Interest services for non-UK clients. T: +44 (0)370 703 6162 Michelle.Davies@computershare.co.uk
Client Services Director > Computershare IrelandMore details
Client Services Director > Computershare IrelandJoe has over 20 years’ experience in the share registration industry holding various senior positions in that time. Joe currently leads our client relationship teams who manage our corporate activity in Ireland. T: +353 1 216 3112 Ext.2633 Joe.Molony@computershare.ie
Senior Business Development Manager > Employee Share PlansMore details
Senior Business Development Manager > Employee Share PlansElliot has over 6 years’ experience in employee share plans and employee share plan engagement strategies, working with a range of FTSE350 clients as well as experience of working with clients throughout their IPO journey. Mobile: +44 (0) 7554 776 331 Elliot.Alexander@computershare.co.uk
Head of Market - UK & NordicsMore details
Head of Market - UK & NordicsAnthony joined the Georgeson corporate advisory team in 2016 and has worked on a number of large-cap M&A transactions including Takeda-Shire and Linde-Praxair, as well as several activism and proxy contest situations in Europe. Prior to Georgeson, Anthony spent 10 years at Loeb Aron & Co, a corporate finance boutique, where he was responsible for a broad range of advisory mandates including capital raising, debt-for-equity, new admissions and proxy contests. Anthony studied physics at the University of Leeds and is certified by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).
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