You’ve made the decision to go public. Your financial, accounting and legal advisors have been secured. But to ensure the IPO runs smoothly, there’s one more critical step: align with a partner that will support you throughout the whole listing process with the right governance, compliance and register management in one place.

As the UK’s number 1 registrar for the 7th year running, Computershare is just the partner you need to help navigate the logistics of today as well as the demands of the future. We will ensure you’ll be ready to embrace the unexpected, so you can IPO intelligently.

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Preparing for your IPO

Partnering with the right team of experts ensures your company is ready to IPO intelligently.

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    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.

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    Governance ready

    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.

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    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.

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    Listing day

    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.

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    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.

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    Governance advisory / company secretary support

    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.

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    Ongoing registry management

    We have decades of experience delivering shareholder services, offering technology-enabled solutions and professional services tailored to your needs – all delivered with enhanced security.

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    Holding a successful first annual meeting

    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.

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    Engage employees with an equity plan

    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.

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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.

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    Proxy solicitation

    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.

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    Implementing and advancing your ESG agenda

    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.

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    Corporate actions

    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.

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    Global capital markets

    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.

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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.

  • Cecilia Williams

    Cecilia Williams

    Client Solutions Director > Computershare Investor Services

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  • Andrew Lyons

    Andrew Lyons

    Client Solutions Associate Director > Computershare Investor Services

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  • Chris Guy

    Chris Guy

    Business Development Manager > Computershare Investor Services

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  • Ben Carpanini

    Ben Carpanini

    Head Of Business Development > Corporate Actions

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  • Dominic Newby

    Dominic Newby

    Director, Client Management > Channel Island Trustees

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  • Charlie Hodge

    Charlie Hodge

    Cross-Border Solutions Director > Global Capital Markets

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  • Sophie De Freitas

    Sophie De Freitas

    Client Relationship Director > Computershare Channel Islands

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  • Michelle Davies

    Michelle Davies

    Senior Client Manager > Depository Interests

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  • Joe Molony

    Joe Molony

    Client Services Director > Computershare Ireland

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  • Elliot Alexander

    Elliot Alexander

    Senior Business Development Manager > Employee Share Plans

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  • Anthony Kluk

    Anthony Kluk

    Head of Market - UK & Nordics

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Considering going public? Then you’ll need a registrar.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you IPO Intelligently.

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