Under Margaret Thatcher’s government in the mid 1980s, the City of London underwent a wave of financial deregulation, including the abolition of fixed commission charges and the movement to an entirely electronic system of share trading. 35 years later, in early 2021, a report conducted by Lord Jonathan Hill and commissioned by the UK Chancellor…

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On March 15th, 2021, Deliveroo confirmed its intention to undertake an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). With the last round of private funding providing a valuation of over 5 billion GBP, and rumours of a 7 billion GBP valuation target, the transaction has the potential to become one of the…

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Greensill Capital, a provider of working capital finance, is on the verge of insolvency after 10 billion USD of funding from Credit Suisse was frozen on Monday 1st March. With impacts on financial markets ranging from Switzerland to Australia, Greensill offers an insight into the interconnectedness of global financial markets. With the saga being far…

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OakNorth Bank Inc. is a digital bank that primarily lends to small and medium-sized companies, offering them financing solutions that are typically limited to larger firms who can access corporate banking services at traditional banks. In addition to loans and digital deposit products, OakNorth offers a forward-looking, cloud-based credit assessment platform that combines AI with…

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Over the last decade, index providers have been facing increased scrutiny into their operations as concern has been growing over the power they hold over markets. Whilst regulated in Europe since 2018, the situation differs in the US. Technically classed as data publishers, index providers face little scrutiny from financial regulators, leading some to question…

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The global market for financial information totals spending of over 23 billion GBP a year (Burton-Taylor International Consulting 2020) and, as explained below, is an important mechanism in ensuring the stability of financial markets and by extension the economies they operate in. If current projections are correct, the impact of climate and environmental change on financial…

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The traditional route for a company to go public is through an initial public offering (IPO). This is a long process whereby companies are required by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the US or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK to disclose extensive financial and business information. More recently, an alternate…

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Brexit has inflicted significant damage on the UK financial sector. Since the end of transition period last year, almost 6 billion EUR of EU share trading has shifted from London to the continent, leaving London with half its usual trading volume. Moreover, 1.2 trillion GBP of assets and 7,500 jobs have already been transferred to…

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