The team at First Sentinel are here to help you balance the intensity of the IPO process and its rigorous due diligence demands with the ongoing successful running of your business. We can handle a wide spectrum of IPO needs in-house, including:

Commercial / strategic advice

Raising capital

IPO Transaction Management

An introduction to the Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE)

The Aquis Stock Exchange is a challenger market for debt and equity securities. It’s divided into the AQSE Main Market and the AQSE Growth Market and has a total market capitalisation of £1.5bn.

The AQSE Growth Market is a multilateral trading facility with a flexible approach that makes it more suitable for SME companies seeking access to investment than the AQSE Main Market, a pan-European trading system designed to rival the FTSE 100.

The Growth Market is divided into two segments – Access and Apex – with different levels of admission criteria appropriate to different stages of a company’s growth cycle. The Access market focuses on earlier stage growth companies and is a good stepping stone to other markets, while Apex is the intended market for larger, more established businesses.

Why list on AQSE Growth Market?

  • Ability to move very quickly, with an approximate timeline of 8-12 weeks from the beginning of the process to listing
  • AQSE-listed companies only require a Corporate Adviser – this is a quicker and more cost-effective option than appointing a Nominated Adviser (NOMAD) and a Broker as companies must do when listing on AIM
  • Suits entrepreneurial companies seeking a faster listing with lower ongoing obligations and costs

Suitable for companies with:

  • A minimum free float of 10%
  • 24 months of audited accounts (or since incorporation, whichever is shorter)
  • At least one non-executive director

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