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IPO procedures in Europe : the development of practices and perspectives

Abstract : Because IPO mechanisms determine the initial trading price and the allocation of newly listed firms’ shares, they have financial and strategic consequences for shareholders. For that reason, it is of interest to analyse the relative advantages and disadvantages of the different procedures made available to candidate firms. A survey of listing practices in fifteen European countries shows the increasing prominence of book-building. Although this IPO mechanism is probably the only way to go public for young and risky firms that could not list otherwise, auctions run by exchanges may enhance the competitiveness and efficiency of the primary markets for issuers and investors. Further, in the prospect of integrated European stock markets, it appears necessary to pursue the harmonisation of IPO procedures and listing requirements that has started with the enforcement of the Prospectus Directive.
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Emmanuel Boutron, Jean-François Gajewski, Carole Gresse, Florence Labégorre. IPO procedures in Europe : the development of practices and perspectives. Revue d'économie financière, Association d'économie financière 2006, 82 (1), pp.89 - 105. ⟨10.3406/ecofi.2006.4439⟩. ⟨hal-01528573⟩



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