Broad reform to listing regimes, growing ESG scrutiny, and increasing retail participation in fundraisings are among the areas to watch.

By Chris Horton, James Inness, Anna Ngo, and Johannes Poon

Last year was memorable for UK equity capital markets (ECM). The IPO market was at its busiest since 2014, and we encountered innovative deal structures such as the emergence of special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) in the UK, direct listings, and growing retail participation in fundraisings. In addition, the government and regulators embraced a radical and dynamic reform agenda, bolstering prospects for UK ECM.

Many of these trends are expected to continue in 2022. This Client Alert examines the top five legal and regulatory issues that will most likely impact ECM and listed companies and provides a timeline for the key regulatory developments.