European IPO hopefuls pray for trade war lull in rush to list

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By Sam Kerr
16 May 2019

Europe's equity capital markets are heading for a crunch. Companies are set to launch a batch of IPOs so they price before investors disappear for the summer. But escalating trade tensions between China and the US threaten to rob them of their chance, writes Sam Kerr.

Deals started in May will be priced towards the end of June. Anything launched later runs the risk of running into the summer, when investors are thin on the ground. But bankers are in a hurry to bring business to the market, having had a subdued year so ...

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