Investors cheer as pandemic forces IPO acceleration

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By Aidan Gregory, Sam Kerr
04 Jun 2020

The coronavirus pandemic may have inadvertently solved one of the longest-running complaints about Europe’s equity capital markets: the time it takes to do an IPO. And many in the market hope this is a permanent change, write Sam Kerr and Aidan Gregory.

For years, equity market participants have complained about how time consuming and difficult it is to take a company public in Europe. From start to finish European deals can take over four weeks, exposing all involved to a great deal of market risk.

But the pandemic, with ...

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