National roadshow for small cap companies

  • Six events to introduce small cap companies to private client investment managers

The London Stock Exchange, working in partnership with City Insights, the provider of private client investor relations services, and international law firm Eversheds, will hold a series of Growing Company Investor Days starting this week. The Investor Days will bring the senior management of quoted companies from around the country face-to-face with private client investment managers and regional pension funds. Six events will be held during the year; in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Manchester.

Tracey Pierce, Head of Equity Primary Markets at the London Stock Exchange, commented:

“The UK has one of the world's deepest pools of capital and liquidity supported by a diverse range of investors, factors that have played a vital part in the long-term success of the London markets and remain crucial today as equity capital plays an increasingly important role in the financing options available to issuers.

“Building long-term constructive relationships with investors is integral to a successful public quotation. This programme gives quoted companies across the UK additional support in establishing relationships with a wider range of professional investors, including regionally-managed pension funds and the private client investment community, and is part of a range of measures designed to enhance the visibility and liquidity of small and medium sized companies on our markets.”

Chris Munden, Managing Director of City Insights, added:

“Quoted companies of all sizes, from small caps to large multinationals, are increasingly looking to communicate with private client investment managers, not just in London but across the UK. These investors represent a very important part of any quoted company’s share register and, in many cases, can be hugely influential.

“We are delighted that the London Stock Exchange has again selected City Insights to partner them in hosting the 2009 Growing Companies Investor Days and we look forward to introducing a wide range of interesting companies to their local investor communities.”

Hannah Kendrick, corporate partner at Eversheds, added:

“Eversheds is committed to supporting businesses in these testing times and this includes assisting them in establishing and developing positive relationships with investors and exploring all available financing options. We are therefore very pleased to be working with the London Stock Exchange on the 2009 Growing Companies Investor Days.”

The Growing Company Investor Days will provide a valuable opportunity for UK private client investment managers to meet company management face-to-face. The meetings will give smaller and medium cap companies, which may receive less analyst and media coverage, an additional platform to put their investment cases to potential new investors. The schedule for the Investor Days is as follows:

Birmingham - 19 March 2009
Edinburgh - 23 April 2009
London - 18 June 2009
Leeds - 15 October 2009
Manchester - 19 November 2009
London - 1 December 2009

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For further information, please contact:

Catherine Mattison / Press Office +44 (0)20 7797 1222

Alastair Fairbrother newsroom@londonstockexchange.com

Notes for editors:

Private client investment managers or regional pension funds wishing to register for one of the days should call the City Insights team on 020 7920 3190.

About London Stock Exchange Group:

London Stock Exchange Group is Europe's leading diversified exchange business. It operates Europe's largest and most liquid equity market, holds the number one position in trading ETFs and securitised derivatives, and through its interest in MTS, is the leading platform for the trading of fixed income products.

The London Stock Exchange itself is the world's most international exchange with nearly 700 overseas companies from over 70 countries on its markets. It has consolidated this position in the last three calendar years, having attracted 218 international companies which raised over £32 billion between them. These figures include international companies on AIM, the London Stock Exchange's growth market, which has grown to become the world's most successful market for small and medium sized enterprises with over 1500 companies at the end of 2008.

Following its merger with Borsa Italiana in 2007, London Stock Exchange Group also now offers post-trade services such as netting, clearing and settlement on an efficient and competitive basis, and a comprehensive range of European bond trading services through MTS.

About Eversheds LLP:

Eversheds LLP and its world wide offices have over 3,500 legal and business advisers providing services to the private and public sector business and finance community. Access to all these services is provided through 44 international offices in 26 jurisdictions. Eversheds combines local market knowledge and access with the specialisms, resources and international capability of one of the world’s largest law firms.

http://www.eversheds.com