The Investment Exchanges and Clearing Houses Bill, which went through all of its House of Commons stages yesterday, has the feel of emergency legislation, akin to wartime measures, with cross-party support carrying it rapidly towards Royal Assent. The bill addresses the danger that the London Stock Exchange, the main supplier of a public equity capital market to UK plc, could find itself saddled with regulatory baggage that makes it much less attractive to both its broker and issuer customers - and leaves its small and mid-cap companies casting around for an acceptable alternative trading venue.
House of Commons Research paper
Investment Exchanges Bill
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