In 2015, public offerings of nearly US$10 billion of Bermuda companies’ securities were completed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or the NASDAQ Stock Exchange, more than double the amount of any other offshore jurisdiction (Source: Standard & Poors Capital IQ database of publicly available deal information). A number of successful initial public offerings (IPOs) of Bermuda companies have also completed on these exchanges recently. The IPO of Markit Ltd. (a leading global financial services provider) was ten times oversubscribed at US$1.3 billion, and the Axovant Sciences Ltd. IPO completed in June 2015 was the largest US IPO in the biotech sector for at least 20 years.
This activity continues a longstanding practice of Bermuda companies accessing North American capital markets through US stock exchanges. Currently, approximately 60 Bermuda companies maintain listings on the NYSE or NASDAQ, including companies such as:
Bermuda is also the preferred jurisdiction for more than 30% of the 1,500 companies listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In total, approximately 800 Bermuda companies are listed on various stock exchanges, including the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Stock Exchange of Singapore and the London Stock Exchange.
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This article was first published in Practical Law's Global Guide, 2015/2016