Wise plans to go public in London via direct listing


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LONDON — British financial technology firm Wise said Thursday it expects to go public on the London Stock Exchange through a direct listing.

Wise, which was formerly known as TransferWise, said it was seeking a direct listing rather than an initial public offering as it doesn’t need to raise any fresh capital. Direct listings allow companies to go public without involving underwriters or issuing new shares.

The company said its stock market debut will be the first direct listing of a tech company in London.

Founded in 2010, Wise says it has…


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