London Stock Exchange

Exchange entity London Stock Exchange
Conducts business in United Kingdom
Number of listed companies (dec./16, WFE) See London Stock Exchange Group
Domestic market capitalization (in Millions USD, Dec./16) See London Stock Exchange Group
Has signed the SSE Commitment Letter? Yes
Has prepared SSE Communication to Stakeholders? Yes
Requires ESG reporting as a listing rule? No
  • Listing rules are set by the regulator not the LSE. In the UK the changes to the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors Report) regulations came into effect on 1 October 2013. They mean extra reporting on greenhouse gas emissions, human rights and diversity within the front half of the annual report. Source
Offers written guidance on ESG reporting? Yes
Offers ESG related training?
  • Through FTSE, who is wholly owned by LSEG, detailed ESG ratings and data are provided to the investment community globally.  These are presented at a variety of investor conferences globally and FTSE works with asset owners, asset managers and banks to develop tailor custom ESG services. Source
  • UK Companies and the Global Environmental Challenge (with CDP, 2014)
Provides sustainability-related indices? Yes;
Has green bond listings? Yes
Additional Information
Organizational model of stock exchange
  • Listed company for profit; demutualized in UK in 2000
Regulatory bodies Additional details here
Regulatory model
  • Government (Statutory) Model The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is responsible for regulating the financial services markets, exchanges and firms. They have full listing authority in the UK, and have full power to monitor the markets. The FCA looks after conduct, competition and actions that occur on the London Stock Exchange. This would thus be considered a Government (Statutory) Model. According to the Commissione Nazionale per le Societa e la Borsa (CONSOB), they have been given full authority to regulate the operation of Italian markets. CONSOB was created out of Italian legislature in 1998. According to the Borsa Italia website they oversee transaction activities, rules and procedures for admission and listing, and supervise company disclosure. Thus, in this respect, it may be considered Limited Exchange SRO Model.
About the stock exchange
  • Location: London, United Kingdom London Stock Exchange is one of the world’s oldest stock exchanges and can trace its history back more than 300 years. London Stock Exchange Group was created in October 2007 when London Stock Exchange merged with Milan Stock Exchange, Borsa Italiana. Source
Ownership of Exchange (Shares >4% only) Share
Borse Dubai Ltd. 20.71%
Qatar Investment Authority 15.40%
Fidelity Investments 5.00%
Lindsell Train Ltd. 4.40%