As at 30 June 2014, the aggregate market capitalisation of the Australian Securities Exchange (“ASX”) was about AUD$1.5 trillion. 1,948 domestic companies accounted for AUD$1.35 trillion capitalisation and 101 overseas companies with primary, secondary or exempt foreign listing status accounted for AUD$1.49 billion.

An ASX listing offers significant advantages, among them:

• Capital costs are lowered through access to the large pool of capital that surrounds the ASX.

• Existing owners and new investors alike gain liquidity for their investments.

• A range of opportunities for employee incentive schemes and other benefits become available.

While the benefits of an ASX listing are clear, the process of becoming listed may appear daunting. As this useful publication from DLA Piper explains, a significant amount of work is involved in becoming listed. However, the processes are clear and transparent. With the aid of experienced advisers, a well informed decision can be made on whether and when to list, and a viable and practical plan prepared for the project. ASX works closely with companies seeking listing and their advisers to ensure that any potential difficulties are identified and resolved as early as possible. We urge companies to make contact with us as early as practically possible.

With a good plan, good advice and careful coordination, suitable companies should achieve a successful listing with a minimum of fuss.

Please see full Guide below for more information.

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