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Initial public offerings

Keep up to date with companies looking to come to market as sentiment recovers after years in the doldrums

Conergy back to profit and seeks listing

Solar power company expects 50% capacity growth in 2015

Liberum chief Stilwell to leave bank

Executive chairman Le Prevost to take over as CEO

Wood Mackenzie seeks £2bn listing

Energy consultancy valuation adds to pressure on bidders

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The legend of Silicon Valley’s unicorns

Tech companies are raising private money through financing rounds rather than IPOs

Aldermore takes lead in race to float

Challenger bank reviving IPO in bid to dodge election turbulence

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China savings bank pitches pre-IPO stakes

Listing could raise as much as Alibaba’s $25bn

01/12/14. DFS GEARS UP FOR CHRISTMAS. Picture shows DFS’s craftsmen and women hand making sofas as it responds to consumer demand for British design and craftsmanship in the run up to Christmas. The company’s three UK-based upholstery factories and two wood mills will see output increase by 25% and the number of pieces to increase to 53,000 over the festive season. The increase in output will also see them complete in excess of 700,000 quality control checks as each sofa will receive 14 individual checks. DFS’ team of craftsmen and women will hand make over 53,000 pieces of upholstered furniture in the company’s three UK based upholstery factories in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire and two wood mills in the run up to Christmas CREDIT: DANIEL LYNCH. 07941 594 556. www.lynchpix.co.uk

DFS sets price range for flotation

Soft furnishings retailer’s IPO plans hit by weakening demand

The start-ups poisoned by too much money

Late-stage private companies have not endured the scrutiny of the IPO process, writes Bill Gurley

Europe equity surges to issuance record

Region leads the world for the first time since 2005

Revolution Bars plans return to market

Latest company to join pre-election rush to float in London

Aldermore and Shawbrook race to list first

Competition to list intensifies as banks vie for investors’ cash

Rocket Internet seeks €600m fresh equity

Ecommerce group has invested €1bn of its €1.4bn IPO proceeds

Aena IPO is Spain’s largest since 2007

Airports group chief says investors appreciate Spanish recovery

Aena to be Spain’s second-biggest IPO

World’s largest airports operator to be privatised by Madrid

01/12/14. DFS GEARS UP FOR CHRISTMAS. Picture shows DFS’s craftsmen and women hand making sofas as it responds to consumer demand for British design and craftsmanship in the run up to Christmas. The company’s three UK-based upholstery factories and two wood mills will see output increase by 25% and the number of pieces to increase to 53,000 over the festive season. The increase in output will also see them complete in excess of 700,000 quality control checks as each sofa will receive 14 individual checks. DFS’ team of craftsmen and women will hand make over 53,000 pieces of upholstered furniture in the company’s three UK based upholstery factories in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire and two wood mills in the run up to Christmas CREDIT: DANIEL LYNCH. 07941 594 556. www.lynchpix.co.uk

Sofa.com attracts private equity investor

CBPE pays £40m-£50m as rival furniture makers prepare IPOs

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Woodford taps start-ups with fund launch

Star manager’s investment trust seeks to raise £200m in April IPO

GSK upbeat despite sales and profit drop

Drugmaker beats expectations as respiratory business struggles

Wizz Air aims to raise €150m in IPO

Low-cost airline looks to lower borrowing cost

LendInvest set to debut on LSE

Mortgage crowdfunder first P2P lender to go public in UK

Shake Shack soars to $1.7bn on debut

Shares in burger chain leap from $21 issue price to $47 opening

Shake Shack burgers valued at $745m

High-end American chain sells shares above range at $21

Spotify hires Goldman to raise near $500m

Funding round could value streaming company at $7bn

Alibaba denies misleading investors

Chinese regulator says group failed to reveal counterfeits probe

GrandVision eyes €1bn Euronext flotation

Optical retailer’s IPO plans to test investor sentiment for year

DFS GEARS UP FOR CHRISTMAS. Picture shows DFS’s craftsmen and women hand making sofas as it responds to consumer demand for British design and craftsmanship in the run up to Christmas.

DFS close to seeking London IPO

Float would be first high-profile listing of a retailer this year

Spain to float airports operator Aena

Madrid expected to sign off on plan to raise €4bn

Intesa eyes IPO of private bank

Italian lender aims to grow through deal for international brand

Oil’s dip puts brakes on Middle East IPOs

EY report suggests groups will be patient until markets stabilise

John Laing confirms London float plans

IPO poised to value infrastructure group at up to £1bn

John Laing poised for stock market return

Henderson set to announce plans to float UK infrastructure group

CVC plans $4.9bn Sunrise listing

IPO could value Swiss telecoms operator at SFr5bn

Egyptian medical group to list in London

Integrated Diagnostics Holdings is expected to raise about £200m

IPOs: floating away

An enticing menu, but the diners may be full

HSS Hire seeks £100m from London float

Equipment rental company plans to reduce debt

Revived Box IPO to test investor appetite

Cloud storage company hopes to raise $150m in US listing

Market volatility threat to London listings

Companies waiting to float are put off by geopolitical risks

Thetrainline.com set for £500m IPO

Online booking group poised to be first tech float of the year

Danny Meyer cooks up Shake Shack listing

Burger chain looks to tap into investor enthusiasm for US IPOs

Chinese brokerages rush to raise capital

Citic Securities and Guosen among those tapping booming equity markets

Warning signs after bumper IPO year

Clouds on horizon after 1,205 listings raise $258bn globally

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