From a technology service provider’s perspective, it appears there is a growing demand for fintech solutions in Asia. “In Asia, we have seen increased interest in our technology enabled solutions that underpin the entire transaction life cycle,” Guy Rowcliffe, head of Asia Pacific for NEX Optimisation, tells AAM.
There are still many benefits to going public, including access to capital through a wider range of investors and an increased profile. “There are clear advantages to having a public price for your shares,” said Patrick Birley, chief executive of NEX Exchange, a rival to AIM, which counts Arsenal football club and brewer Shepherd Neame among its constituents. “It’s easier to incentivise management. It makes an exit process much more straightforward.”