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Simon Haslam, Chief Executive Officer of Network International commenting on its listing on the Londo
April 14 · Issue #138 · View online
Simon Haslam, Chief Executive Officer of Network International commenting on its listing on the London Stock Exchange this week:
“I am delighted that Network International will join London Stock Exchange today through a Premium Listing on the Main Market, marking an exciting new stage in our journey. Over the past few weeks we have seen significant support from the investment community and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new shareholders, including Mastercard, onboard. I would also like to thank all our employees, whose hard work and dedication have got us to this point. I am confident that Network International is extremely well positioned for future growth with unique scale in the world’s most underpenetrated payments markets. The Middle East and Africa are at an early stage in the shift from cash to digital payments and our new listing on London Stock Exchange will enable all new shareholders to benefit from this structural growth opportunity.”

William Vereker, Prime Minister’s Business Envoy:
“I’m delighted that Network International has chosen London for its landmark listing. London is a thriving hub for the tech community who benefit from joining an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, advisers and investors, enabling leading companies across the globe to secure funding, scale-up and grow.”
London Stock Exchange is a leading venue for both technology and MEA companies. Network International’s listing represents a number of firsts for the technology sector and MEA region, including:
  • Largest ever MEA technology IPO listed on any exchange globally
  • Largest ever MEA IPO across all sectors on London Stock Exchange
  • Largest technology IPO listed on London Stock Exchange since Worldpay raised $2.8 billion in 2015
  • Largest MEA IPO listed on any exchange globally since Saudi National Commercial Bank raised $5 billion in 2014
  • Since 2014, technology companies on London Stock Exchange have raised over $37 billion in IPO and follow-on capital

Motive Podcasts
On the Future of Finance podcast, last week we heard from Annerie Vreugdenhil, Chief Innovation Officer for Wholesale Banking at ING Group and Chairwoman of Komgo, on what it takes for a big financial institution to innovate, think like a platform, and create a culture that embraces it.
There will be no podcast next week to give you a chance to catch up and re-listen over the Easter weekend. Watch this space though, as we have some very insightful and entertaining sessions in store for you!
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