LSE lobbying for London listing of SoftBank’s Arm – Bloomberg News

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July 21 (Reuters) – The London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group Plc (LSEG.L) is lobbying for a UK listing of SoftBank-owned chip technology firm Arm Ltd, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing the bourse’s Chief Executive Officer Julia Hoggett.

SoftBank (9984.T) has put on hold plans for a London initial public offering (IPO) for Arm – which supplies intellectual property in chips that power most of the world’s smartphones – because of the political turmoil in the UK government, the Financial Times reported on Monday. read more

Hoggett said that there is a “very compelling” case for Arm to have a dual primary listing in the UK, according to the Bloomberg report.

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SoftBank’s billionaire founder, Masayoshi Son, had told shareholders in June that he was in favor of a U.S. listing as most of British-based chip designer’s clients are based there. read more

SoftBank acquired Cambridge, England-based Arm for $32 billion in 2016.

LSE and SoftBank did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

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Reporting by Shanima A in Bengaluru; Editing by Rashmi Aich and Shailesh Kuber

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