First North – An Easier Way to Gain Access to the Capital Markets
Meet Marie Elvesol (Parck) and Malin Norell from the Global Listing Services team at Nasdaq. Marie and Malin are talking about our growth market First North and how this market makes it easier for companies to be listed and gain access to the capital markets. Learn more about how the market works and the benefits of going public.
How to join?
A company can join Nasdaq First North regardless of the country of origin or industry sector. A key factor for success is that there is investor interest for the company’s share. The Nordic region boasts the largest retail presence in the world per capita, with small private investors and professional investors taking an active role in the market. When you consider joining Nasdaq First North, marketplace staff can offer information about the different options. The representative that guides the company through the application process is a Certified Adviser. Before trading in the share can commence, an application must be submitted to the Exchange for approval. It is then the Certified Adviser that ensures that the company fulfills the requirements of Nasdaq First North on a continuing basis.
The admission criteria for companies joining Nasdaq First North are laid out in detail in the Nasdaq First North Rulebook. The overall admission requirements are the following:
- Conditions for a sufficient supply and demand:
- Sufficient number of shareholders; and
- at least 10% of the share capital in public hands; or
- acquire the services of a Liquidity Provider
- Publication of a Company Description/Prospectus
- The company must at all times have an agreement with a Certified Adviser
- The company must accept and sign the general terms and conditions for admission to trading on Nasdaq First North
- The Company must possess the organization and staff required in order to comply with the requirements regarding disclosure of information to the market
Nasdaq First North Premier
To better support our customers, we have created a special segment called First North Premier. This segment is designed to further assist companies on First North in raising higher investor visibility and thereby increased liquidity. It also acts to support companies in becoming more investor friendly, and to prepare for a main market listing.
First North Premier is a segment targeted to companies that make a conscious decision to comply with higher disclosure and accounting standards than the regular First North rules. This imposes higher demands on transparency which brings benefits to both listed companies and investors.
Segment qualification for First North Premier
To be placed in the First North Premier segment, companies have to apply IFRS for accounting and financial reports and have at least one reviewed financial report (for example a quarterly report or a semi-annual report) prepared in accordance with IFRS.
Companies on Premier are committed to following the main market disclosure rules.
How to apply
The application process for being included in the Premier segment is simple. The company and its Certified Adviser fill in an application form and forward it to the exchange for approval. The approval process normally takes 10 days.
- Nasdaq First North Rulebook and application form (Appendix) »
- Companies traded at First North Premier »
Changes in the Nasdaq First North Premier segment on 1 January 2016
Nasdaq First North Bond Market
Nasdaq First North 25 Index
The First North 25 index is launched October 15, 2015, and is an important part of Nasdaq’s continuous efforts to provide the leading platform for growth companies.
By launching First North 25, Nasdaq wants to highlight the growing investment opportunities on Nasdaq First North to a broader group of investors, and provide further visibility for companies included in the index.
All companies that wish to join Nasdaq First North must appoint a Certified Adviser (CA) in association with the application process. The Certified Advisers role is to guide the company through the application process. The Certified Adviser also has the obligation to provide support and ensure that the company continuously meets the requirements associated with having shares admitted to trading on Nasdaq First North. Furthermore, the Certified Adviser is compelled to constantly monitor the company’s compliance with the rules of Nasdaq First North, and report any transgression to the Exchange.
Certified Advisers Trading Rules
The company approved as a Certified Adviser may not own more than 10 percent of the shares or voting rights in a company to which they provides advice. In conjunction with the publication of the reports of unaudited annual earnings figures and semi-annual reports, Certified Advisers must provide the Exchange with information about their holdings in those companies to which they provide advice. An employee who is involved in the function as Certified Adviser to a company shall not be allowed to trade in the shares of that company.
- CA's shareholdings March 1, 2013
- CA's shareholdings September 1, 2013
- CA's shareholdings March 1, 2007 Stockholm (PDF, 35 kb)
- CA´s shareholdings September 1, 2007 Stockholm (PDF, 40 kb)