EBRD and Ljubljana Stock Exchange step up support for SME listings

By EBRD  Press Office
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EBRD and Ljubljana Stock Exchange step up support for SME listings

  • EBRD launches SME Pre-Listing Support Programme in Slovenia with Ljubljana Stock Exchange
  • Programme will enable SMEs to access capital market
  • Project of the Securities Market Agency is funded by the European Commission under the Structural Reform Support Service

The EBRD is boosting its support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Slovenia in partnership with the European Union, as part of a project of the Securities Market Agency (AVTP),

The Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ljubljana Stock Exchange (LJSE) today on the provision of advisory support to eligible SMEs on the successful listing and issuance of bonds.

The SME Pre-Listing Support Programme will start as a pilot project in Slovenia on 2 July for a period of 24 months. The objective is to support SMEs to access capital market finance through initial public offerings or the issuance of corporate bonds. The programme, with a budget of €250,000, is supported by the European Commission Structural Reform Support Service, the EBRD, the Securities Market Agency of Slovenia (ATVP) and the Ljubljana Stock Exchange.

Interested SMEs can apply for admission to the programme with an expression of interest between 2 July and 31 August. A shortlist of up to three SMEs will be drawn up and the successful candidates will receive technical assistance and advice tailored to their specific needs for capital market funding over a period of up to 18 months.

The signing took place in the presence of Vedrana Jelušić Kašić, EBRD Regional Director for Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary and the Slovakia Republic, Vinka Jelavić,  Policy Officer, Financial Sector and Access to Finance Cluster, Structural Reform, Support Service of the European Commission (EC), Aleš Ipavec, CEO of the LJSE, Mr. MILOŠ ČAS, Director of ATVP.

The programme is implemented under the EBRD’s Small Business Initiative and Local Currency and Capital Markets Initiative.

More information about the EBRD SME Pre-Listing Support Programme is available at: http://www.ljse.si/cgi-bin/jve.cgi?doc=19630.