Liontrust forced to abandon ESG trust IPO in firm's 'first set back' in years

Failed to gain enough investor interest

Kathleen Gallagher
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Liontrust has abandoned the IPO of its ESG Trust, which had been pitted for 5 July, after failing to receive enough investor support, with commentators labeling the situation as "embarrassing" for the high-flying asset manager.

Liontrust, which had aimed to raise £150m, declined to disclose the exact level of commitment beyond the fact that it was "significant". In a statement John Ions, chief executive of Liontrust, said nearly 2,000 individual private investors "demonstrated their confidence in the investment proposition" and that Liontrust were disappointed they would not "get the chance to repay their faith through an investment trust after everyone worked so hard to secure its launch." "It is a bit embarrassing for Liontrust," said Ben Yearsley, investment consultant at Fairview Investing. "They have be...

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