International best practice and a cost-effective structure – together with the backdrop of Barbados’ comprehensive tax & investment treaty network – combine to position the International Securities Market (ISM) as the global exchange of the future in the Western Hemisphere.

Value Proposition

Listing Benefits

Growth Facilitation

  • access capital and future financing
  • strengthen your financial structure
  • add value to your corporate brand
  • graduate to global capital markets

International Business Management

  • build deep roots in a premiere jurisdiction for international business
  • flexibility of issuing non-voting instruments to retain control of your company
  • create attractive employee incentive mechanisms

Global Standards

  • electronic clearing & settlement
  • BSE an affiliate member of the World Federation of Exchanges
  • BSE designated as a recognised stock exchange by HMRC in the U.K.
  • ANNA/ISIN compliant
  • Fully SWIFT compatible

No security can list on the ISM without the appointment of a Listing Sponsor. Listing Sponsors conduct the requisite due diligence to ensure that your business is ready for a listing on the market.

The due diligence requirement is in place to satisfy 3 different groups:

  1. Stock Exchange: The Barbados Stock Exchange (BSE) intends to conduct high-quality business with market actors. The due diligence process is a preventative measure – it ensures the ISM is inaccessible to criminal or other nefarious organizations.
  2. Issuers: A thorough due diligence process ensures the Issuer has the requisite qualifications for a listing. It will also assist the management and directors of the Issuer to understand the nature of the listing and the accompanying responsibilities.
  3. Investors: By completing the necessary steps to list on the Exchange, an issuer can firmly demonstrate its commitment to transparency and good governance – a sign to investors the world-over that they can transact in good faith on the ISM.

All Issuers are regulated by the ISM’s General Listing Requirements (Rule 4400) and Continued Listing Requirements (Rule 5000).

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