Capital markets: Market values
It has now been five years since the adoption of the US Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Although the corporate scandals that spurred the introduction of the Act have receded from the headlines, Sarbanes-Oxley and the compliance requirements it imposes remain fresh in the minds of non-US companies and their advisers. Concerns about US regulation have arguably resulted in fewer non-US companies accessing the US public markets. Certainly, the statistics have shown a decline in US exchanges' market share of initial public offerings by non-US companies, but recent reforms may stem this decline.
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