Adena Friedman, president and CEO of Nasdaq, speaks about "Maximizing Shareholder Value" at the 2017 Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” summit in Washington, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts Adena Friedman, president and CEO of Nasdaq, speaks about "Maximizing Shareholder Value" at the 2017 Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” summit in Washington, U.S., October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Ahead of Aramco IPO, Nasdaq says dual listing key for more liquidity

Tue, Feb. 13, 2018
Dubai – 13 February 2018: Chief executive of Nasdaq Adena Friedman said Monday that large companies with dual listings in different time zones can generate more liquidity from investors.

Speaking in Dubai at the annual World Government Summit, Friedman stressed the importance of companies being transparent and governments having stable fiscal policies so that investors know what they are investing in.

"If you can create that environment then you have created a great capital market. The stability comes from the fiscal and monetary policy of the government and predictability," Friedman said. "The best way to create (market) stability is to create predictability."

Friedman declined to comment on specific negotiations with the state-owned oil giant, but touted Nasdaq's more than 20-year history with Saudi Arabia's Tadawul stock exchange.

Nasdaq is one of several exchanges around the world competing for the international listing of Saudi oil giant Aramco.

Aramco's anticipated $100 billion listing, is set to take place on the Tadawul and possibly another exchange, gearing to be the largest initial public offering ever.

In December, Nasdaq signed an agreement with Tadawul to upgrade the Saudi exchange's infrastructure and technology.
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