Fintech firm Wise prepares to launch direct London listing

British fintech firm Wise is planning to launch a direct listing on the London Stock Exchange as soon as this week pending regulatory approval, according to a source familiar with the transaction.

The exact timing of the listing depends on final approvals from regulators which means an announcement could yet be delayed until later in the month.

Sky News, who first reported on Tuesday that Wise could launch its listing this week, said the company could target a valuation of up to 9 billion pounds ($12.67 billion).

Wise is expected to use a dual-class share structure, which will give enhanced voting rights for co-founder Kristo Kaarman and some early stage investors, including Richard Branson and Baillie Gifford, the source said.

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are working on the listing.

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