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May Pitches for UK Aramco Listing on Saudi Trip

May Pitches for UK Aramco Listing on Saudi TripMay Pitches for UK Aramco Listing on Saudi Trip

UK Prime Minister Theresa May pitched London as a listing destination for Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering during her trip to Saudi Arabia, a UK government official said, as she seeks to promote Britain as a financial center after Brexit.

May met Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, who also heads state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Company, said the official, who asked not to be named as the meeting was private.

London Stock Exchange Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Xavier Rolet was also present at the meeting on Tuesday, Bloomberg reported.

Aramco is considering listing venues in the US, the UK and Asia, in addition to Riyadh, and is planning to choose local banks to advise on the Saudi listing, people familiar with those plans said in February.

“The sale could value Aramco at more than $2 trillion,” Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said.

An Aramco listing would be a boost to London, helping politicians make the case that the UK is open for business and remains a financial hub even as it leaves the European Union—and its single market.

In her discussions on the Middle East, May spoke of the UK’s depth of expertise in financial services and the supporting ecosystem of accounting and legal services, the official said.

The prime minister also pitched Britain’s investment opportunities.

May and Rolet also met with the Saudi Public Investment Fund officials on Wednesday, according to the UK government official. The meeting covered a high-level overview of UK investment opportunities with PIF Managing Director Yasir Al-Rumayyan.

 

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