The core of our public markets investment business is to identify and support the best high-growth companies, typically within the UK and EU scaleup communities. Our funding model involves direct investment supported by small and mid market public financing up to £25m, and to give companies access to growth-oriented capital markets that transcend the venture ecosystem. Our focus is to provide liquidity and the greatest returns for all stakeholders. We do this by participating in each investment, and we remain invested alongside other shareholders to give support as the company grows.
We have advised companies from the UK and Europe, and as far away as Asia, on dual listings and stock market financing by direct IPO or cash-shell deals, and we lead pre-IPO and private investment rounds. We maintain strong links with international stock markets in London, Canada and Australia to bring the greatest value to ambitious companies.
Companies that receive our support will benefit from our extensive network of associates including experienced legal advisers, investment banks and panel-approved audit firms that bring expertise to each transaction in our core jurisdictions. This ensures we assemble the most effective team to support each client when we invest and when we advise.
More than 40,000 companies are listed on stock exchanges worldwide, accessing capital and benefitting from enhanced visibility to investors and to the broader marketplace. There is a common misconception that a company should be particularly large before entering the public markets. We work with scaleup companies that typically believe they must pitch to VC's for capital, and we support them with our public capital markets investment model.
Scaleup companies choose to list on venture-stage stock markets to raise capital for accelerated growth. Often this is to finance negative burn or to expand by acquisition, or as part of a strategic exit strategy - and usually to raise the profile of the company at the same time. Through accessing the public capital markets across jurisdictions, a scaleup company can leverage its capabilities and accelerate growth in revenues and market penetration. The benefits of listing your company are varied and numerous, and with the support of Axial Capital you can take your company to the next phase of success.
There are active markets across major international hubs offering liquidity and broader exposure, all of which can enhance the value and visibility of your company. We focus on London, North American and Australian markets particularly, with an investment model that supports scale-up companies through their early phases of growth. The right market can offer a venture capital style environment for growth funding, with the benefit of greater depth and breadth in the investor base.
Each stock market is designed to meet the particular needs of companies depending upon their size and growth potential, and we appraise each transaction on this basis when we advise or offer terms of investment. Ultimately your business will scale and mature over time, and the progression to new or even additional stock exchanges will be part of the journey you can take with your company.