On July 9, 2015, the Board of IOSCO published a report titled SME Financing through Capital Markets, which provides recommendations for regulators to facilitate capital-raising by Small and Medium Enterprises in emerging markets. The report recognizes the obstacles facing SMEs in accessing market-based financing, and examines some of the successful measures applied by regulators to aid SMEs in accessing capital markets. Successful regulatory frameworks and measures include establishing separate equity and fixed income markets with regulatory requirements tailored to SMEs, establishing market advisor and market-making systems and introducing alternative methods of financing such as private equity, venture capital and securitization. The IOSCO Board will have a roundtable on the issue of SME access to market-based finance at its next meeting in Toronto in October 2015.

The report is available at: http://www.iosco.org/library/pubdocs/pdf/IOSCOPD493.pdf.