Nasdaq Riga Welcomes Nexia Audit Advice as a Certified Adviser on First North

Riga, Nasdaq Baltic Market, September 14, 2017 – Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) announces that Nexia Audit Advice, a licensed company of sworn auditors, has been granted the status of a Certified Adviser on the First North market in Latvia by Nasdaq Riga effective today.

Nexia Audit Advice thus joins the group of Certified Advisers approved to guide growth companies through the application process for First North, the Nasdaq Baltic alternative market, and to ensure that admitted companies fulfill all First North requirements on a continuing basis.

“We congratulate Nexia Audit Advice for obtaining Certified Adviser status on First North. With their extensive knowledge and experience, Certified Advisors provide crucial support to the growing businesses beginning their journey on the First North market,” says Daiga Auziņa-Melalksne, Head of Nasdaq Riga.

Nexia Audit Advice provides professional and consulting services for clients, including companies that want to raise funds for expansion or project implementation by listing transferable securities on the Nasdaq Baltic First North market.

“Deciding to trade one’s securities on the stock exchange is a serious step for any company and marks a new stage in its development. With First North, Nasdaq offers a solution that balances the regulatory burden by on the one hand easing requirements for issuers, which is important for SME companies, while at the same time ensuring effective investor protection. Our role as a First North Certified Advisor is to help our clients to choose the best options in their preparation process and to meet the requirements of the First North market,” says Dr. Andrejs Ponomarjovs, Partner and Chairman of the Board at SIA Nexia Audit Advice.

Certified Adviser status is granted to sufficiently experienced business consultancy and financial intermediation companies. The complete list of First North Certified Advisers is available on the stock exchange website:

About Nexia Audit Advice
SIA Nexia Audit Advice is a licensed company of sworn auditors which in Latvia represents Nexia – one of the largest global networks of independent accounting and consulting firms. The company provides audit, review, accountancy, legal, valuation and related services, as well as advice on tax, financial, business and corporate governance issues for clients operating or planning to start a business in Latvia. To learn more, visit:

About First North 
First North is a multilateral trading facility operated by the different exchanges at Nasdaq. It does not have the legal status of a regulated market in the EU. Since the regulatory demands are less extensive than on the regulated market, there is a higher risk connected to investments on First North. This can also mean higher earnings potential on investments. First North provides a large investor base since it operates on the same trading and settlement systems as the Baltic regulated market.

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