Investor services firm Equiniti Group confirmed its plans to float on the stock market today.
Equiniti, which provides share registration and investor services, said it planned to raise £390m through the float on the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
The company intends to use proceeds from the IPO to reduce debt, which currently stands at £440m, and pursue potential acquisitions. However it did not say how much of the company it planned to float.
He added that the float would allow the company to benefit from "favourable trends towards outsourcing, greater regulation and digitalisation".
Wakeley told City A.M. "Much of the reason [for the timing] is that there's been a real increase in people taking ownership of their pensions. The business is in great shape and we had a lot of interest from potential purchasers so now felt like the right time to float.
Equiniti reported £82m earnings in the year to the end of June 2015, on revenue of £350m. The company targets a net debt of about 3.25 times its 2015 earnings by the end of the year.
Today's news comes after Advent, the private equity group with an 85 per cent stake in Equiniti, confirmed plans to raise £890m through a London float of payments group, Worldpay.