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UK Market Abuse Regime Extends Its Reach: Implications for Issuers

Companies trading on either the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market or AIM should ensure that their systems and procedures reflect changes to their disclosure and other obligations arising from the implementation of the new...more

UK Financial Conduct Authority Signals Significant Changes to the FCA Handbook arising from EU Market Abuse Regulation

Removal of the Model Code and Disclosure Rules are among the important modifications. On 5 November 2015, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its consultation paper addressing the changes it proposes to...more

European Commission Publishes Action Plan on Building Capital Markets Union

The CMU is intended to strengthen access to public markets in the European Union, particularly for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). On 30 September, the European Commission (EC) published its action plan...more

EU Commission Proposes to Amend Shareholder Rights Directive

The proposal covers shareholder votes on remuneration policies and related party transactions and greater transparency obligations on certain market participants. The European Commission (EU Commission) recently...more

EU Commission Proposes Further Harmonisation of Single-Member Companies

The proposed directive seeks to coordinate national requirements concerning the formation, registration, and operation of single-member companies. On 9 April, the European Commission published a provisional draft of a...more

UK High Court Clarifies Scope of Directors’ Duties

Court holds that directors may legitimately defer to the views of fellow directors if persuaded that the views are in the best interests of the company. On 18 October, in Madoff Securities International Limited (In...more

UK High Court Revisits Issue of Where a Contract Is Formed

Court confirms that, in certain circumstances, a contract can be made in two jurisdictions. On 7 October 2013, in Conductive Inkjet Technology Ltd v Uni-Pixel Displays Inc, [2013] EWHC 2968 (Ch), the High Court of...more

QCA Revises Corporate Governance Code for Small and Mid-Size Quoted Companies

New QCA code highlights the importance of relationships between companies and their shareholders and aims to provide clear, detailed guidance on the characteristics and composition of effective, independent boards....more

Takeover Code Amendments Extend the Rights of Pension Scheme Trustees

Amendments include new requirements regarding offerors' intentions, documents provided to trustees, trustees' opinions on offers, and publication of agreements between offerors and trustees....more

Cyprus Bailout: Potential Recourse for Lost Investments

Large depositors in Cyprus's two largest banks may consider international arbitration and appeals to the European courts to recover funds lost under the bailout plan....more

Update: London Stock Exchange Publishes Final Rulebook for High-Growth Segment

Fast-growing European companies can now apply for admission to trading on the new segment of the LSE's Main Market....more

ESMA Publishes Draft Standards for Prospectus Supplements

Aim of proposed regulatory technical standards and consultation paper is to clarify the list of events that will trigger the automatic requirement for a supplement....more

Update: UK Government Publishes Changes to Law on Share Buy Backs

Changes aim to help companies make greater use of employee share schemes and equity arrangements. On 19 March, the revised draft of the UK Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 18) Regulations 2013, including final...more

UK Government Publishes Proposals for Changes to Law on Share Buy Backs

Proposals aim to help companies make greater use of employee share schemes and equity arrangements. On 15 February, the UK Government published its response to its consultation on the share buy back recommendations made...more

London Stock Exchange Publishes Draft Rulebook for New Fast-Growth Segment

Rulebook sets out criteria for admission to the high-growth segment, which has been designed to meet the needs of fast-growing European companies. On 13 February, the London Stock Exchange (LSE) published a draft...more

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