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Consultation Begins Over Possible UK Corporate Governance Reform

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has recently published a Green Paper on options for future corporate governance reform. The Government’s stated objective is to put in place “the right checks...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Spring 2016 Edition: New UK Requirement for UK Companies and LLPs to Maintain A Register of...

1. With effect from April 6, 2016, all companies incorporated or formed under the UK Companies Acts, other than exempt companies (see paragraph 3), and all limited liability partnerships (LLPs) incorporated under the UK...more

PSC Register – The Next Step in UK Corporate Transparency

UK companies and LLPs will be required to keep a register of people with “significant control” over the company (the “PSC Register”) from 6 April 2016 which will be publically accessible and will need to be filed at Companies...more

European Commission Announces Proposals to Overhaul the EU Prospectus Regime

The European Commission on 30 November 2015 announced proposals to overhaul the prospectus rules to improve access to finance for companies and simplify information for investors. The new prospectus regulation forms part...more

Improving the Gender Balance on British Boards

Lord Davies of Abersoch published on 29 October 2015, a five year review of his 2011 report aimed at improving the gender balance at the top of British business. There has been a significant improvement in the...more

London Stock Exchange consults on changes to the AIM Rules which apply to investing companies and AIM companies that undertake a...

The London Stock Exchange (“LSE”) on 15 October 2015 published AIM Notice 421 announcing a consultation in relation to certain proposed changes to the AIM Rules for Companies (“AIM Rules”) potentially affecting “investing...more

AIM and Euroclear Improve Ability of US Issuers to Access London Capital Market

The London Stock Exchange ("LSE") on 7 August 2015, published AIM Notice 411 and issued new guidance in Inside AIM2 on certain U.S. securities known as "Regulation S, Category 3 securities," which is intended to improve the...more

Restricting Share Capital Reductions in Takeovers

The Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 17) Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) came into force on 4 March 2015. The Regulations amend section 641 of the Companies Act 2006 to prevent a company from reducing its share...more

Equity Capital Markets: New ABI Transaction Guidelines

The Association of British Insurers (“ABI”) has published guidance on the expectations and views of ABI members on various aspects of equity capital market transactions. The guidance is split into three sections, ‘Initial...more

‘Transparency and Trust’: Proposed Changes to Company Law in the UK

On 25 June 2014, the Government published the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. It includes a wide range of measures designed to improve the legislative environment for small businesses and incorporates...more

UK Government Responds to BIS Transparency and Trust Discussion Paper

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on 21 April 2014 published the UK Government’s response to its discussion paper Transparency & Trust: Enhancing the transparency of UK company ownership and increasing...more

4/28/2014  /  BIS , Nominee Directors , Transparency , UK

FCA Unveils New UK Listing Rules to Strengthen Minority Investor Rights

In the wake of recent high-profile corporate governance controversies the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has, this week, issued its proposed new Listing Rules which, when implemented, will give enhanced rights to...more

London Stock Exchange to Introduce New High Growth Segment of the Main Market

Background - The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (‘BIS’) announced in September 2012 that it had developed proposals with the London Stock Exchange (the ‘LSE’) to attract high growth companies to list...more

UK Government Proposals to Change the Share Buyback Regime

On 15 February 2013, the government published a set of proposals relating to the implementation of the Nuttall Review’s recommendations on share buybacks. The changes are designed to reduce the barriers that disincentivise...more

The Financial Services Act 2012 – Misleading Statements, Impressions and Financial Promotions

Background - In our previous DechertOnPoints, The Draft Financial Services Bill in the Contextof the Proposed New UK Financial Regulatory Structure and Draft UK Financial Services Bill and the New UK Financial...more

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