UK Regulator Proposes Changes to UK Listing Rules
The Financial Conduct Authority has published a consultation paper proposing amendments to the Listing Rules of the FCA's Handbook. The FCA is proposing to, among other matters, (i) clarify the premium listing eligibility requirements and introduce new technical notes and additional guidance to give more context to the rules; (ii) introduce a new concessionary route to premium listing for certain property companies that cannot meet the track record requirements so that a property valuation report may be used to assess the company's eligibility for a premium listing; (iii) introduce new technical notes on the concessionary routes; (iv) amendments to the profit test within the class tests which are used to determine which governance requirements a premium listed issuer must comply with for certain large transactions; and (v) in the context of reverse takeovers, reversing the assumption of insufficient information being available to the market where a target issuer cannot provide that information so that the assumption will be that the market can operate smoothly on the basis of information that listed companies make publicly available as part of their disclosure of inside information requirements under MAR.
The FCA's discussion paper on the review of the effectiveness of the UK primary markets should be read in conjunction with the consultation paper. Responses to the FCA's proposed rule changes are requested by May 14, 2017. The FCA intends to publish its final rules in a Policy Statement in the second half of 2017.
View the consultation paper.
View the discussion paper.