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    07/13/2018

    The European Securities and Markets Authority has published a consultation paper on its draft technical advice to the European Commission on the minimum information content of documents provided for the purpose of describing a takeover, merger or division. ESMA was mandated by the Commission in February 2017 to provide it with technical advice for the circumstance where, under the Prospectus Regulation, issuers can benefit from an exemption to the requirement to supply a prospectus when they offer or admit securities connected with a takeover, merger or division. Issuers may, as an alternative to a prospectus, make available to investors an alternative document, which describes the transaction and its impact on the issuer.

    ESMA's technical advice sets out the minimum information content of documents describing a merger, division or takeover which is necessary for an exemption from the obligation to publish a prospectus. ESMA invites comments on a range of questions on the content of the following sections of such "exempted documents": (i) operative provisions and definitions; (ii) Minimum Information Content Simplified Disclosure Regime for the Issuer; (iii) the Minimum Information Content Securities; (iv) the Minimum Information Content Description and Impact of Takeover, Merger and Division.

    The consultation on the draft technical advice closes on October 5, 2018. ESMA expects to publish its final report on its technical advice in Q1 2019.

    View the consultation.

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