FSA consults on changes to the Listing Rules-continued

January 26, 2012--The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has today proposed a number of changes to the Listing Rules that set out the requirements for companies listed in the UK. The changes are updates to the rules to take account of market developments.
The Listing Rules are the responsibility of the United Kingdom Listing Authority (UKLA), operating under the FSA. The Consultation Paper (CP) also sets out some wider issues in relation to the premium listing standard on which comment is sought.

The Listing Rules have been reviewed on a regular basis since their introduction in 2000. The last review in 2008-10 introduced the premium and standard segments in order to provide greater clarity for investors. Today’s proposals, the majority of which are technical in nature, fall under a number of different headings:

Reverse Takeovers
The proposed changes will ensure that reverse takeovers cannot be used as a ‘back-door’ route to listing for companies that would otherwise be ineligible. There are currently exemptions that remove some acquisitions from the reverse takeover requirements. These proposed changes will narrow these exemptions.

Sponsor Regime
Sponsors play an important role in the regime for premium listed companies by ensuring that such companies understand the regulatory framework and by providing assurance to the UKLA that companies are meeting the requirements. Today’s proposals are intended to clarify UKLA’s expectations of sponsors – for example by adding a rule that that the FSA can require a sponsor to confirm to the FSA that its client is complying with the Listing Rules.

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Source: FSA.gov.uk

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