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LR 14.3 Continuing obligations

Admission to trading

LR 14.3.1RRP

The listed equity securities of an overseas company must be admitted to trading on an RIE's market for listed securities at all times.

Shares in public hands

LR 14.3.2RRP
  1. (1)

    An overseas company must comply with LR 14.2.2 R at all times.

  2. (2)

    An overseas company that no longer complies with LR 14.2.2 R must notify the FSA as soon as possible of its non-compliance.

LR 14.3.3GRP

An overseas company should consider LR 5.2.2G (2) in relation to its compliance with LR 14.2.2 R.

Further issues

LR 14.3.4RRP

Where equity security of the same class as equity securities that are listed are allotted, an application for admission to listing of such equity securities must be made as soon as possible and in any event within one year of the allotment. [Note: Article 64 CARD]

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LR 14.3.5R

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Copies of documents

LR 14.3.6RRP

An overseas company must forward to the FSA, for publication through the document viewing facility, two copies of:

  1. (1)

    all circulars, notices, reports or other documents to which the listing rules apply, at the same time as any such documents are issued; and

  2. (2)

    all resolutions passed by the company other than resolutions concerning ordinary business at an annual general meeting, as soon as possible after the relevant general meeting.

LR 14.3.7RRP
  1. (1)

    An overseas company must notify a RIS as soon as possible when a document has been forwarded to the FSA under LR 14.3.6 R unless the full text of the document is provided to the RIS.

  2. (2)

    A notification made under paragraph(1) must set out where copies of the relevant document can be obtained.

Contact details

LR 14.3.8RRP

An overseas company must ensure that the FSA is provided with up to date contact details of appropriate persons nominated by it to act as the first point of contact with the FSA in relation to the overseas company's compliance with the listing rules and the disclosure rules and transparency rules, as applicable.

Temporary documents of title (including renounceable documents)

LR 14.3.9RRP

An overseas company must ensure that any temporary document of title (other than one issued in global form) for an equity security:

  1. (1)

    is serially numbered;

  2. (2)

    states where applicable:

    1. (a)

      the name and address of the first holder and names of joint holders (if any);

    2. (b)

      the pro rata entitlement;

    3. (c)

      the last date on which transfers were or will be accepted for registration for participation in the issue;

    4. (d)

      how the equity securities rank for dividend or interest;

    5. (e)

      the nature of the document of title and proposed date of issue;

    6. (f)

      how fractions (if any) are to be treated; and

    7. (g)

      for a rights issue, the time, being not less than 10 business days,3 in which the offer may be accepted, and how equity securities not taken up will be dealt with; and

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  3. (3)

    if renounceable:

    1. (a)

      states in a heading that the document is of value and negotiable;

    2. (b)

      advises holders of equity securities who are in any doubt as to what action to take to consult appropriate independent advisers immediately;

    3. (c)

      states that where all of the equity securities have been sold by the addressee (other than ex rights or ex capitalisation), the document should be passed to the person through whom the sale was effected for transmission to the purchaser;

    4. (d)

      has the form of renunciation and the registration instructions printed on the back of, or attached to, the document;

    5. (e)

      includes provision for splitting (without fee) and for split documents to be certified by an official of the overseas company or authorised agent;

    6. (f)

      provides for the last day for renunciation to be the second business day after the last day for splitting; and

    7. (g)

      if at the same time as an allotment is made of shares issued for cash, shares of the same class are also allotted credited as fully paid to vendors or others, provides for the period for renunciation to be the same as, but no longer than, that provided for in the case of shares issued for cash.

Definitive documents of title

LR 14.3.10RRP

An overseas company must ensure that any definitive document of title for an equity security (other than a bearer security) includes the following matters on its face (or on the reverse in the case of (5) and (7)):

  1. (1)

    the authority under which the overseas company is constituted and the country of incorporation and registered number (if any);

  2. (2)

    the number or amount of equity securities the certificate represents and, if applicable, the number and denomination of units (in the top right-hand corner);

  3. (3)

    a footnote stating that no transfer of the equity security or any portion of it represented by the certificate can be registered without production of the certificate;

  4. (4)

    if applicable, the minimum amount and multiples thereof in which the equity security is transferable;

  5. (5)

    the date of the certificate;

  6. (6)

    for a fixed income security, the interest payable and the interest payment dates and on the reverse (with reference shown on the face) an easily legible summary of the rights as to redemption or repayment and (where applicable) conversion; and

  7. (7)

    for shares with preferential rights, on the face (or, if not practicable, on the reverse), a statement of the conditions thereof as to capital, dividends and (where applicable) conversion.

Disclosure and Transparency Rules

LR 14.3.11GRP

An overseas company, whose securities are admitted to trading on a regulated market in the United Kingdom, should consider its obligations under the disclosure rules and transparency rules.

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LR 14.3.12R

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LR 14.3.13G

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Registrar

LR 14.3.15RRP
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  1. (1)

    This rule applies to an overseas company for whom the United Kingdom is a host Member State for the purposes of the Transparency Directive.1

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  2. (2)

    An overseas company must appoint a registrar in the United Kingdom if:1

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    1. (a)

      there are 200 or more holders resident in the United Kingdom; or1

    2. (b)

      10% of more of the equity securities are held by persons resident in the United Kingdom.1

LR 14.3.15AGRP

1An overseas company for whom the United Kingdom is the home Member State for the purposes of the Transparency Directive should see LR 14.3.22 G and LR 14.3.23 R.

LR 14.3.16G

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Notifications relating to capital

LR 14.3.17RRP

An overseas company must notify a RIS as soon as possible (unless otherwise indicated in this rule) of the following information relating to its capital:

  1. (1)

    any proposed change in its capital structure including the structure of its listed debt securities, save that an announcement of a new issue may be delayed while marketing or underwriting is in progress;

  2. (2)

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  3. (3)

    any redemption of listed equity securities including details of the number of equity securities redeemed and the number of equity securities of that class outstanding following the redemption;

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  5. (5)

    any extension of time granted for the currency of temporary documents of title;

  6. (6)

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  7. (7)

    the results of any new issue of listed equity securities or of a public offering of existing shares or other equity securities.

LR 14.3.18RRP

Where the equity securities are subject to an underwriting agreement an overseas company may, at its discretion and subject to DTR 2 (Disclosure and control of inside information by issuers), delay notifying a RIS as required by LR 14.3.17R (7) for up to two business days until the obligation by the underwriter to take or procure others to take equity securities is finally determined or lapses. In the case of an issue or offer of equity securities which is not underwritten, notification of the result must be made as soon as it is known.

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LR 14.3.19R

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LR 14.3.20R

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LR 14.3.21R

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Compliance with the transparency rules

LR 14.3.22GRP

1An overseas company, whose securities are admitted to trading on a regulated market, should consider its obligations under DTR 4 (Periodic financial reporting), DTR 5 (Vote holder and issuer notification rules) and DTR 6 (Access to information).

LR 14.3.23RRP

1A listed company that is not already required to comply with the transparency rules (or with corresponding requirements imposed by another EEA Member State) must comply with DTR 4, DTR 5 and DTR 6 as if it were an issuer for the purposes of the transparency rules.