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PR 2.5 Omission of information

Equivalent information

PR 2.5.1R

Without prejudice to the adequate information of investors, if, in exceptional cases, certain information referred to in the PD Regulation that is required to be included in a prospectus is inappropriate to the issuer's activity or to the legal form of the issuer or to the transferable securities to which the prospectus relates, the prospectus must contain information equivalent to the required information (unless there is no such information). [Note: article 8.3 PD]

Omission of information from prospectus

PR 2.5.1AUK

1Section 87A(2A) of the Act provides that information about certain guarantors may be omitted from a prospectus:

87A

(2A)

If, in the case of transferable securities to which section 87 applies, the prospectus states that the guarantor is a specified EEA State, the prospectus is not required to include other information about the guarantor.

PR 2.5.2UK

Section 87B(1) of the Act sets out when the FCA may authorise the omission of information from a prospectus:

(1)

The [FCA] may authorise the omission from a prospectus of any information, the inclusion of which would otherwise be required, on the ground –

(a)

that its disclosure would be contrary to the public interest;

(b)

that its disclosure would be seriously detrimental to the issuer, provided that the omission would be unlikely to mislead the public with regard to any facts or circumstances which are essential for an informed assessment of the kind mentioned in section 87A(2); or

(c)

that the information is only of minor importance for a specific offer to the public or admission to trading on a regulated market and unlikely to influence an informed assessment of the kind mentioned in section 87A(2).

Request to omit information

PR 2.5.3G

2Article 2(2) of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/301 sets out requirements regarding the submission of requests to omit information from a prospectus. The FCA considers that a reasoned request for this purpose would:

  1. (1)

    be in writing from the applicant;

  2. (2)

    identify the specific information concerned and the specific reasons for its omission; and

  3. (3)

    state why in the applicant's opinion one or more of the grounds in section 87B(1) of the Act applies.

    2[Note: Extracts of article 2 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/301 are reproduced for the convenience of readers in PR 3.1.-1EU.]