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PR 5.5 Persons responsible for a prospectus

Persons responsible for a prospectus

PR 5.5.1R

The rules in this section specify in accordance with section 84(1)(d) of the Act and for the purposes of Part 6 of the Act, the persons responsible for a prospectus.

Note: In accordance with PR 1.1.9 a reference in this section to a prospectus includes a supplementary prospectus.

Rules only apply if UK is Home State

PR 5.5.2R

The rules in this section only apply in respect of a prospectus if the United Kingdom is the Home State for the issuer in relation to the transferable securities to which the prospectus relates.

Equity shares

PR 5.5.3R
  1. (1)

    This rule applies to a prospectus relating to:

    1. (a)

      equity shares;

    2. (b)

      warrants or options to subscribe for equity shares, that are issued by the issuer of the equity shares; and

    3. (c)

      other transferable securities that have similar characteristics to transferable securities referred to in paragraphs (a) or (b).

  2. (2)

    Each of the following persons are responsible for the prospectus:

    1. (a)

      the issuer of the transferable securities;

    2. (b)

      if the issuer is a body corporate:

      1. (i)

        each person who is a director of that body corporate when the prospectus is published;

        1
      2. (ii)

        each person who has authorised himself to be named, and is named, in the prospectus as a director or as having agreed to become a director of that body corporate either immediately or at a future time; and1

      3. (iii)

        each person who is a senior executive of any external management company of the issuer;1

    3. (c)

      each person who accepts, and is stated in the prospectus as accepting, responsibility for the prospectus;

    4. (d)

      in relation to an offer:

      1. (i)

        the offeror, if this is not the issuer; and

      2. (ii)

        if the offeror is a body corporate and is not the issuer, each person who is a director of the body corporate when the prospectus is published;

    5. (e)

      in relation to a request for the admission to trading of transferable securities:

      1. (i)

        the person requesting admission, if this is not the issuer; and

      2. (ii)

        if the person requesting admission is a body corporate and is not the issuer, each person who is a director of the body corporate when the prospectus is published; and

    6. (f)

      each person not falling within any of the previous paragraphs who has authorised the contents of the prospectus.

PR 5.5.3AR

1In PR 5.5.3R (2)(b)(iii), external management company means in relation to an issuer that is a company which is not a collective investment undertaking, a person who is appointed by the issuer (whether under a contract of service, a contract for services or any other commercial arrangement) to perform functions that would ordinarily be performed by officers of the issuer and to make recommendations in relation to strategic matters.

PR 5.5.3BG

1In considering whether the functions the person performs would ordinarily be performed by officers of the issuer, the FCA will consider, among other things:

  1. (1)

    the nature of the board of the issuer to which the person provides services, and whether the board has the capability to act itself on strategic matters in the absence of that person's services;

  2. (2)

    whether the appointment relates to a one-off transaction or is a longer term relationship; and

  3. (3)

    the proportion of the functions ordinarily performed by officers of the issuer that is covered by the arrangement.

All other securities

PR 5.5.4R
  1. (1)

    This rule applies to a prospectus relating to transferable securities other than those to which PR 5.5.3 R applies.

  2. (2)

    Each of the following persons are responsible for the prospectus:

    1. (a)

      the issuer of the transferable securities;

    2. (b)

      each person who accepts, and is stated in the prospectus as accepting, responsibility for the prospectus;

    3. (c)

      in relation to an offer, the offeror of the transferable securities, if this is not the issuer;

    4. (d)

      in relation to a request for an admission to trading of transferable securities, the person requesting admission, if this is not the issuer;

    5. (e)

      if there is a guarantor for the issue, the guarantor in relation to information in the prospectus that relates to the guarantor and the guarantee; and

    6. (f)

      each person not falling within any of the previous paragraphs who has authorised the contents of the prospectus.

Issuer not responsible if it has not authorised offer or admission to trading

PR 5.5.5R

A person is not responsible for a prospectus under PR 5.5.3R (2)(a) or (b) or PR 5.5.4 R (2)(a) if the issuer has not made or authorised the offer or the request for admission to trading in relation to which the prospectus was published.

Publication without director's consent

PR 5.5.6R

A person is not responsible for a prospectus under PR 5.5.3 R (2)(b)(i) if it is published without his knowledge or consent and on becoming aware of its publication he, as soon as practicable, gives reasonable public notice that it was published without his knowledge or consent.

Offeror not responsible in certain circumstances

PR 5.5.7R

A person is not responsible for a prospectus under PR 5.5.3 R (2)(d) or PR 5.5.4 R (2)(c) if:

  1. (1)

    the issuer is responsible for the prospectus in accordance with the rules in this section;

  2. (2)

    the prospectus was drawn up primarily by the issuer, or by one or more persons acting on behalf of the issuer; and

  3. (3)

    the offeror is making the offer in association with the issuer.

Person may accept responsibility for, or authorise, part of contents

PR 5.5.8R

A person who accepts responsibility for a prospectus under PR 5.5.3 R (2)(c) or PR 5.5.4 R (2)(b) or authorises the contents of a prospectus under PR 5.5.3 R (2)(f) or PR 5.5.4 R (2)(f), may state that they do so only in relation to specified parts of the prospectus, or only in specified respects, and in that case the person is responsible under those paragraphs:

  1. (1)

    only to the extent specified; and

  2. (2)

    only if the material in question is included in (or substantially in) the form and context to which the person has agreed.

Advice in a professional capacity

PR 5.5.9R

Nothing in the rules in this section is to be construed as making a person responsible for any prospectus by reason only of the person giving advice about its contents in a professional capacity.