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Article 2 Procedures for the purposes of conducting market soundings

  1. (1)

    Disclosing market participants shall establish procedures describing the manner in which market soundings are conducted.

    Disclosing market participants may communicate information for the purposes of market sounding to the persons receiving the market sounding orally, in physical meetings, in audio or video telephone calls, or in writing, by mail, fax or electronic communications.

  2. (2)

    Disclosing market participants shall establish procedures for conducting market soundings by telephone ensuring that recorded telephone lines are used where the disclosing market participant has access to such lines and the persons receiving the market sounding have given their consent to the recording of the conversation.

  3. (3)

    The procedures referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall ensure that persons working for a disclosing market participant under contract of employment or otherwise only use equipment provided by the disclosing market participant when sending and receiving telephone calls and electronic communications for the purposes of market soundings.