Public Company Update: May 2019
Welcome to the May 2019 edition of our biannual Public Company Update, for directors and in-house counsel of quoted companies, nomads/brokers and sponsors, and other corporate finance professionals and intermediaries.
We have had a busy start to the year, supporting a range of transactions for companies across AIM and the Main Market. A particular highlight for the team was acting for advertising technologies platform provider Taptica International Ltd on its £136 million recommended all share offer for AIM listed RhythmOne plc. We were delighted to advise on this strategic takeover, having acted for Taptica (then named Marimedia) on its IPO on AIM in May 2014, and look forward to seeing the company continue to build on its success.
The team as a whole continues to see strong deal flow in M&A activity as well as primary and secondary fundraisings. We include four articles in this edition of our Public Comnpany update, which I hope you find both insightful and informative.
Mark Howard, Partner
Shareholder Rights Directive II: effective from 10 June
Unless a “no-deal” Brexit occurs before that date, the Government is set to transpose SRD II into UK legislation. Victoria Younghusband highlights two areas which affect companies admitted to listing on the Official List, the Specialist Fund Segment or High Growth Segment of the London Stock Exchange.
Points of practice: accelerated whitewashes
In this article, Mark Howard outlines some points of practice in relation to the accelerated procedure which is relevant to situations where a waiver is needed from an obligation to make a mandatory offer under Rule 9 as a result of the issue of new securities as consideration for an acquisition or a cash subscription.
An update on periodic financial information and inside information
Victoria Younghusband provides an update on the FCA's draft technical note and PMB no.23 feedback. In April 2019, the FCA published the final version and gave feedback on the consultation in the accompanying PMB 23.
Status update: The Prospectus Regulation 2017
Notwithstanding the uncertainty surrounding the timing and ultimate destination of Brexit, European legislation continues to apply to capital markets in the UK. The Prospectus Regulation 2017 is due to come fully into force from 21 July 2019 and will therefore apply to prospectuses vetted by the FCA. Paul Arathoon highlights four key further provisions.
News & Insights
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The government announced their Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help pay the wages of employees not working.
Charles Russell Speechlys advises AIQ Ltd on Main Market readmission and reverse takeover of AI codes
Charles Russell Speechlys has assisted AIQ Ltd on the completion of the acquisition of AI Codes and on Main Market readmission.
Helen Wong quoted in The Telegraph on the implications of the Coronavirus lockdown for nursery owners
Impact of COVID-19 on dental practices: what do practices need to know?
Our Dental Team put together a summary for dental practices including areas to think about and action during the outbreak of Coronavirus.