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Acquisitions and disposals by listed companies

Companies listing on a stock exchange are subject to a number of continuing obligations. One area where such obligations apply are significant corporate transactions such as acquisitions, disposals and reverse takeovers. This publication summarises the main legal and regulatory issues a listed company needs to consider when contemplating a significant corporate transaction, whether its shares are traded on AIM or it has a premium or standard listing on the Official List.

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Acquisitions and disposals by listed companies

Will Pearce, Dan Hirschovits, Nick Gilling ICSA Publishing Ltd, 2013

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1. General considerations for a listed company contemplating a significant corporate transaction

Chapter 1 looks at general considerations which can significantly impact on the timetable, structure, documentation and overall feasibility of a corporate transaction.

2. Substantial transactions, reverse takeovers and fundamental disposals by AIM companies

Chapter 2 examines how the AIM Rules apply to a significant corporate transaction.

3. Significant transactions by premium listed companies

Chapter 3 addresses transactions by premium listed companies which are subject to the requirements of the Listing Rules. Such companies are required to have systems and controls in place to identify transactions that may be subject to these requirements.

4. Reverse takeovers involving standard and premium listed companies

Chapter 4 looks at the requirements for standard or premium listed companies if an acquisition is made which amounts to a reverse takeover.

5. The role of the sponsor to a premium listed company on a significant transaction

Chapter 5 discusses when a premium listed company must consult a sponsor for advice and guidance. The role and responsibilities of the sponsor are also explored.

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The guide provides a general overview of applicable law and regulation as at October 1, 2013 and, whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of its content, it is not intended to be comprehensive or constitute legal advice. Specific legal advice should always be sought in relation to the particular facts of a given situation and reference should always be made to the current full text of any applicable statutes, the AIM Rules, the LPDT Rules and related materials, as applicable.

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