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Cover Mayson, French & Ryan on Company Law

7. Offering shares to the public  

This chapter focuses on public offering of shares as a source of finance for companies, with emphasis on the legal requirements to provide the necessary information to prospective investors. It also considers the importance of a marketplace for selling shares at the best possible price, as well as the regulation of the financial services industry by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. In addition, it discusses two controls on share offers to the public under the Companies Act 2006 with respect to payment of underwriting commission and repayment of subscribers’ money if a share offer is not completely successful. The chapter examines the regulatory regimes for securities markets, some of the main reasons or advantages for going public, the prospectus requirement and any exemptions to it and how the law deals with misleading statements and omissions in prospectuses.

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Cover Mayson, French, and Ryan on Company Law

7. Offering shares to the public  

This chapter focuses on public offering of shares as a source of finance for companies, with emphasis on the legal requirements to provide the necessary information to prospective investors. It also considers the importance of a marketplace for selling shares at the best possible price, as well as the regulation of the financial services industry by the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. In addition, it discusses two controls on share offers to the public under the Companies Act 2006 with respect to payment of underwriting commission and repayment of subscribers’ money if a share offer is not completely successful. The chapter examines the regulatory regimes for securities markets, some of the main reasons or advantages for going public, the prospectus requirement and any exemptions to it and how the law deals with misleading statements and omissions in prospectuses.

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Cover Sealy & Worthington's Text, Cases, and Materials in Company Law

15. Reconstructions, Mergers and Takeovers  

This chapter considers public disclosure, market regulation and the public investigation of companies. The ‘price’ that companies are required to pay for the privilege of incorporation (separate personality) and limited liability is compulsory publicity about their affairs. The Companies Acts’ disclosure rules are largely based on this philosophy. This chapter discusses general disclosure obligations; public regulation of securities markets; transparency obligations; disclosure and public offerings of shares; market abuse and market manipulation; and public investigation of companies.