Corporate weekly highlights—4 January 2018

Corporate weekly highlights—4 January 2018

This week’s edition of Corporate highlights includes a News Analysis piece on the ruling in the case of Panel on Takeovers and Mergers v King and the FCA’s release of new and updated Listing Rule technical notes.

Public Company Takeovers

Court grants an Order requiring Mr King to make a mandatory offer under the Takeover Code (Panel on Takeovers and Mergers v King)

Corporate analysis: The Court of Session, in Panel on Takeovers and Mergers v King, has ruled in favour of the Takeover Panel by granting an order to require Mr King to comply with the Panel’s rulings in 2017 that he should make a mandatory offer (rule 9 offer) under the Takeover Code (Code) for all the shares in Rangers International Football Club plc (Rangers) not owned by him or by Messrs Letham, Mr Taylor, and Mr Park (members of his concert party).

On 13 March 2017, the Takeover Appeal Board (TAB) published its decision upholding rulings of the Panel Executive and of the Hearings Committee that Mr King acted in concert with Messrs Letham, Taylor and Park to acquire more than 30% of the voting rights in Rangers and, in consequence, had incurred an obligation under the Code to make a mandatory offer at a price of 20 pence per Rangers share for all of the Rangers shares not already held by Mr King and members of his concert party.

The TAB directed that Mr King announce a rule 9 offer by 12 April 2017. However, Mr King failed to comply and on 13 April 2017 the Takeover Panel commenced proceedings in the Court of Session, Edinburgh under section 955 of the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006) seeking an order requiring Mr King to comply with its rulings.

The Takeover Panel (as petitioner) sought an order under CA 2006, s 955 ordaining Mr King (the respondent) to announce in accordance with the Code, within 30 days of the date of the court’s order, and thereafter make

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