Corporate weekly highlights—5 October 2017

Corporate weekly highlights—5 October 2017

Equity Capital Markets

Changes to the filing of regulated information by listed companies from 1 October 2017

The rules relating to the filing of information by issuers with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) set out in chapter 6 of the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook (DTR) have been amended. Under new DTR 6.2.2A, which came into force on 1 October 2017, an issuer is required to supply the FCA with a legal entity identifier (LEI) when it files regulated information. An LEI is a 20-character reference code that uniquely identifies a legal entity that is a party to a financial transaction.

In addition, DTR 6.2.2A requires the issuer to classify the regulated information according to one of six classes and sub-classes of information set out in DTR 6 Annex 1R (for example, whether it is a major shareholder notification, inside information, annual financial information etc). If more than one category applies, all relevant categories must be disclosed.

See news, LNB News 02/10/2017 73.

FRC’s Financial Reporting Lab finds that dividend disclosures among FTSE 350 are improving

The quality and quantity of dividend policy and practice disclosures has improved, according to the findings of a study conducted by the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) Financial Reporting Lab (Lab).  The Lab reviewed all FTSE 350 annual reports published in 2016 that were also FTSE 350 at the end of 2015 (313 companies in total). Among other things, the study looks at how dividend disclosure practice has improved, some examples of developing practice and opportunities to take disclosures further.

See further news, LNB News 04/10/2017 112.

Market Abuse

ESMA updates MAR Q&As

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has updated its Q&As on the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) to include a new Q&A 5.2 on the delayed disclosure of inside information that subsequently loses the element of price sensitivity. Under Article 17(1) of MAR, an issuer has to inform the public as soon as

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