Corporate weekly highlights—9 March 2017

Corporate weekly highlights—9 March 2017

Welcome to the weekly highlights from the Lexis®PSL Corporate team for the week ending 9 March 2017, which provide news updates and a comprehensive list of dates for your diary and. This week’s edition features: the FCA’s Quarterly Consultation Paper No. 16 (CP17/6), the AFME’s report on challenges associated with raising risk capital for SME high growth companies in the EU, PERG’s 'Good practice reporting guide for portfolio companies', the FRC’s new report on audit quality, analysis of the trend of rising shareholder activism, Tax analysis of the Spring Budget 2017 and Employment analysis considering how employers can prepare for the gender pay gap reporting obligations. 

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Equity capital markets

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published Quarterly Consultation Paper No. 16 (CP17/6), in which it consults on proposed miscellaneous amendments to the FCA Handbook.

The FCA is proposing to make changes to, amongst other things, the Market Conduct sourcebook (MAR) relating to ESMA’s guidelines on commodity derivatives, the Prospectus Rules (PR) 1.2.3R in anticipation of the Prospectus Regulation coming into force and minor amendments to the Listing Rules (LR) Appendix 1, PR Appendix 1 and the Glossary and the Recognised Investment Exchanges sourcebook (REC) 3.9 and MAR 5.6 and minor amendments to REC 2.3.

The deadline for comments is 3 April 2017 with respect to the proposed changes to PR 1.2.3R, and 3 May 2017 with respect to the other proposals.

AFME recommends single EU framework for start-ups

The Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) has published a new report examining challenges associated with raising risk capital for small and mid-size (SME) high-growth companies in the EU. The aim of the report is to inform policymakers

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