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Companies Act 2006

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960Panel as party to proceedings

The Panel is capable (despite being an unincorporated body) of—

(a)bringing proceedings under this Chapter in its own name;

(b)bringing or defending any other proceedings in its own name.

961Exemption from liability in damages

(1)Neither the Panel, nor any person within subsection (2), is to be liable in damages for anything done (or omitted to be done) in, or in connection with, the discharge or purported discharge of the Panel’s functions.

(2)A person is within this subsection if—

(a)he is (or is acting as) a member, officer or member of staff of the Panel, or

(b)he is a person authorised under section 947(5).

(3)Subsection (1) does not apply—

(a)if the act or omission is shown to have been in bad faith, or

(b)so as to prevent an award of damages in respect of the act or omission on the ground that it was unlawful as a result of section 6(1) of the Human Rights Act 1998 (c. 42) (acts of public authorities incompatible with Convention rights).

962Privilege against self-incrimination

(1)A statement made by a person in response to—

(a)a requirement under section 947(1), or

(b)an order made by the court under section 955 to secure compliance with such a requirement,

may not be used against him in criminal proceedings in which he is charged with an offence to which this subsection applies.

(2)Subsection (1) applies to any offence other than an offence under one of the following provisions (which concern false statements made otherwise than on oath)—

(a)section 5 of the Perjury Act 1911 (c. 6);

(b)section 44(2) of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 39);

(c)Article 10 of the Perjury (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (S.I. 1979/1714 (N.I. 19)).

963Annual reports

(1)After the end of each financial year the Panel must publish a report.

(2)The report must—

(a)set out how the Panel’s functions were discharged in the year in question;

(b)include the Panel’s accounts for that year;

(c)mention any matters the Panel considers to be of relevance to the discharge of its functions.

964Amendments to Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

(1)The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (c. 8) is amended as follows.

(2)Section 143 (power to make rules endorsing the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers etc) is repealed.

(3)In section 144 (power to make price stabilising rules), for subsection (7) substitute—

(7)“Consultation procedures” means procedures designed to provide an opportunity for persons likely to be affected by alterations to those provisions to make representations about proposed alterations to any of those provisions..

(4)In section 349 (exceptions from restrictions on disclosure of confidential information), after subsection (3) insert—

(3A)Section 348 does not apply to—

(a)the disclosure by a recipient to which subsection (3B) applies of confidential information disclosed to it by the Authority in reliance on subsection (1);

(b)the disclosure of such information by a person obtaining it directly or indirectly from a recipient to which subsection (3B) applies.

(3B)This subsection applies to—

(a)the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers;

(b)an authority designated as a supervisory authority for the purposes of Article 4.1 of the Takeovers Directive;

(c)any other person or body that exercises public functions, under legislation in an EEA State other than the United Kingdom, that are similar to the Authority’s functions or those of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers..

(5)In section 354 (Financial Services Authority’s duty to co-operate with others), after subsection (1) insert—

(1A)The Authority must take such steps as it considers appropriate to co-operate with—

(a)the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers;

(b)an authority designated as a supervisory authority for the purposes of Article 4.1 of the Takeovers Directive;

(c)any other person or body that exercises functions of a public nature, under legislation in any country or territory outside the United Kingdom, that appear to the Authority to be similar to those of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers..

(6)In section 417(1) (definitions), insert at the appropriate place—

“Takeovers Directive” means Directive 2004/25/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council;.

965Power to extend to Isle of Man and Channel Islands

Her Majesty may by Order in Council direct that any of the provisions of this Chapter extend, with such modifications as may be specified in the Order, to the Isle of Man or any of the Channel Islands.

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