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These Regulations amend the regime for the liability of issuers to third parties in respect of loss suffered as a result of misleading statements or dishonest omissions in information published by the issuer, or dishonest delays in publishing such information.
Regulation 2 substitutes a new section 90A into the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, and inserts Schedule 10A into the Act. The new Schedule is set out in the Schedule to the Regulations.
Paragraph 1 defines the securities which are to be subject to the new liability regime.
Paragraph 2 defines the information to which the new regime is to apply. This will include all information published by an issuer via a recognised information service, or where the availability of the information has been announced by use of such a service.
Paragraphs 3 and 4 set out the circumstances in which an issuer will be liable to pay compensation for loss suffered as a result of untrue or misleading statements, or dishonest omissions by a person who has acquired, continued to hold or disposed of securities in reliance on published information.
Paragraph 5 sets out the circumstances in which an issuer is liable to pay compensation for loss suffered by a person in respect of securities as a result of dishonest delay by the issuer in publishing information to which the Schedule applies.
Paragraph 6 defines “dishonesty” for the purposes of the Schedule.
Paragraph 7 limits the other forms of liability to which a issuer may be subject in respect of loss suffered as a result of misstatements, omissions and delay.
Paragraph 8 sets out the definitions for the Schedule.
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