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[F189NA.Voting rights suspension ordersU.K.

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(1)The court may, on the application of the FCA and in accordance with this section, make a voting rights suspension order in respect of a person who is a voteholder in relation to shares in a particular company which are admitted to trading on a regulated market and identified in the application.

(2)A voting rights suspension order is an order which suspends the person’s exercise of voting rights attaching to the shares to which the order relates.

(3)The court may make a voting rights suspension order in respect of a person only if it is satisfied—

(a)that the person has contravened one or more relevant transparency provisions in respect of any of the shares identified in the application or any other shares in the same company which are admitted to trading on a regulated market, and

(b)that the contravention is serious enough to make it appropriate to make the order.

(4)For the purposes of subsection (3)(b), the court may, in particular, have regard to—

(a)whether the contravention was deliberate or repeated;

(b)the time taken for the contravention to be remedied;

(c)whether the voteholder ignored warnings or requests for compliance from the FCA;

(d)the size of the holding of shares to which the contravention relates;

(e)any impact of the contravention on the integrity of the UK financial system;

(f)the effect of the contravention on any company merger or takeover.

(5)A voting rights suspension order may be made in relation to some or all of the shares to which the application relates.

(6)A voting rights suspension order may be made for a specified period or an indefinite period.

(7)A voting rights suspension order takes effect—

(a)on the date specified in the order, or

(b)if no date is specified, at the time it is made.

(8)Where a voting rights suspension order has been made, the FCA, the person to whom it applies or the company which issued the shares to which it relates, may apply to the court for—

(a)a variation of the order so as to alter the period for which it has effect or the shares in relation to which it has effect, or

(b)the discharge of the order.

(9)The FCA must consult the PRA before making an application to the court under this section in relation to—

(a)a person who is a PRA-authorised person, or

(b)shares issued by a PRA-authorised person.

(10)The jurisdiction conferred by this section is exercisable—

(a)in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, by the High Court, and

(b)in Scotland, by the Court of Session.

(11)In this section—

  • “relevant transparency provision” means—

    (a)

    a provision of the transparency rules which implements Article 9, 10, 12, 13 or 13a of the transparency obligations directive, or

    (b)

    a provision otherwise made in accordance with that directive which implements any of those Articles;

  • “voteholder” has the meaning given by section 89J(3).]

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