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Sweden – FI Market Wizards Short Selling

On 28 March 2024, SWE FI said it is investigating firm re naked short selling. SWE FI is investigating whether Market Wizards BV violated article 12 of Short Selling Regulation (EU) (SSR Reg 236/2012) by short selling shares without coverage. Overview As part of SWE FI's supervision, the regulator carries out investigations to assess whether…
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Thailand – SEC Depository Receipts Proposal

On 30 March 2024, Thai SEC announced revised criteria for non-voting depository receipts (NVDR) services, to support foreign investors in Thai stock market, and prevent Thai investors from using NVDR. Key revisions include prohibiting securities companies from increasing Thai investors' NVDR shareholdings, except through/via pre-enforced rights or legal transfers. Foreign securities companies are required to…
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Australia – ASIC Takeover Bids Guide Reissued

On 27 March 2024, AST ASIC reissued regulatory guide on takeover bids. AST ASIC reissued Regulatory guide 9 - takeover bids (RG 9), which is a guide for listed and unlisted entities, their advisers, and investors involved in a takeover bid. In addition, AST ASIC explained that RG 9 superseded previous version of Sep. 2020.…
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U.K. – Treasury No Longer Controlling Shareholder Re: NatWest

On 28 March 2024, UK Treasury confirmed successful trading plan means government no longer controlling shareholder in NatWest, its shareholding now below 30%. This is down from the peak government shareholding< of around 84%, since trading plan started in Aug. 2021 approximately £5.8 billion in proceeds has been raised. Reduction of shareholding to around 29.8%…
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Australia – ASIC Relevant Interests, Substantial Shareholdings

On 27 March 2024, AST ASIC reissued guide regarding interests and shareholdings. AST ASIC reissued Regulatory guide 5 - relevant interests and substantial shareholding notices (hereafter, RG 5), which is a guide for investors who acquire an interest in the securities of a company or managed investment scheme, and their advisers. RG 5 supersedes June…
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Pakistan – SEC Consideration for Shares (Takeovers)

On 25 March 2024, PAK SEC issued revised Listed companies (substantial acquisition of voting shares and takeovers) regulations, 2017, which were revised on 24 January 2024. Document dated 25 March 2024, received from PAK SEC 26 March, summarized 1 April 2024.
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