European Securities Law Update: Prospectus Regulation

In our latest European Securities Law Update and following the recent publication of the ESMA final report of technical advice issued on 3 April 2018 we provide a high-level synopsis of the recent Prospectus Regulation, its implementation in Ireland and its applicability as regards Irish SPVs operating in the debt capital markets (“DCM”) space.

Timing and Implementation
Regulation (EU) 2017/1129 (the “New Regulation”) entered into force in Ireland on 20 July 2017. The New Regulation will take effect from 21 July 2019, save for a handful of specific provisions as outlined below.

The New Regulation forms part of the EU’s Capital Markets Union initiative which aims to ensure investor protection and market efficiency, while enhancing the internal market for capital.

The New Regulation will replace and repeal the existing Prospectus Directive regime and related measures (the “Old Regime”). The new rules are introduced by directly effective European regulation in order to eliminate regulatory arbitrage at Member State level and to ensure consistency and certainty of application.


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