POLICY STATEMENTS AND GUIDANCE NOTES
Guide to circulation in Jersey of offers for subscription, sale or exchange of securities* originating outside Jersey
*("Securities" includes units in a unit trust, and interests in a limited partnership)
The circulation in Jersey of offers for subscription, sale or exchange of securities (including units in a unit trust) originating outside the Island is governed by the Control of Borrowing (Jersey) Order 1958 as amended (the "COBO").
Generally the COBO restricts the circulation of such prospectuses in the Island without the consent of the Commission but the COBO does provide wide exceptions. If the criteria for the exceptions are met then there is no need to obtain any permission for the circulation of such prospectuses. If they are not, the prior consent of the Commission must be obtained.
The circulation of such prospectuses can also be subject to Article 14 (Prospectuses) of the Collective Investment Funds (Jersey) Law 1988 (the "Law"). In particular under paragraph (1) of that Article the Jersey Financial Services Commission (the "Commission") may, by Order, prohibit, restrict or control the promotion by or on behalf of any person, of collective investment funds, or any class of such funds. The only Order is the Collective Investment Funds (Certified Funds - Prospectuses) (Jersey) Order 2012 (the "Prospectus Order"). In general, the Prospectus Order applies to Jersey certified funds.
Furthermore, under Article 16 (Offences and Penalties) of the Law and under Article 2 (Fraudulent inducement to invest money) of the Investors (Prevention of Fraud) (Jersey) Law 1967 there are criminal sanctions in relation to misleading statements and practices.
When a consent is required Top
Article 8 of the COBO prohibits, other than with the consent of the Commission, the circulation in Jersey of any offer for subscription, sale or exchange ("offers") of any government securities, other than such securities issued by Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom or the States of any of the Channel Islands, or of any securities of any body corporate ("company") not incorporated under the law of Jersey or any units under any unit trust scheme not governed by the law of Jersey.
Article 10(1)(c) contains a similar prohibition on the circulation of offers relating to partnership interests created under a limited partnership not established under Jersey laws.
Exemptions from the requirement Top
present position as to exemptions under Article 8 is that :-
1. for any securities of any government (other than Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom or the States of any of the Channel Islands) exemption is provided if:-
(a) the offer does not constitute an offer to the public;
(b) the offer is valid in the United Kingdom or the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
2. for the securities of any company not incorporated under the law of the Island and units under a unit trust scheme not governed by the law of the Island exemption is provided if:-
(a) the offer does not constitute an offer to the public;
(b) the offer is valid in the United Kingdom or in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and is mutatis mutandis circulated in Jersey only to persons similar to those to whom and in a manner similar to that in which it is for the time being being circulated in the United Kingdom or in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
Definitions of what constitute offers to the public and valid offers in the United Kingdom and in Guernsey are contained in Article 8.
The exemptions in 2 above are disallowed if there is a "relevant connection with the Island". A relevant connection arises where, for example:-
• the management or administration of the company or of the unit trust or a distributor or trustee of the unit trust exists in the Island; or
• control of any such company is exercised from within the Island; or
• if one or more of every three members of the Board of Directors of the company is a resident in the Island; or
• such a company has entered into or is about to enter into an agreement with a person resident in the Island material to the offer; or
• a business material to the offer is carried on directly or indirectly by such company in or from within the Island; or
• the offer is an offer for exchange of securities of such company for securities of a company incorporated under the law of the Island, or for units of a unit trust scheme if either the scheme is governed by the law of the Island or the units are to be registered in the Island.
At present there are no exemptions from the requirements of Article 10(1)(c).
Seeking the consent of the Commission Top
If no exemption applies then application must be made to the Commission to obtain consent to circulate the prospectus in the Island.
A copy of the Commission's Policy Statement is attached. Beyond this there are no set requirements as to what the prospectus must contain. This approach is taken because most frequently the wish to circulate a prospectus in Jersey is merely incidental to the wider purposes of circulating the prospectus perhaps world wide.
In order to obtain consent it is required that the prospectus should meet the best international practice in providing information to prospective investors.
Furthermore, the Commission may well call for additional information as to what is being offered. It is unlikely that the Commission will permit prospectuses to be offered in Jersey in relation to schemes established outside the Island unless such schemes would have been permitted to be established in Jersey.
While accepting that the prospectus may be in a form particular to the home territory of the scheme, it is expected that it will include a statement of responsibility on the part of the promoters of the scheme. The prospectus will also be expected to contain all material information which investors (including if it be the case, persons who cannot be expected to have any special knowledge of the nature of the type of investments being offered), and their professional advisers would reasonably require, and would reasonably be expected to find and to have brought fairly to their attention in the prospectus for the purpose of making an informed judgement about the merits of participating in the offer and which information is within the knowledge of the promoters of the scheme or which would have been obtained by their making reasonable enquiries.
Jersey Financial Services Commission
PO Box 267
14-18 Castle Street
Jersey, JE4 8TP
Telephone: +44 (0)1534 822000
Facsimile: +44 (0)1534 822001
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jersey Financial Services Commission Policy Statement Regarding
Consent Pursuant to the Control of Borrowing (Jersey) Order 1958 as amended ('COBO') to the Circulation of a Prospectus
Article 8 of the COBO provides that a person shall not, without the consent of the Commission, circulate in the Island, any offer for subscription, sale or exchange ("offer") of any:-
i) securities of any government other than Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom or the States of any of the Channel Islands;
ii) securities of any body corporate not incorporated under the law of the Island;
iii) units under a unit trust scheme not governed by the law of the Island.
In each of the above cases Article 8 also provides certain exemptions from the general requirement.
Article 10(1)(c) contains similar provisions in relation to offers relating to partnership interests created under a limited partnership not established in accordance with the Limited Partnerships (Jersey) Law 1994. There is no exemption to the requirements of this Article. For the purposes of this policy statement, any document, or combination of documents which constitutes such an offer will be referred to as a "prospectus". The issuers of such documents may however make use of other terms such as explanatory memorandum or scheme particulars to refer to them.
2. General Policy
2.1 The Commission will normally give consent under Article 8 or Article 10(1)(c) of COBO to the circulation of a prospectus if it is satisfied:-
(a) that the purpose for which the offer is being made is in accordance with the need to protect the integrity of the Island in commercial and financial matters and is in the best economic interests of the Island; and
(b) that this issuer of the securities or units and all other entities associated with the offer are acceptable to the Commission.To that end the Commission will apply the same criteria as would have been applied to the grant of any permission, approval or consent which would have been necessary if the securities or units which are the subject of the offer were being issued in Jersey.
2.2 The Commission will require that the prospectus meets generally accepted international practice in providing information to prospective investors, and to that end:-
(a) in the case of a collective investment scheme (whether or not it is a collective investment fund as defined in the Collective Investment Funds (Jersey) Law, 1988), the Commission will have regard to the Schedule to the Collective Investment Funds (Certified Funds - Prospectuses) (Jersey) Order 2012 in determining what is an acceptable standard for the provision of the information; and
(b) in all other cases concerning the issue of securities, the Commission will have regard to the Schedule to the Companies (General Provisions) (Jersey) Order 2002.
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