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The EU Prospectus Regulation

The EU Prospectus Regulation represents the latest overhaul of the prospectus regime in the EU. Ashurst has designed this portal to help keep you up to date on the EU Prospectus Regulation regime in the context of its continuing development both before and after 21 July 2019, the date of full application.

The EU Prospectus Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2017/1129) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 30 June 2017 and entered into force on 20 July 2017. With effect from 21 July 2019 the EU Prospectus Regulation repealed and replaced the Prospectus Directive (EU Directive 2003/71/EC) and all related level 2 measures and, as an EU regulation, is directly effective across all EU member states without any requirement for implementation into national law.

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The origins of the EU Prospectus Regulation lie in the Prospectus Directive itself. Under the Directive's terms, the European Commission was required to undertake periodic assessments of the Directive's application and, if necessary, reconfigure it to increase its efficiency and ultimately enhance the international competitiveness of the European Union. The EU Prospectus Regulation is the product of the latest process of self-scrutiny and, at the same time, represents a key step forward in the EU's Capital Markets Union agenda.

Ashurst has been at the forefront of legislative developments in this area since the early days of the Prospectus Directive. The Directive in its original form came into effect in 2005, when the existing prospectus regimes of all EU member states were replaced by a single harmonised rulebook. Since that time the EU's prospectus regime has undergone a number of key changes and Ashurst has closely followed this evolution at each stage of its progress. Through close monitoring of legislative and market developments, active participation in consultations and roundtables and ongoing collaboration with the key industry bodies, Ashurst remains well-placed to advise on the full range of issues which impact market practices and the functioning of the international capital markets.

Ashurst has developed this portal to help you navigate and stay up to speed with the EU Prospectus Regulation regime as it continues to evolve.

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Sources of regulation

Legislation currently in force as well as draft delegated regulations

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Key implementation dates of the Prospectus Regulation

The information provided is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all developments in the law and practice, or to cover all aspects of those referred to.
Readers should take legal advice before applying it to specific issues or transactions.