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CORPORATIONS ACT 2001

CHAPTER 7 - FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS    View history reference

PART 7.10 - MARKET MISCONDUCT AND OTHER PROHIBITED CONDUCT RELATING TO FINANCIAL PRODUCTS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES    View history reference

Division 2 - The prohibited conduct (other than insider trading prohibitions)    View history reference

SECTION 1041B  FALSE TRADING AND MARKET RIGGING - CREATING A FALSE OR MISLEADING APPEARANCE OF ACTIVE TRADING ETC.  

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1041B(1)  [False appearance of active trading]  


A person must not do, or omit to do, an act (whether in this jurisdiction or elsewhere) if that act or omission has or is likely to have the effect of creating, or causing the creation of, a false or misleading appearance:


(a) of active trading in financial products on a financial market operated in this jurisdiction; or


(b) with respect to the market for, or the price for trading in, financial products on a financial market operated in this jurisdiction.

Note 1: Failure to comply with this subsection is an offence (see subsection 1311(1)). For defences to a prosecution based on this subsection, see Division 4.

Note 2: This subsection is also a civil penalty provision (see section 1317E). For relief from liability to a civil penalty relating to this subsection, see Division 4 and section 1317S.

1041B(1A)  [Application of Criminal Code]  

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For the purposes of the application of the Criminal Code in relation to an offence based on subsection (1):


(a) intention is the fault element for the physical element consisting of doing or omitting to do an act as mentioned in that subsection; and


(b) recklessness is the fault element for the physical element consisting of having, or being likely to have, the effect of creating, or causing the creation of, a false or misleading appearance as mentioned in that subsection.

Note 1: For intention, see section 5.2 of the Criminal Code.

Note 2: For recklessness, see section 5.4 of the Criminal Code.

1041B(2)  [Circumstances creating misleading appearance]  


For the purposes of subsection (1), a person is taken to have created a false or misleading appearance of active trading in particular financial products on a financial market if the person:


(a) enters into, or carries out, either directly or indirectly, any transaction of acquisition or disposal of any of those financial products that does not involve any change in the beneficial ownership of the products; or


(b) makes an offer (the regulated offer) to acquire or to dispose of any of those financial products in the following circumstances:


(i) the offer is to acquire or to dispose of at a specified price; and

(ii) the person has made or proposes to make, or knows that an associate of the person has made or proposes to make:

(A) if the regulated offer is an offer to acquire - an offer to dispose of; or

(B) if the regulated offer is an offer to dispose of - an offer to acquire;
the same number, or substantially the same number, of those financial products at a price that is substantially the same as the price referred to in subparagraph (i).

Note: The circumstances in which a person creates a false or misleading appearance of active trading in particular financial products on a financial market are not limited to the circumstances set out in this subsection.

1041B(3)  [No change to beneficial ownership]  


For the purposes of paragraph (2)(a), an acquisition or disposal of financial products does not involve a change in the beneficial ownership if:


(a) a person who had an interest in the financial products before the acquisition or disposal; or


(b) an associate of such a person;

has an interest in the financial products after the acquisition or disposal.

1041B(4)  [Invitation or offer]  


The reference in paragraph (2)(a) to a transaction of acquisition or disposal of financial products includes:


(a) a reference to the making of an offer to acquire or dispose of financial products; and


(b) a reference to the making of an invitation, however expressed, that expressly or impliedly invites a person to offer to acquire or dispose of financial products.


 



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