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CORPORATIONS ACT 2001

CHAPTER 6D - FUNDRAISING  

PART 6D.2 - DISCLOSURE TO INVESTORS ABOUT SECURITIES (OTHER THAN FOR CSF OFFERS)  

Division 2 - Offers that need disclosure to investors  

SECTION 707  SALE OFFERS THAT NEED DISCLOSURE  

707(1)  Only some sales need disclosure.  


An offer of securities for sale needs disclosure to investors under this Part only if disclosure is required by subsection (2), (3) or (5).

707(2)  Off-market sale by controller.  


An offer of a body's securities for sale needs disclosure to investors under this Part if:


(a) the person making the offer controls the body; and


(b) either:

(i) the securities are not quoted; or

(ii) although the securities are quoted, they are not offered for sale in the ordinary course of trading on a relevant financial market;
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and section 708 does not say otherwise.

Note: See section 50AA for when a person controls a body.

707(3)  Sale amounting to indirect issue.  

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An offer of a body's securities for sale within 12 months after their issue needs disclosure to investors under this Part if:


(a) the body issued the securities without disclosure to investors under this Part; and


(b) either:


(i) the body issued the securities with the purpose of the person to whom they were issued selling or transferring the securities, or granting, issuing or transferring interests in, or options over, them; or

(ii) the person to whom the securities were issued acquired them with the purpose of selling or transferring the securities, or granting, issuing or transferring interests in, or options over, them;

and section 708 or 708A does not say otherwise.

Note 1: Section 706 normally requires disclosure for the issue of securities. This subsection is intended to prevent avoidance of section 706. However, to establish a contravention of this subsection, the only purpose that needs to be shown is that referred to in paragraph (b).

Note 2: The issuer and the seller must both consent to the disclosure document (see section 720).

707(4)  The purpose test in subsection (3).  

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For the purposes of subsection (3):


(a) securities are taken to be:


(i) issued with the purpose referred to in subparagraph (3)(b)(i); or

(ii) acquired with the purpose referred to in subparagraph (3)(b)(ii);
if there are reasonable grounds for concluding that the securities were issued or acquired with that purpose (whether or not there may have been other purposes for the issue or acquisition); and


(b) without limiting paragraph (a), securities are taken to be:


(i) issued with the purpose referred to in subparagraph (3)(b)(i); or

(ii) acquired with the purpose referred to in subparagraph (3)(b)(ii);
if any of the securities are subsequently sold, or offered for sale, within 12 months after issue, unless it is proved that the circumstances of the issue and the subsequent sale or offer are not such as to give rise to reasonable grounds for concluding that the securities were issued or acquired with that purpose.

707(5)  Sale amounting to indirect off-market sale by controller.  


An offer of a body's securities for sale within 12 months after their sale by a person who controlled the body at the time of the sale needs disclosure to investors under this Part if:


(a) at the time of the sale by the controller either:

(i) the securities were not quoted; or

(ii) although the securities were quoted, they were not offered for sale in the ordinary course of trading on a relevant financial market on which they were quoted; and
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(b) the controller sold the securities without disclosure to investors under this Part; and


(c) either:

(i) the controller sold the securities with the purpose of the person to whom they were sold selling or transferring the securities, or granting, issuing or transferring interests in, or options over, them; or

(ii) the person to whom the securities were sold acquired them with the purpose of selling or transferring the securities, or granting, issuing or transferring interests in, or options over, them;
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and section 708 does not say otherwise.

Note 1: Subsection (2) normally requires disclosure for a sale by a controller. This subsection is intended to prevent avoidance of subsection (2). However, to establish a contravention of this subsection, the only purpose that needs to be shown is that referred to in paragraph (c).

Note 2: See section 50AA for when a person controls a body.

Note 3: The controller and the seller must both consent to the disclosure document (see section 720).

707(6)  The purpose test in subsection (5).  

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For the purposes of subsection (5):


(a) securities are taken to be:


(i) sold with the purpose referred to in subparagraph (5)(c)(i); or

(ii) acquired with the purpose referred to in subparagraph (5)(c)(ii);
if there are reasonable grounds for concluding that the securities were sold or acquired with that purpose (whether or not there may have been other purposes for the sale or acquisition); and


(b) without limiting paragraph (a), securities are taken to be:


(i) sold with the purpose referred to in subparagraph (5)(c)(i); or

(ii) acquired with the purpose referred to in subparagraph (5)(c)(ii);
if any of the securities are subsequently sold, or offered for sale, within 12 months after their sale by the controller, unless it is proved that the circumstances of the initial sale and the subsequent sale or offer are not such as to give rise to reasonable grounds for concluding that the securities were sold or acquired (in the initial sale) with that purpose.


 



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