Bell Gully has welcomed news that the Securities Commission will grant a number of exemptions from the new disclosure regulations for directors and officers of publicly listed companies.
Quoted in a government news release issued late last week, Commission chair Jane Diplock stated:
"This is welcome news, and the Commission is to be congratulated for taking a pragmatic approach to this situation," said Bell Gully partner Garry Downs. "We are particularly pleased that the two specific exemptions requested in Bell Gully's submission to the Commission in February appear to have been approved."
The Securities Markets Act (Disclosure of Relevant Interests by Directors and Officers) Regulations were due to take effect on 1 March, but the government announced a delay in commencement to 3 May, after companies expressed confusion over exactly what was required of them.
In the release, Ms Diplock indicated that the Commission would formally announce all class exemptions shortly and may issue a practice note about the regulations.
She also urged the market to present all other issues now so that guidance and exemptions can be finalised in time for the regulations' 3 May commencement date.
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