On March 20, 2015, HM Treasury and the FCA issued a joint consultation on the Implementation of the Transparency Amending Directive that entered into force on November 26, 2013 and which amends the Transparency Directive, the Transparency Directive Implementing Directive and the Prospectus Directive. The directives aim to harmonize the information disclosure requirements of companies, and the consultation sets out the proposed amendments to be implemented by HM Treasury to the Financial Services and Markets Act and by the FCA to the FCA’s Disclosure and Transparency Rules, including: (i) the extension of the deadline to publish half-yearly reports and the period of time for which financial reports are publicly available; and (ii) changes to the definition of an issuer. The Transparency Amending Directive must be implemented by EU Member States before November 26, 2015. Comments on the consultation may be submitted until May 20, 2015.

The consultation paper is available at: http://www.fca.org.uk/static/documents/consultation-papers/cp15-11.pdf