NZX Regulation has today published five "practice notes" to provide user-friendly advice on common questions raised by issuers and their advisors.

The short notes are designed to complement NZX's more fulsome existing guidance. They cover:

  • engaging with NZX Regulation
  • timing under the NZX Rules
  • notice requirements when issuing securities
  • making administrative announcements, and
  • rights offer timetables, including a spreadsheet to easily generate timetables.

Particularly useful, in our view, is the clarification that cleansing notices for offers of the same class as existing quoted financial products should be released on the ex-date/quotation date for renounceable rights, and on the date on which the offer document is sent to shareholders and released to the market in other cases. This has been an area of inconsistency.

We wholeheartedly support this initiative and look forward to engaging with NZX on suggestions for other areas that would benefit from publication of a practice note.

The information in this article is for informative purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice. Please contact Chapman Tripp for advice tailored to your situation.