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Cyprus

Takeovers

Updated 11/2012

Legal requirements

The general principles of the act on public takeover bids to acquire securities of a company the securities of which are listed for trading in the Republic is equal treatment and protection of all securities' holders of the company under takeover. Moreover, the law regulates procedural issues relating to the timing of the process and the relevant rights and obligations of all parties.

The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission is the competent authority for the supervision and application of the provisions of the law on public takeover bids. It was established by the 2001 Act as a public law legal entity.

Retiring business owners need to plan the transfer of their business in advance.

Some standard requirements to be completed when taking over a business are the same as when setting up a new business.

Administrative procedures

Registration

Once the offeror announces the decision to proceed with a public takeover bid, the boards of the offeree company must immediately inform their staff and shareholders. The offeror will have to prepare a public offer document and present it to the board of the offeree company as well as to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Should the Commission approve the publication of the document, the offeror:

  • communicates and publishes the approval of the document,
  • forwards the document to the offeree company,
  • sends a copy of the offer document to the holders of securities subject to the bid,
  • publishes the document on its website,
  • sends the document to the regulated market where the securities subject to the bid are listed.

Subsequently, the offeree company informs its employees and publishes a document containing its opinion of the bid, including the views of the employees, if different. The aforementioned document is posted to holders of securities subject to the bid, who must accept the bid within a defined time limit.

Acceptance of the bid by a recipient is made by a written declaration or electronic message from an Operating Account Operator of the Central Depository and Central Registry of Securities, representing the recipient of the bid. This declaration must be addressed to a credit institution or an I.F. ΕΠΕΥ (Investment Firms), as specified by offeror in the bid.

The transfer of securities subject to the bid is done simultaneously with the payment of the consideration of the bid or with the transfer of any securities subject to the bid.

Resources

The Companies Section of the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver of the Ministry of Commerce is responsible for the registration, monitoring, control and deregistration of local companies, foreign companies, cooperative societies and trade names.

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