Possible offer (the "Offer") by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (“HKEX”) for London Stock Exchange Group plc (“LSEG”)
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The Information contained in this Microsite does not constitute an offer to sell or otherwise dispose of or an invitation or solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities pursuant to the Offer or otherwise in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful. The Offer would be made solely by means of an offer or scheme document which would contain the full terms and conditions of such Offer, including details on how it may be accepted. Any decision made in relation to the Offer should be made solely and only on the basis of the information provided in any such document.
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Additional U.S. information
The Offer relates to the securities of a UK company and is subject to UK procedural and disclosure requirements that are different from those of the United States. Any financial statements or other financial information included in this Microsite may have been prepared in accordance with non-US accounting standards that may not be comparable to the financial statements of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. It may be difficult for US holders of shares to enforce their rights and any claims they may have arising under the US federal securities laws in connection with the Offer, since HKEX and LSEG are located in a country other than the United States, and some or all of their officers and directors may be residents of countries other than the United States. US holders of shares may not be able to sue HKEX and LSEG or their respective officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of the US securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel HKEX and LSEG and their respective affiliates to subject themselves to the jurisdiction or judgment of a US court.
The Offer may be implemented under a scheme of arrangement provided for under English company law (a “Scheme”). A transaction effected by means of a Scheme is not subject to the tender offer rules under the US Securities Exchange Act, as amended (the “US Exchange Act”), and is exempt from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “US Securities Act”). If the Offer is effected by way of a Scheme, any HKEX securities to be issued pursuant to the Offer would be issued in reliance upon the exemption from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act provided by Section 3(a)(10) thereof. In addition, securities issued pursuant to the Scheme will not be registered under any US state securities laws and may only be issued to persons resident in a state pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of the securities law of such state.
Alternatively, the Offer may be implemented by way of a takeover offer. If HKEX exercises its right to implement the Offer by way of a takeover offer, such offer will be made in compliance with all applicable US tender offer (including Rule 14E under the US Exchange Act) and securities laws and regulations, including exemptions provided under Rules 14d-1(c) or (d) under the US Exchange Act and exemptions from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act.
In accordance with normal UK practice and pursuant to Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Exchange Act, HKEX or its nominees, or its brokers (acting as agents), may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, LSEG shares outside of the US, other than pursuant to the Offer, until the date on which the Offer and/or Scheme becomes effective, lapses or is otherwise withdrawn. These purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. Any information about such purchases will be disclosed as required in the UK, and will be reported to a Regulatory Information Service and will be available on the London Stock Exchange website at www.londonstockexchange.com.
Holders of LSEG securities are urged to read any documents related to the Offer filed, furnished or to be filed or furnished with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), if any, because they will contain important information regarding the Offer and any related offer of securities. Such documents will be available free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Nothing in this Microsite shall be deemed an acknowledgement that any SEC filing is required or that an offer requiring registration under the US Securities Act may ever occur in connection with the Offer.
This part of the website and the Information contained in it may contain certain forward-looking statements with respect to the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of HKEX and the HKEX Group (being HKEX and its subsidiaries and subsidiary undertakings) and LSEG and the LSEG Group (being LSEG and its subsidiaries and subsidiary undertakings) following the implementation of the Offer.
All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements of future expectations that are based on management's current expectations and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning the potential exposure of HKEX and the HKEX Group to market risks and statements expressing management’s expectations, beliefs, estimates, forecasts, projections and assumptions, including as to future potential cost savings, synergies, earnings, cash flow, return on capital employed, production and prospects. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as "anticipate", "believe", "could", "estimate", "expect", "goals", "intend", "may", "objectives", "outlook", "plan", "probably", "project", "risks", "seek", "should", "target", "will" and similar terms and phrases.
There are a number of factors that could affect the future operations of HKEX and the HKEX Group and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this Microsite.
All forward-looking statements contained in this Microsite are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional factors that may affect future results are contained in HKEX’s 2018 annual report (available on HKEX’s website). These factors also should be considered by the reader.
Each forward-looking statement speaks only as at the specified date of the relevant document within which the statement is contained. Neither HKEX nor any member of the HKEX Group undertakes any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this Microsite.
Unless expressly stated otherwise, no statement contained or referred to in this Microsite is intended to be a profit forecast.
In relation to any Offer-related materials accessible on this area of the website please note any statement of responsibility contained therein.
The documents included in this Microsite issued or published by HKEX speak only at the specified date of the relevant document and HKEX has, and accepts, no responsibility or duty to update or revise such documents.
In relation to any document, announcement or information that is accessible on this Microsite, the only responsibility accepted by HKEX and its directors is for the correctness and fairness of its reproduction or presentation, unless a responsibility statement in any relevant document expressly provides otherwise.
Neither the directors of HKEX, nor HKEX, nor any of their affiliated companies, have reviewed, and no such person is or shall be responsible for or accepts any liability in respect of, any information contained on any other website which may be linked to or from this Microsite.
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