149 Restrictions on share dealing by directors

(1)

If a director of a company has information in his or her capacity as a director or employee of the company or a related company, being information that would not otherwise be available to him or her, but which is information material to an assessment of the value of shares or other financial products issued by the company or a related company, the director may acquire or dispose of those shares or financial products only if,—

(a)

in the case of an acquisition, the consideration given for the acquisition is not less than the fair value of the shares or financial products; or

(b)

in the case of a disposition, the consideration received for the disposition is not more than the fair value of the shares or financial products.

(2)

For the purposes of subsection (1), the fair value of shares or financial products is to be determined on the basis of all information known to the director or publicly available at the time.

(3)

Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a share or financial product that is acquired or disposed of by a director only as a nominee for the company or a related company.

(4)

Where a director acquires shares or financial products in contravention of subsection (1)(a), the director is liable to the person from whom the shares or financial products were acquired for the amount by which the fair value of the shares or financial products exceeds the amount paid by the director.

(5)

Where a director disposes of shares or financial products in contravention of subsection (1)(b), the director is liable to the person to whom the shares or financial products were disposed of for the amount by which the consideration received by the director exceeds the fair value of the shares or financial products.

(6)

Nothing in this section applies to financial products that are quoted on a licensed market.

Section 149(1): amended, on 1 December 2014, by section 150 of the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (2013 No 70).

Section 149(1)(a): amended, on 1 December 2014, by section 150 of the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (2013 No 70).

Section 149(1)(b): amended, on 1 December 2014, by section 150 of the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (2013 No 70).

Section 149(2): amended, on 1 December 2014, by section 150 of the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (2013 No 70).

Section 149(3): amended, on 1 December 2014, by section 150 of the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (2013 No 70).

Section 149(4): amended, on 1 December 2014, by section 150 of the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (2013 No 70).

Section 149(5): amended, on 1 December 2014, by section 150 of the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (2013 No 70).

Section 149(6): replaced, on 1 December 2014, by section 150 of the Financial Markets (Repeals and Amendments) Act 2013 (2013 No 70).