Takeovers Code (Fulton Hogan Limited) Exemption Notice 2007

  • expired
  • Takeovers Code (Fulton Hogan Limited) Exemption Notice 2007: expired, on 1 December 2007, by clause 3.

Reprint
as at 1 December 2007

Takeovers Code (Fulton Hogan Limited) Exemption Notice 2007

(SR 2007/327)

  • Takeovers Code (Fulton Hogan Limited) Exemption Notice 2007: expired, on 1 December 2007, by clause 3.


Note

Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.

This notice is administered by the Takeovers Panel.


Pursuant to section 45 of the Takeovers Act 1993, the Takeovers Panel gives the following notice (to which is appended a statement of reasons of the Takeovers Panel).

1 Title
  • This notice is the Takeovers Code (Fulton Hogan Limited) Exemption Notice 2007.

2 Application
  • This notice applies to acts or omissions occurring on or after 4 September 2001.

3 Expiry
  • This notice expires on the close of 30 November 2007.

4 Interpretation
  • (1) In this notice, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    Act means the Takeovers Act 1993

    buybacks means the acquisitions by Fulton Hogan, in accordance with its constitution, of voting securities on the dates listed in Schedule 2

    Code means the Takeovers Code under the Act

    control percentage means the percentage of voting securities that a person holds or controls

    employee share scheme means the scheme operated and administered by Fulton Hogan under which selected employees of Fulton Hogan, and of its wholly owned subsidiary companies, are provided with the opportunity to be allotted voting securities

    Fulton Hogan means Fulton Hogan Limited

    Fulton shareholders means the persons listed in Schedule 1

    Fulton transferees means the persons listed in the first column of Schedule 3

    Panel means the Takeovers Panel

    share bonus scheme means the scheme operated and administrated by Fulton Hogan under which selected senior employees of Fulton Hogan, and of its wholly owned subsidiary companies, are provided with the opportunity to be allotted voting securities in lieu of part of their annual cash performance bonus

    Shell means Shell New Zealand Holding Company Limited

    transaction means, as appropriate, each of the following transactions that resulted in a person increasing his, her, or its voting control

    • (a) the buybacks:

    • (b) the transfers of voting securities set out in Schedule 3:

    • (c) the allotment of voting securities under the rights offer made by Fulton Hogan on 19 December 2001:

    • (d) the allotments of voting securities under the employee share scheme listed in Schedule 4:

    • (e) the allotments of voting securities under the share bonus scheme listed in Schedule 5

    voting security means a voting security in Fulton Hogan.

    (2) In this notice, a reference to a person increasing voting control is a reference to the person becoming the holder or controller of an increased percentage of the voting rights in Fulton Hogan.

    (3) Any term or expression that is defined in the Act or the Code and used, but not defined, in this notice has the same meaning as in the Act or the Code.

5 Exemption from rule 6(1) of Code for Shell and Fulton shareholders in respect of buybacks
  • Shell and each of the Fulton shareholders is exempted from rule 6(1) of the Code in respect of any increase in that person's voting control resulting from the buybacks.

6 Application of clause 5
  • The exemption in clause 5 applies only to a person whose voting control has subsequently decreased to, or below, the control percentage of that person immediately before the increase in that person's voting control resulting from the buybacks.

7 Exemption from rule 6(1) of Code in respect of transfers of voting securities to Fulton transferees
  • Each of the Fulton transferees is exempted from rule 6(1) of the Code in respect of any increase in that person's voting control resulting from the transfers of voting securities set out in Schedule 3.

8 Exemption from rule 6(1) of Code in respect of allotment of voting securities under rights offer
  • Robert Jeffreys Fulton and Jules Richard Hurst Fulton are exempted from rule 6(1) of the Code in respect of the increase in their voting control resulting from the allotment of voting securities under the rights offer made by Fulton Hogan on 19 December 2001.

9 Exemption from rule 6(1) of Code in respect of allotments of voting securities under employee share scheme
  • Robert Jeffreys Fulton, Jules Richard Hurst Fulton, John Arthur Fulton, and Richard Edward Fulton are exempted from rule 6(1) of the Code in respect of the increases in their voting control resulting from the allotments of voting securities under the employee share scheme listed in Schedule 4.

10 Exemption from rule 6(1) of Code in respect of allotments of voting securities under share bonus scheme
  • Robert Jeffreys Fulton and Jules Richard Hurst Fulton are exempted from rule 6(1) of the Code in respect of the increases in their voting control resulting from the allotments of voting securities under the share bonus scheme listed in Schedule 5.

11 Exemption from rule 6(1) of Code for trustees of Catherine Valpy Dunn Family Trust in respect of buybacks
  • Trustees Executors Limited and Catherine Valpy Dunn as trustees of the Catherine Valpy Dunn Family Trust are exempted from rule 6(1) of the Code in respect of the increases in their voting control resulting from the buybacks.

12 Conditions of exemptions in clauses 7 to 11
  • The exemptions in clauses 7 to 11 are subject to the conditions that—

    • (a) each increase in voting control is approved by an ordinary resolution of the shareholders of Fulton Hogan; and

    • (b) the notice of meeting containing the proposed resolution contains, or is accompanied by,—

      • (i) the identity of the person whose increase in voting control is to be approved by the resolution (the exempted person); and

      • (ii) particulars of the transaction that resulted in the exempted person increasing his, her, or its voting control in breach of rule 6 of the Code and the reasons for the transaction; and

      • (iii) particulars of the voting control of the exempted person, including—

        • (A) the voting control of the person prior to the transaction, expressed as a percentage of the total number of voting securities on issue at that time; and

        • (B) the maximum voting control that was held or controlled by the person, expressed as a percentage of the total voting securities on issue, as a result of the transaction; and

        • (C) the maximum voting control that was held or controlled by the person and the person's associates, expressed as a percentage of the total voting securities on issue, as a result of the transaction; and

      • (iv) the consideration paid for, or attributed to, the voting securities; and

      • (v) a statement to the effect that the increase in the exempted person's voting control, if approved, would be permitted as an exception to rule 6 of the Code; and

      • (vi) a statement by the directors of Fulton Hogan in relation to the increase that complies with rule 19 of the Code (prepared as if the reference in that rule to acquisition under rule 7(c) of the Code, or allotment under rule 7(d) of the Code, was the transaction that resulted in the exempted person increasing his, her, or its voting control); and

    • (c) neither the exempted person nor any person who is or was at the time an associate of the exempted person votes in favour of the resolution; and

    • (d) at the same time that the notice of meeting containing the proposed resolution is sent to shareholders, Fulton Hogan also sends to the Panel, in hard copy and in electronic form, a copy of the notice, and any document accompanying it that relates to the meeting; and

    • (e) at the same time that a person (if any) publishes or sends to the shareholders, in respect of the meeting, a statement or information that was not required to be published or sent by the rules of the Code, or by this clause as a condition of this exemption, that person also sends to the Panel, in hard copy and in electronic form, a copy of that statement or information; and

    • (f) the form of the notice of meeting is approved by the Panel; and

    • (g) the notice of meeting displays, in a prominent position, a disclaimer stating that by exempting the increase in the voting securities held or controlled by the exempted person from rule 6(1) of the Code the Panel is—

      • (i) neither endorsing nor supporting the accuracy or reliability of the contents of the notice of meeting; and

      • (ii) not implying it has a view on the merits of the transaction that resulted in the exempted person increasing his, her, or its voting control.


Schedule 1
Fulton shareholders

cls 4(1), 5

Prudence Clare Adams

Nicola Ann Cocks

Ngaio Margaret Double

Catherine Valpy Dunn

Penelope Susan Franklin

Donald James Paul Fulton

Heather Mary Fulton

Dr James Douglas Fulton

Jeffery Alistair Fulton

John Arthur Fulton

John Michael Edmund Fulton

Jules Richard Hurst Fulton

Kerry Louise Fulton

Margaret Ann W Fulton

Molly Maureen Fulton

Nicholas Fulton

Richard Edward Fulton

Richard James Fulton

Robert Jeffreys Fulton

Timothy Simon Fulton

Alistair Ewan Gebbie

Stewart Keith Gebbie

Patricia Clare Hodgson

Peter Fulton Hodgson

Roderick Andrew Hodgson

William Fulton Hodgson

Elisabeth C G Prain

Rosalind Andrea Rattenbury

Janet Ann Velvin

Alan Trevor Gebbie and Barbara Owen Gebbie as trustees of A T Gebbie Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Penelope Susan Franklin as trustees of CJ & PS Franklin Childrens Trust

Trustees Executors Limited as trustee in Estate Morice H Law

Alistair Ewan Gebbie and Barbara Owen Gebbie as trustees of Fazenda Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of Frankton Property Trust

Trustees Executors Limited as trustee of Gebbie Grandchildrens Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and James Douglas Fulton as trustees of J D Fulton Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and James Douglas Fulton as trustees of J D Fulton No 2 Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Jeffery Alistair Fulton as trustees of Jeffery A Fulton Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and John Michael Edmund Fulton as trustees of J M E Fulton Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Jules Richard Hurst Fulton as trustees of J R H Fulton Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J R H Fulton No 2 Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J R H Fulton No 3 Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and John Arthur Fulton as trustees of John Arthur Fulton Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited, Jules Richard Hurst Fulton, and Susan Mary Fulton as trustees of Jules & Sue Fulton Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of Jules & Sue Fulton No 2 Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited as trustee of Katharine Gebbie Trust

Trustees Executors Limited, John Michael Edmund Fulton, and Phoebe Woodbine Fulton as trustees of M & P Fulton Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Margaret Ann Wallace Fulton as trustees of MAW Fulton Grandchildrens Trust

Trustees Executors Limited as agent of Molly Maureen Fulton

Trustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of N Fulton Trust No 2

Trustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of Owen Gebbie Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of P C Hodgson No 3 Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Penelope Susan Franklin as trustees of P S Franklin Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited, Roderick Andrew Hodgson, and John Law Fulton as trustees of Patricia Clare Hodgson No 2 Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Prudence Clare Fulton as trustees of Prudence C Fulton Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Nicola Ann Cocks as trustees of R A Rattenbury Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and John Law Fulton as trustees of R J Fulton No 2 Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Richard Edward Fulton as trustees of Richard Edward Fulton Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Robert Jeffreys Fulton as trustees of Robert Fulton Family Trust

Stewart Keith Gebbie and Alan Trevor Gebbie as trustees of S K Gebbie Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Donald James Paul Fulton as trustees of The DJP Fulton Family Trust

Ngaio Margaret Double, Kenneth Graham Double, and Stewart Keith Gebbie as trustees of The Double Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited, Kerry Louise Fulton, and Donald James Paul Fulton as trustees of The Louise Fulton No 1 Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Rosalind Andrea Rattenbury as trustees of The N A Cocks Family Trust

Janet Ann Velvin, Patrick David Velvin, and Alistair Ewan Gebbie as trustees of The Velvin Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and Timothy Simon Fulton as trustees of Timothy S Fulton Family Trust

Trustees Executors Limited and William Henry Fulton as trustees of W H Fulton Family Trust

Schedule 2
Date of buybacks

cls 4(1), 5, 11

20 February 2002

19 March 2002

17 April 2002

22 May 2002

20 June 2002

18 October 2002

19 March 2003

24 April 2003

21 May 2003

18 June 2003

23 July 2003

20 August 2003

23 September 2003

17 October 2003

24 March 2004

21 April 2004

19 May 2004

23 June 2004

21 July 2004

18 August 2004

22 September 2004

29 October 2004

31 March 2005

27 April 2005

25 May 2005

29 June 2005

27 July 2005

31 August 2005

28 September 2005

28 October 2005

29 March 2006

27 April 2006

31 May 2006

28 June 2006

26 July 2006

30 August 2006

27 September 2006

27 October 2006

28 March 2007

2 May 2007

Schedule 3
Transfers of voting securities to Fulton transferees

cls 4(1), 7

Name of Fulton transfereeName of transferorDate of transfer
Trustees Executors Limited and John Michael Edmund Fulton as trustees of J M E Fulton Family TrustJohn Michael Edmund Fulton26 October 2001
Trustees Executors Limited as trustee of Katharine Gebbie TrustKatharine May Gebbie26 October 2001
Trustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of N Fulton Trust No 2Nicholas Fulton27 October 2001
Trustees Executors Limited and Penelope Susan Franklin as trustees of CJ & PS Franklin Childrens TrustPenelope Susan Franklin19 March 2002
Trustees Executors Limited and John Michael Edmund Fulton as trustees of J M E Fulton Family TrustJohn Michael Edmund Fulton19 March 2002
Trustees Executors Limited, Kerry Louise Fulton, and Donald James Paul Fulton as trustees of The Louise Fulton No 1 TrustKerry Louise Fulton19 March 2002
Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of Frankton Property TrustRichard James Fulton21 August 2002
Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of Frankton Property TrustTrustees Executors Limited as agent of Molly Maureen Fulton21 August 2002
Trustees Executors Limited and Jeffery Alistair Fulton as trustees of Jeffery A Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family Trust18 October 2002
Trustees Executors Limited and Prudence Clare Fulton as trustees of Prudence C Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family Trust18 October 2002
Trustees Executors Limited and Timothy Simon Fulton as trustees of Timothy S Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family Trust18 October 2002
Trustees Executors Limited and James Douglas Fulton as trustees of J D Fulton No 2 Family TrustDr James Douglas Fulton21 May 2003
Stewart Keith Gebbie and Alan Trevor Gebbie as trustees of S K Gebbie Family TrustStewart Keith Gebbie20 August 2003
Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of Frankton Property TrustMolly Maureen Fulton23 September 2003
Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of Frankton Property TrustRichard James Fulton23 September 2003
Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of Frankton Property TrustTrustees Executors Limited as agent of Molly Maureen Fulton23 September 2003
Trustees Executors Limited and Jeffery Alistair Fulton as trustees of Jeffery A Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family Trust23 September 2003
Trustees Executors Limited and Prudence Clare Fulton as trustees of Prudence C Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family Trust23 September 2003
Trustees Executors Limited and Timothy Simon Fulton as trustees of Timothy S Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family Trust23 September 2003
Alistair Ewan Gebbie and Barbara Owen Gebbie as trustees of Fazenda TrustAlistair Ewan Gebbie17 October 2003
Janet Ann Velvin, Patrick David Velvin, and Alistair Ewan Gebbie as trustees of The Velvin Family TrustJanet Ann Velvin22 September 2004
Trustees Executors Limited and Penelope Susan Franklin as trustees of P S Franklin Family TrustPenelope Susan Franklin29 October 2004
Ngaio Margaret Double, Kenneth Graham Double, and Stewart Keith Gebbie as trustees of The Double Family TrustNgaio Margaret Double29 October 2004
Alistair Ewan Gebbie and Barbara Owen Gebbie as trustees of Fazenda TrustAlistair Ewan Gebbie5 December 2004
Trustees Executors Limited and Catherine Valpy Dunn as trustees of Catherine Valpy Dunn Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust2 March 2005
Trustees Executors Limited and James Douglas Fulton as trustees of J D Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust2 March 2005
Trustees Executors Limited and John Arthur Fulton as trustees of John Arthur Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust2 March 2005
Trustees Executors Limited and Richard Edward Fulton as trustees of Richard Edward Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust2 March 2005
Trustees Executors Limited and Robert Jeffreys Fulton as trustees of Robert Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust2 March 2005
Trustees Executors Limited and William Henry Fulton as trustees of W H Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust2 March 2005
Timothy Simon FultonElisabeth C G Prain31 March 2005
Trustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of N Fulton Trust No 2Timothy Simon Fulton27 April 2005
Nicholas FultonTimothy Simon Fulton27 April 2005
Trustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family TrustTimothy Simon Fulton27 April 2005
Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J R H Fulton No 2 Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Jules Richard Hurst Fulton as trustees of J R H Fulton Family Trust27 January 2006
Jules Richard Hurst FultonTrustees Executors Limited, Jules Richard Hurst Fulton, and Susan Mary Fulton as trustees of Jules & Sue Fulton Family Trust1 March 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J R H Fulton No 3 TrustJules Richard Hurst Fulton1 March 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of Jules & Sue Fulton No 2 Family TrustJules Richard Hurst Fulton1 March 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of Jules & Sue Fulton No 2 Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited, Jules Richard Hurst Fulton, and Susan Mary Fulton as trustees of Jules & Sue Fulton Family Trust1 March 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and Donald James Paul Fulton as trustees of The DJP Fulton Family TrustDonald James Paul Fulton29 March 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and Catherine Valpy Dunn as trustees of Catherine Valpy Dunn Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust31 May 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and James Douglas Fulton as trustees of J D Fulton No 2 Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and James Douglas Fulton as trustees of J D Fulton Family Trust31 May 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and James Douglas Fulton as trustees of J D Fulton No 2 Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust31 May 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and John Arthur Fulton as trustees of John Arthur Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust31 May 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and Richard Edward Fulton as trustees of Richard Edward Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust31 May 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and Robert Jeffreys Fulton as trustees of Robert Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust31 May 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and William Henry Fulton as trustees of W H Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Richard James Fulton as trustees of J L Fulton No 2 Trust31 May 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and Nicola Ann Cocks as trustees of R A Rattenbury Family TrustRosalind Andrea Rattenbury30 August 2006
Trustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of N Fulton Trust No 227 September 2006
Trustees Executors Limited, John Michael Edmund Fulton, and Phoebe Woodbine Fulton as trustees of M & P Fulton Family TrustJohn Michael Edmund Fulton28 February 2007
Trustees Executors Limited and Jeffery Alistair Fulton as trustees of Jeffery A Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family Trust28 March 2007
Trustees Executors Limited and Prudence Clare Fulton as trustees of Prudence C Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family Trust28 March 2007
Trustees Executors Limited and Timothy Simon Fulton as trustees of Timothy S Fulton Family TrustTrustees Executors Limited and Nicholas Fulton as trustees of Nicholas Fulton Family Trust28 March 2007
Trustees Executors Limited and Robert Jeffreys Fulton as trustees of Robert Fulton Family TrustRobert Jeffreys Fulton2 May 2007
Trustees Executors Limited, Kerry Louise Fulton, and Donald James Paul Fulton as trustees of The Louise Fulton No 1 TrustKerry Louise Fulton2 May 2007

Schedule 4
Allotments of voting securities under employee share scheme

cls 4(1), 9

Name of allotteeDate of allotment
Robert Jeffreys Fulton19 December 2001
 18 February 2004
Jules Richard Hurst Fulton19 December 2001
 18 February 2004
John Arthur Fulton2 March 2005
Richard Edward Fulton19 February 2003

Schedule 5
Allotments of voting securities under share bonus scheme

cls 4(1), 10

Name of allotteeDate of allotment
Robert Jeffreys Fulton4 September 2001
 19 September 2002
 17 December 2003
 1 December 2004
 1 March 2006
Jules Richard Hurst Fulton4 September 2001
 19 September 2002
 17 December 2003
 1 December 2004
 1 March 2006

Dated at Wellington this 26th day of October 2007.

The Common Seal of the Takeovers Panel was affixed in the presence of:

David J Quigg,

Member.

[Seal]

Statement of reasons

This notice applies to acts or omissions on or after 4 September 2001 and expires on 30 November 2007.

The notice exempts Shell New Zealand Holding Company Limited (Shell), each of the shareholders in Fulton Hogan Limited (Fulton Hogan) that represent interests of the Fulton family (the Fulton shareholders), and Trustees Executors Limited and Catherine Valpy Dunn as trustees of the Catherine Valpy Dunn Family Trust from rule 6(1) of the Takeovers Code (the Code) in relation to certain increases in their voting control that resulted from a number of transactions occurring between September 2001 and July 2007.

It is arguable that the Fulton shareholders and Trustees Executors Limited and Catherine Valpy Dunn as trustees of the Catherine Valpy Dunn Family Trust are associates for the purposes of the Code and the exemption application was considered on this basis.

Between September 2001 and July 2007 a number of transactions occurred which resulted in the parties named above increasing their control percentage. These increases appear to have inadvertently breached the Code. These historical transactions include Fulton Hogan acquiring its own voting securities, allotments of securities under Fulton Hogan's employee share scheme, allotments of securities under Fulton Hogan's share bonus scheme, transfers of securities between some Fulton shareholders, and allotments of securities under a rights offer.

The Takeovers Panel considers that it is appropriate to grant Shell and the Fulton shareholders an exemption from rule 6(1) of the Code in relation to increases in voting control that resulted from Fulton Hogan acquiring its own voting securities, in circumstances where that increased voting control has subsequently been decreased, and that the exemptions are consistent with the objectives of the Code for the following reasons:

  • buybacks can lead to persons inadvertently increasing their voting control in breach of the Code. Clause 5 of the Takeovers Code (Class Exemptions) Notice (No 2) 2001 (the class notice) provides a mechanism for dealing with such increases in a manner consistent with the objectives of the Code:

  • although the relevant increases in voting control have been eliminated, Shell and the Fulton shareholders are not able to rely on clause 5 of the class notice (even though the relevant increases have subsequently been eliminated) as the relevant increases in voting control were not eliminated within 6 months of the increases and the voting rights in relation to those securities were exercised before those increases were eliminated:

  • the apparent breaches of the Code were inadvertent.

The Takeovers Panel considers that it is appropriate to grant to Robert Jeffreys Fulton, Jules Richard Hurst Fulton, John Arthur Fulton, Richard Edward Fulton, Trustees Executors Limited and Catherine Valpy Dunn as trustees of the Catherine Valpy Dunn Family Trust, and the Fulton transferees an exemption from rule 6(1) of the Code in relation to the various transactions mentioned above that resulted in those individuals increasing their voting control, where that increase was not subsequently decreased to, or below, the control percentage of the person immediately before the increase in the person's voting control, and that the exemptions are consistent with the objectives of the Code for the following reasons:

  • the Code contains certain mechanisms that allow shareholders to approve an increase in a person's voting control that would otherwise breach the fundamental rule. The exempted persons cannot rely on these mechanisms, as the transactions are historical in nature and the Code mechanisms do not provide for retrospective approval by shareholders:

  • the conditions to the exemptions appropriately mirror the shareholder approval mechanisms contained in the Code because they require certain information in relation to the increases in voting control to be provided to shareholders and allow those shareholders who are not associates of the exempted persons the opportunity to vote on whether to retrospectively approve the increases:

  • the apparent breaches of the Code were inadvertent.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 1 November 2007.


Contents

  • 1General

  • 2About this eprint

  • 3List of amendments incorporated in this eprint (most recent first)


Notes
1 General
  • This is an eprint of the Takeovers Code (Fulton Hogan Limited) Exemption Notice 2007. It incorporates all the amendments to the Takeovers Code (Fulton Hogan Limited) Exemption Notice 2007 as at 1 December 2007. The list of amendments at the end of these notes specifies all the amendments incorporated into this eprint since 9 November 2007. Relevant provisions of any amending enactments that contain transitional, savings, or application provisions are also included, after the Principal enactment, in chronological order.

2 About this eprint
  • This eprint has not been officialised. For more information about officialisation, please see "Making online legislation official" under "Status of legislation on this site" in the About section of this website.

3 List of amendments incorporated in this eprint (most recent first)