UK Regulatory Approval for Merger

Released : 25.07.2017 13:06:00

RNS Number : 0424M
Standard Life plc
25 July 2017
 

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO ANY RESTRICTED JURISDICTION WHERE TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF THE RELEVANT LAWS OF SUCH JURISDICTION.

THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT IS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND NOT A PROSPECTUS OR PROSPECTUS EQUIVALENT DOCUMENT AND INVESTORS SHOULD NOT MAKE ANY INVESTMENT DECISION IN RELATION TO THE NEW SHARES EXCEPT ON THE BASIS OF THE INFORMATION IN THE SCHEME DOCUMENT, THE PROSPECTUS AND THE CIRCULAR, ALL OF WHICH WERE PUBLISHED ON 9 MAY 2017

 

25 July 2017

Standard Life plc ("Standard Life")

Aberdeen Asset Management PLC ("Aberdeen")

Announcement of UK Regulatory Approval for Merger

 

Standard Life and Aberdeen are pleased to announce that the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority have confirmed their approval to enable the merger between the two groups to proceed.

 

The transaction remains subject to certain regulatory approvals in other jurisdictions and to final approval at a Court hearing scheduled for 11 August 2017.  The merger is currently expected to complete on 14 August 2017.

 



Enquiries:

Standard Life

Media Enquiries

Investor Enquiries

Graeme McEwan
Chief Communications Officer

+44 (0) 7734 974 026

Jakub Rosochowski

Investor Relations Director
+44 (0) 7515 298 608

Aberdeen

Media Enquiries

Investor Enquiries

James Thorneley

Head of Corporate Communications
+44 (0) 20 7463 6323

Shelley Fishwick

Group Investor Relations
+44 (0) 20 7463 6327

 

 

Important Notices

This Announcement is for information purposes only and does not constitute or form part of any offer to sell or subscribe for or any invitation to purchase or subscribe for any securities or the solicitation of any vote or approval in any jurisdiction pursuant to the Proposed Merger. It does not constitute a prospectus or prospectus equivalent document.

Overseas Jurisdictions

The release, publication or distribution of this Announcement in or into jurisdictions other than the United Kingdom may be restricted by law and therefore any persons who are subject to the laws of any jurisdiction other than the United Kingdom should inform themselves about, and observe any applicable legal or regulatory requirements.  Any failure to comply with the applicable restrictions may constitute a violation of the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.  To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law the companies and persons involved in the Merger disclaim any responsibility or liability for the violation of such restrictions by any person.  This Announcement has been prepared for the purpose of complying with English law and the City Code and the information disclosed may not be the same as that which would have been disclosed if this Announcement had been prepared in accordance with the laws of jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom.

Unless otherwise determined by Standard Life or required by the City Code, and permitted by applicable law and regulation, the availability of New Shares to be issued pursuant to the Merger to Aberdeen Shareholders will not be made available, directly or indirectly, in, into or from a Restricted Jurisdiction where to do so would violate the laws in that jurisdiction. Accordingly, copies of this Announcement and any formal documentation relating to the Merger are not being, and must not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise forwarded, distributed or sent in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction or any other jurisdiction where to do so would constitute a violation of the laws of that jurisdiction, and persons receiving such documents (including custodians, nominees and trustees) must not mail or otherwise forward, distribute or send such documents in or into or from any Restricted Jurisdiction.  If the Merger is implemented by way of an Offer (unless otherwise permitted by applicable law and regulation), the Offer may not be made directly or indirectly, in or into, or by the use of mails or any means or instrumentality (including, but not limited to, facsimile, e-mail or other electronic transmission or telephone) of interstate or foreign commerce of, or of any facility of a national, state or other securities exchange of any Restricted Jurisdiction and the Offer may not be capable of acceptance by any such use, means, instrumentality or facilities or from within any Restricted Jurisdiction.

The availability of New Shares pursuant to the Merger to Aberdeen Shareholders who are not resident in the United Kingdom or the ability of those persons to hold such shares may be affected by the laws or regulatory requirements of the relevant jurisdictions in which they are resident. Persons who are not resident in the United Kingdom should inform themselves of, and observe, any applicable legal or regulatory requirements. Aberdeen Shareholders who are in doubt about such matters should consult an appropriate independent professional adviser in the relevant jurisdiction without delay.

Further details in relation to Aberdeen Shareholders in overseas jurisdictions and holders of Aberdeen ADRs are contained in the Scheme Document.

Additional Information for US Investors

The Merger relates to the shares of a Scottish company and is being made by means of a scheme of arrangement provided for under Scottish company law.  A transaction effected by means of a scheme of arrangement is not subject to the tender offer rules or the proxy solicitation rules under the US Exchange Act.  Accordingly, the Merger is subject to the disclosure requirements and practices applicable in the United Kingdom to schemes of arrangement which differ from the disclosure requirements of United States tender offer and proxy solicitation rules.  If, in the future, Standard Life exercises the right to implement the Merger by way of an Offer and determines to extend the Offer into the United States, the Merger will be made in compliance with applicable United States laws and regulations.  Financial information included in the Scheme Documentation has been or will have been prepared in accordance with accounting standards applicable in the United Kingdom that may not be comparable to financial information 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 Aberdeen Shares to enforce their rights and any claim arising out of the US federal laws, since Aberdeen and Standard Life are located in a non-US jurisdiction, and some or all of their officers and directors may be residents of a non-US jurisdiction. US holders of Aberdeen Shares may not be able to sue a non-US company or its officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of the US securities laws.  Further, it may be difficult to compel a non-US company and its affiliates to subject themselves to a US court's judgement.

The Merger is intended to be carried out under a scheme of arrangement provided for under Scottish company law (which has been approved by the Scheme Shareholders). If so, it is expected that any New Shares to be issued pursuant to the Scheme to Aberdeen Shareholders would be issued in reliance upon the exemption from the registration requirements of the US Securities Act, provided by Section 3(a)(10) thereof.

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 laws of such state.

For the purpose of qualifying for the exemption provided by Section 3(a)(10) of the US Securities Act, Aberdeen will advise the Court that its sanctioning of the Scheme will be relied on by Standard Life as an approval of the Scheme following a hearing on its fairness to Aberdeen Shareholders, at which Court hearing all Aberdeen Shareholders are entitled to attend in person or though counsel to support or oppose the sanctioning of the Scheme and with respect to which notification has been given to all such holders.

Publication on website and availability of hard copies

A copy of this Announcement is and will be available, subject to certain restrictions relating to persons resident in Restricted Jurisdictions, for inspection on Standard Life's website www.standardlife.com and on Aberdeen's website www.aberdeen-asset.com by no later than 12 noon (London time) on the Business Day following this Announcement. For the avoidance of doubt, the contents of the websites referred to in this Announcement are not incorporated into and do not form part of this Announcement.

Standard Life Shareholders may request a hard copy of this Announcement by: (i) contacting Standard Life Shareholder Services during business hours on 0345 113 0045 or +44 20 3367 8224 or (ii) by submitting a request in writing to Standard Life Shareholder Services, 34 Beckenham Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4TU.

Aberdeen Shareholders may request a hard copy of this Announcement by: (i) contacting Equiniti during business hours on +44 371 384 2030 (if calling from the UK) or +44 121 415 7047 (if calling from outside the UK) or (ii) by submitting a request in writing to Equiniti at Equiniti Limited, Aspect House, Spencer Road, Lancing, West Sussex BN99 6DA.

If you are in any doubt about the contents of this Announcement or the action you should take, you are recommended to seek your own independent financial advice immediately from your stockbroker, bank manager, solicitor, accountant or independent financial adviser duly authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended) if you are resident in the United Kingdom or, if not, from another appropriately authorised independent financial adviser.

 

LEI number of Standard Life plc: 0TMBS544NMO7GLCE7H90

 


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