A prospectus must be prepared when transferable securities (for example, shares, bonds or derivative instruments) are offered to the general public or admitted to trading on a regulated market. Prospectuses should be submitted to FI for review and approval.
A prospectus must contain all of the information that is necessary for an investor to be able to make an informed assessment of the issuer and the transferable security that is being offered or admitted to trading. The information should be written in a manner that is easy to understand and analyse.
Approved prospectuses may be used in other countries within the EEA given that FI has issued a certificate (European passport).
The rules governing prospectuses aim to safeguard good protection for the investor and facilitate the raising of capital across EU borders.