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SECP Alters Listed Companies’ Takeovers Regulations 2017

SECP Alters Listed Companies’ Takeovers Regulations 2017.

SECP Strengthens Takeover Rules in Pakistan: More Choice and Protection for Minority Shareholders!

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has revised the takeover regulations for listed companies, effective January 24, 2024.

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These changes aim to enhance transparency, fairness, and investor protection in the market.

Key Highlights:

  • Mandatory Public Offer: When acquiring a company, the buyer (Acquirer) must now offer to purchase shares from minority shareholders (Minority Shareholders) at a fair price. This ensures they have an exit option if desired.
  • Cash or Securities: Previously, the Acquirer could offer either cash or securities as payment. However, concerns arose about potentially unfair deals involving less desirable securities.
  • Minority Choice, Not Acquirer: The revised regulations address this by granting Minority Shareholders the ultimate decision on whether to accept cash or securities. This empowers them and prevents unfair tactics.
  • Methods for Fair Pricing: The regulations clarify how the Acquirer determines the offer price using transparent methods, ensuring a fair deal for all shareholders.

Overall, these amendments:

  • Promote transparency and accountability in takeovers.
  • Empower Minority Shareholders with more choices and control.
  • Protect Minority Shareholders from potentially unfair offers.
  • Strengthen corporate governance and investor confidence in the Pakistani market.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has further refined its takeover regulations, striking a balance between investor interests and fairness.

Key Point:

  • Net Asset Value (NAV) no longer mandatory for valuing frequently traded companies: Recognizing its limitations for these companies, the SECP has removed NAV from the mandatory pricing methods.


  • NAV doesn’t reflect market realities – Market price is a better indicator for frequently traded companies.
  • Discouraging takeovers at discounts – Companies trading below NAV could become less attractive, hindering potential deals.

Additional Improvements:

  • Clearer definitions: Enhanced clarity and consistency in key terms ensure better understanding for all parties involved.
  • Balancing interests: The changes aim to safeguard the interests of both acquirers (buyers) and minority shareholders (sellers) involved in takeovers.

Overall impact:

  • More informed pricing: Eliminating NAV for specific cases allows for fairer and more accurate price determination.
  • Enhanced transparency: Clearer definitions contribute to better understanding and smoother transactions.
  • Balanced market: The revised regulations promote a market environment that protects both acquirers and minority shareholders.

This development signifies the SECP’s commitment to fostering a dynamic and investor-friendly market in Pakistan.

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