INDEPENDENT ADVICE CIRCULAR IN CORPORATE EXERCISES: REVISITING THE LAW ON FAIRNESS OPINION

Authors

  • Mushera Ambaras Khan Civil Law Department, Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Nur Nadiah Hamdan MAICSA for International Qualifying Scheme (IQS) ICSA
  • Nurhafiza Ab Jabbar former legal associate of Messrs Hisham, Sobri & Kadir

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v22i1.115

Keywords:

Independent adviser, Independent advice circular, fairness opinion, takeovers, mergers

Abstract

Independent advice circulars are required in broad range of corporate transactions. The advice circulars are extensively used in takeovers and mergers of companies. The board of directors of the target company is required to appoint an independent adviser to prepare the independent advice circular, in order to assist the shareholders of the target company in making their decision in relation to the takeover offer. Malaysia has taken an approach similar to its Australian counterpart by not treating the term fair and reasonable as a composite term. This current approach which treats the term fair and reasonable disjunctively has raised concern especially where the adviser concludes that the offer is "not fair" but "reasonable". This paper examines the current approach which the advisers must adopt in preparation of the advice circular. It explains the possible issues this new approach may encounter. References are made to the  Australian experience and literature in dealing with  preparation of independent advice circular. An empirical study must be conducted in Malaysia in order to determine whether the current approach has indeed improve the quality of the advice circular

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Khan, M. A., Hamdan, N. N., & Ab Jabbar, N. (2014). INDEPENDENT ADVICE CIRCULAR IN CORPORATE EXERCISES: REVISITING THE LAW ON FAIRNESS OPINION. IIUM Law Journal, 22(1). https://doi.org/10.31436/iiumlj.v22i1.115

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