Public Companies and Equity Finance offers a clear and practical examination of the legal and regulatory framework within which public companies operate. The guide examines all aspects of the life of a public company, including the IPO, the regulatory regime, corporate governance issues and listed company transactions. Particular emphasis is given to those areas which, typically, junior lawyers will experience. Throughout the text, the lawyer's role is placed in context and attention is given to the roles of other advisers to public companies where relevant to the lawyer. This new edition has been fully updated to cover all recent legislative and case law developments. It now covers the Companies Act 2006 provisions which have come into force at the date of writing dealing with takeovers, electronic communication and the notification of major interests in shares. It also discusses alongside the existing law the new Companies Act 2006 provisions affecting all aspects of a public company which are due to come into force up to 1 October 2008. The book examines the new Transparency Rules, now part of the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, introduced by the implementation of the EU Transparency Directive in the UK and the amendments to the listed company s continuing obligations as a result, including the changes to the company s financial reporting requirements. Further updates to this new edition reflect amendments made to the Model Code and the implementation of both the June 2006 edition of the Combined Code and the EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID). Greater consideration has been given to the sanctions which can imposed for breaches of the key regulatory rules New, topical, examples of how the issues covered in this book affect real-life public companies and their directors are included throughout.