(1) A prospectus for a body's securities must contain all the information that investors and their professional advisers would reasonably require to make an informed assessment of the matters set out in the table below. The prospectus must contain this information:
(a) only to the extent to which it is reasonable for investors and their professional advisers to expect to find the information in the prospectus; and
(b) only if a person whose knowledge is relevant (see subsection (3)):
(i) actually knows the information; or
(ii) in the circumstances ought reasonably to have obtained the information by making enquiries.
* the rights and liabilities attaching to:
- the interest or option
- the underlying securities
* if the person making the offer is:
- a person who controls that body;
the assets and liabilities, financial position and performance, profits and losses and prospects of that body
Note: Section 713 makes special provision for prospectuses for continuously quoted securities.
(2) In deciding what information should be included under subsection (1), have regard to:
(a) the nature of the securities and of the body; and
(b) if the securities are investments in a managed investment scheme--the nature of the scheme; and
(c) the matters that likely investors may reasonably be expected to know; and
(d) the fact that certain matters may reasonably be expected to be known to their professional advisers.
(3) For the purposes of this section, a person's knowledge is relevant only if they are one of the following:
(a) the person offering the securities;
(b) if the person offering the securities is a body--a director of the body;
(c) a proposed director of the body whose securities will be issued under the offer;
(d) a person named in the prospectus as an underwriter of the issue or sale;
(e) a person named in the prospectus as a financial services licensee involved in the issue or sale;
(f) a person named in the prospectus with their consent as having made a statement:
(i) that is included in the prospectus; or
(ii) on which a statement made in the prospectus is based;
(g) a person named in the prospectus with their consent as having performed a particular professional or advisory function.
Note: Section 729 says who is liable for misstatements in, and omissions from, a disclosure document.
(4) This section does not apply to a 2-part simple corporate bonds prospectus.