Prospectus Regulation  

The Central Bank is the competent authority for the purposes of the Prospectus (Directive 2003/71/EC) Regulations 2005 (‘the Regulations’) which came into operation on 1 July 2015.   

The purpose of the Regulations is to harmonise requirements for the drawing up, approval and distribution of the prospectus to be published when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading on a regulated market.

The objective of the Regulations is to ensure investor protection and market efficiency, in accordance with high regulatory standards.

The Regulations apply to persons:

  • Seeking admission of securities to trading on an EEA regulated market, including the Irish Stock Exchange plc, or
  • Making an offer of securities to the public within the EEA, albeit not seeking admission to trading on an EEA regulated market
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A copy of the Regulations setting out fees payable to the Central Bank in respect of prospectus approval is available in the Industry Funding section of this site.

Prospectus Advisors

The Central Bank has undertaken to recognise certain legal or natural persons as a Prospectus Advisor pursuant to and for the purposes of a Prospectus Advisor Agreement entered into between that person and the Central Bank.
Such legal or natural persons generally comprise persons seeking approval by the Central Bank of prospectus and related documents in connection with (i) an offer of securities to the public or (ii) the admission of securities to trading on a European Economic Area regulated market, or both, as the case may be.

Click to access a list of prospectus advisors.