Announcement: Marsh Makes Recommended Cash Offer for Jelf Group Plc
LONDON | September 11, 2015
FOR RULE 2.7 ANNOUNCEMENT AND OFFER-RELATED DOCUMENTS
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You are attempting to enter the area of this website that is designated for the publication of documents and information in connection with the proposed offer (the Offer) by Marsh & McLennan Companies Acquisition Limited (Marsh), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), for Jelf Group plc (Jelf) to be implemented by means of a scheme of arrangement. The information contained in this website is made available in good faith and for information purposes only and is subject to the terms and conditions set out below. In particular, the information contained in this website does not constitute an offer to sell or otherwise dispose of or any invitation or solicitation of any offer to purchase or subscribe for any securities pursuant to the Offer or otherwise in any jurisdiction in which such offer or solicitation is unlawful.
The full terms and conditions of the Offer will be set out in the formal Scheme Document (as defined in the announcement). In deciding whether or not to vote in favour of the Offer, shareholders of Jelf should rely only on the information contained and procedures described in the formal Scheme Document.
Terms defined in the announcement of the Offer dated September 10, 2015 shall have the same meaning when used in this notice.
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Notice to US investors
US holders should note that the Offer relates to the acquisition of securities of a UK company, is subject to UK disclosure requirements (which are different from those of the United States) and is proposed to be implemented under a scheme of arrangement provided for under English company law. A transaction effected by means of a scheme of arrangement is not subject to the tender offer rules under the US Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (the US Exchange Act). Accordingly, the scheme of arrangement will be subject to UK disclosure requirements and practices, which are different from the disclosure requirements of the US tender offer rules and proxy solicitation rules. The financial information included in this section of the website has been or will have been prepared in accordance with IFRS accounting principles and thus may not be comparable to financial information of US companies or companies whose financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. If Marsh exercises its right to implement the acquisition of the Jelf Shares by way of a takeover offer, such offer will be made in compliance with applicable US tender offer rules and securities laws and regulations.
The receipt of cash pursuant to the Offer by a US holder as consideration for the transfer of its shares pursuant to the scheme of arrangement may be a taxable transaction for US federal income tax purposes and under applicable US state and local, as well as foreign and other, tax laws. Each Jelf shareholder is urged to consult its independent professional adviser immediately regarding the tax consequences of the Offer applicable to it.
It may be difficult for US holders of Jelf shares to enforce their rights and claims arising out of the US federal securities laws, since Marsh and Jelf are located in countries other than the United States, and some or all of their officers and directors may be residents of countries other than the United States. US holders may not be able to sue a non-US company or its officers or directors in a non-US court for violations of US securities laws. Further, it may be difficult to compel a non-US company and its affiliates to subject themselves to a US court’s judgement.
In accordance with normal UK practice and pursuant to Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Exchange Act, Marsh or its nominees, or its brokers (acting as agents), may from time to time make certain purchases of, or arrangements to purchase, Jelf shares outside of the United States, other than pursuant to the Offer, before or during the period in which the Offer remains open for acceptance. In addition, in accordance with Rule 14e-5(b) of the US Exchange Act, Goldman Sachs International, while serving as a Financial Adviser to MMC, will continue to act as an exempt principal trader in Jelf Shares on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market. These purchases may occur either in the open market at prevailing prices or in private transactions at negotiated prices. Any information about such purchases will be disclosed as required in the UK, will be reported to a Regulatory Information Service of the London Stock Exchange and will be available on the London Stock Exchange website, www.londonstockexchange.com.
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Forward-looking statements include statements typically containing words such as “will”, “may”, “should”, “believe”, “intends”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “targets”, “estimates” and words of similar import. Although Marsh believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, Marsh can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: the ability to consummate the Offer; the ability to obtain requisite regulatory and shareholder approvals and the satisfaction of other Conditions on the proposed terms and schedule; the ability of Marsh and Jelf to successfully integrate their respective operations and retain key employees; the potential impact of the announcement or consummation of the Offer on relationships, including with employees, suppliers, customers and competitors; changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets; significant competition that Marsh and Jelf face; compliance with extensive government regulation; the combined company’s ability to make acquisitions and its ability to integrate or manage such acquired businesses. Other unknown or unpredictable factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.
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