6.1 ACQUISITIONS BEFORE A FIRM OFFER ANNOUNCEMENT

Except with the consent of the Panel in cases falling under (a) or (b), when a Bidder or any person acting in concert with it has acquired an interest in shares in the Target:

(a) within the three month period prior to the commencement of the offer period; or
(b) during the period, if any, between the commencement of the offer period and an announcement made by the Bidder in accordance with Paragraph 2.7; or
(c) prior to the three month period referred to in (a), if in the view of the Panel there are circumstances which render such a course necessary in order to give effect to General Principle 1,

the offer to the holders of shares of the same class shall not be on less favourable terms.

If an acquisition of an interest in shares in the Target has given rise to an obligation under Paragraph 11, compliance with that Paragraph will normally be regarded as satisfying any obligation under this Paragraph in respect of that acquisition.

In the case of paragraph (b), an immediate announcement may be required in accordance with the Guidance Notes issued under Paragraph 7.1.