A placing is the obtaining of subscriptions for or the sale of securities by an issuer or intermediary primarily from or to persons selected or approved by the issuer or intermediary.
The criteria which will apply are set out in Appendix 6. The Exchange may not permit a new applicant to be listed by way of a placing if there is likely to be significant public demand for the securities.
The Exchange may be prepared to allow preliminary arrangements and placings to be made to dispose of securities before the start of dealings where necessary to comply with the requirement in rule 8.08(1) that a minimum prescribed percentage of any class of listed securities must at all times be held by the public.
A placing by or on behalf of a new applicant or by or on behalf of a listed issuer of securities of a class new to listing must be supported by a listing document which must comply with the relevant requirements of Chapter 11. A placing by or on behalf of a listed issuer of securities of a class al listed does not have to be supported by a listing document, but if a prospectus or other listing document is otherwise required or issued, it must comply with the relevant requirements of Chapter 11.
Placings of securities by a listed issuer will be allowed only in the following circumstances:—(1) where the placing falls within any general mandate given to the directors of the listed issuer by the shareholders in accordance with rule 13.36(2); or(2) where the placing is specifically authorised by the shareholders of the listed issuer in general meeting ("specific mandate placing").
Note: See rule 7.27B for the additional requirements relating to rights issues, open offers and specific mandate placings.