A director must not deal in any securities of the issuer without first notifying in writing the chairman or a director (other than himself) designated by the board for the specific purpose and receiving a dated written acknowledgement. In his own case, the chairman must first notify the board at a board meeting, or alternatively notify a director (other than himself) designated by the board for the purpose and receive a dated written acknowledgement before any such dealing. The designated director must not deal in any securities of the issuer without first notifying the chairman and receiving a dated written acknowledgement. In each case,(1) a response to a request for clearance to deal must be given to the relevant director within five business days of the request being made; and(2) the clearance to deal in accordance with (1) above must be valid for no longer than five business days of clearance being received.
Note: For the avoidance of doubt, the restriction under rule 5.54 applies if inside information develops following the grant of clearance.
The procedure established within the issuer must, as a minimum, provide for there to be a written record maintained by the issuer that the appropriate notification was given and acknowledged pursuant to rule 5.61, and for the director concerned to have received written confirmation to that effect.
Any director of the issuer who acts as trustee of a trust must ensure that his co-trustees are aware of the identity of any company of which he is a director so as to enable them to anticipate possible difficulties. A director having funds under management must likewise advise the investment manager.
Any director who is a beneficiary, but not a trustee, of a trust which deals in securities of the issuer must endeavour to ensure that the trustees notify him after they have dealt in such securities on behalf of the trust, in order that he in turn may notify the issuer. For this purpose, he must ensure that the trustees are aware of the issuers of which he is a director.
The register maintained in accordance with section 352 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance should be made available for inspection at every meeting of the board.
The directors of the issuer must as a board and individually endeavour to ensure that any employee of the issuer or director or employee of a subsidiary company who, because of his office or employment in the company or a subsidiary, is likely to possess inside information in relation to the securities of any issuer on GEM or the Main Board does not deal in those securities when he would be prohibited from dealing by the required standard of dealings if he were a director.