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  • Restrictions on disposal of shares following the listing of a new applicant

    • 13.15

      For the purposes of rules 13.15 to 13.20, the following terms have the following meanings:— 

      (1) [Repealed 1 July 2008]
      (2) [Repealed 1 July 2008]
      (3) "listing date" means the date on which securities of the new applicant commence trading on GEM;
      (4) [Repealed 1 July 2008]
      (5) references to a "disposal" (of securities) includes the creation of any option, rights or interests (over such securities) but shall exclude the following:
      (a) any stock lending arrangement with an underwriter of the initial public offering of the new applicant's securities which satisfies the following conditions:
      (i) the stock lending arrangement is fully described in the initial listing document and must be for the sole purpose of covering any short position prior to the exercise of the underwriter's over-allotment option or similar right;
      (ii) the maximum number of shares to be borrowed from the relevant shareholder is the maximum number of shares that may be issued upon full exercise of the over-allotment option; and
      (iii) the same number of shares borrowed is returned to the relevant shareholder within 3 business days after the last day on which the over-allotment option may be exercised or, if earlier, the date on which the over-allotment option is exercised in full; and
      (b) any placing and issue of securities made in the manner described in rule 20.90(4) during the second six month period of the issuer's listing date where:
      (i) there is no change in the number of securities held by the relevant shareholder before and after completion of the placing and issue of securities; and
      (ii) the placing of securities does not result in a controlling shareholder of the issuer ceasing to be a controlling shareholder after completion of the placing and issue of securities.

    • 13.16 [Repealed]

      [Repealed 1 July 2008]

    • 13.16A

      (1) A person or group of persons shown by the listing document issued at the time of the issuer's application for listing to be controlling shareholders of the issuer shall not and shall procure that the relevant registered holder(s) shall not:—
      (a) in the period commencing on the date by reference to which disclosure of the shareholding of the controlling shareholders is made in the listing document and ending on the date which is 12 months from the date on which dealings in the securities of a new applicant commence on the Exchange, dispose of, nor enter into any agreement to dispose of or otherwise create any options, rights, interests or encumbrances in respect of, any of those securities of the issuer in respect of which he is or they are shown by that listing document to be the beneficial owner(s); or
      (b) in the period of 12 months commencing on the date on which the period referred to in rule 13.16A(1)(a) expires, dispose of, nor enter into any agreement to dispose of or otherwise create any options, rights, interests or encumbrances in respect of, any of the securities referred to in rule 13.16A(1)(a) if, immediately following such disposal or upon the exercise or enforcement of such options, rights, interests or encumbrances, that person or group of persons would cease to be a controlling shareholder.
      Any offer for sale contained in a listing document shall not be subject to such restrictions.
      (2) For the purpose of this rule, a person is treated as the beneficial owner of securities if he has the ultimate beneficial ownership or control of the securities, whether through a chain of companies or otherwise.

      Note: Controlling shareholder(s) is/are free to purchase additional securities and dispose of securities thus purchased in the relevant period, subject to compliance with the requirements of rule 11.23 to maintain an open market in the securities and a sufficient public float.

    • 13.17 [Repealed]

      [Repealed 1 July 2008]

    • 13.18

      Nothing in rule 13.16A shall prevent the disposal of any interest of a controlling shareholder in the securities referred to in Rule 13.16A(1)(a) in the following circumstances:—

      (1) pursuant to a pledge or charge in favour of an authorised institution (as defined in the Banking Ordinance), as security for a bona fide commercial loan;
      (2) pursuant to a power of sale under the pledge or charge (granted pursuant to sub-paragraph (1));
      (3) on the death of the controlling shareholder; or
      (4) in any other exceptional circumstances to which the Exchange has given its prior approval.

    • 13.19

      A new applicant shall procure that every controlling shareholder undertakes to the new applicant and the Exchange to comply with the following requirements:—

      (1) in the event that the controlling shareholder pledges or charges any direct or indirect interest in relevant securities under rule 13.18(1) or pursuant to any right or waiver granted by the Exchange pursuant to rule 13.18(4), at any time during the relevant periods specified in rule 13.16A, he must inform the issuer immediately thereafter, disclosing the details specified in rule 17.43(1) to (4); and
      (2) having pledged or charged any interest in securities under sub-paragraph (1) above, he must inform the issuer immediately in the event that he becomes aware that the pledgee or chargee has disposed of or intends to dispose of such interest and of the number of securities affected.

    • 13.20

      An issuer that has been informed of any matter under rule 13.19 must forthwith publish an announcement giving details of the same in accordance with the requirements of rule 17.43.