The Exchange will treat a listed issuer proposing a reverse takeover as if it were a new listing applicant.
(1) The acquisition targets must meet the requirements of rule 8.04 and rule 8.05 (or rule 8.05A or 8.05B). In addition, the enlarged group must meet all the new listing requirements set out in Chapter 8 of the Listing Rules (except rule 8.05).
(2) Where the reverse takeover is proposed by a listed issuer that has failed to comply with rule 13.24, the acquisition targets must also meet the requirement of rule 8.07 (in addition to the requirements for the acquisition targets and the enlarged group set out in rule 14.54(1)).
(3) The listed issuer must comply with the requirements for all transactions set out in rules 14.34 to 14.37.
1. For the purposes of (1) and (2) above, if the Exchange is aware of information suggesting that the reverse takeover is to avoid any new listing requirement, the listed issuer must demonstrate that the acquisition targets meet all the new listing requirements set out in Chapter 8 of the Listing Rules.
2. See also rule 14.57A if the reverse takeover involves a series of transactions and/or arrangements.
3. Where the reverse takeover involves a series of transactions and/or arrangements and the acquisition targets cannot meet rules 8.05(1)(b) and/or (c) due to a change in their ownership and management solely as a result of the acquisition by the issuer, the Exchange may grant a waiver from strict compliance with these rules based on the facts and circumstances of the case. In considering a waiver of rule 8.05(1)(b), the Exchange will consider, among others, whether the issuer has the expertise and experience in the relevant business/industry of the acquisition targets to ensure the effective management and operation of the acquisition targets.