16.17

After the Listing Division has confirmed that it has no further comments on any draft announcement, notice or other document, the issuer must submit the cleared version to the Exchange, for publication on the GEM website. The cleared version must be submitted in sufficient time so as to enable it to be published on the GEM website in accordance with any time limit prescribed by the GEM Listing Rules. For any announcement, notice or other document required by the GEM Listing Rules to be published on the GEM website but which is not required to be cleared by the Exchange, the issuer must submit the final version of the document. In this regard, the following must be adhered to:
 
(1)    (a)    A listed issuer or a new applicant which is obliged to publish any announcement or notice under the GEM Listing Rules must submit through HKEx-EPS a ready-to-publish electronic copy of the document to the Exchange for publication on the GEM website.

Note: Regard must be had to the operating hours of HKEx-EPS from time to time.
 
  (b) In the case of a new applicant, a written confirmation to the Exchange from each of the sponsors confirming that the announcement or notice has been cleared by the Exchange (where such clearance is required under the GEM Listing Rules) or that the document is required to be published by the new applicant (where such clearance is not so required), must be received by the Exchange prior to the announcement or notice being submitted through HKEx-EPS for publication.
 
  (c) All announcements or notices which are published in the newspapers by an issuer pursuant to the GEM Listing Rules must be clearly presented, use legible font size and paragraph spacing and state that it is available for viewing on the GEM website and the issuer's own website giving details as to where on these websites it is to be found (to the fullest extent known at the time of publication of the announcement or notice).
 
  (d) Where a listed issuer requests a trading halt or suspension of trading in its securities and the trading halt or suspension has been effected, the listed issuer must immediately submit through HKEx-EPS to the Exchange for publication on the GEM website a ready-to-publish electronic copy of an announcement informing that trading in the securities of the listed issuer has been halted or suspended and setting out briefly the reason for the trading halt or suspension.
 
(2) (a) Other than where a prospectus is to be registered under the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance, a listed issuer or new applicant must submit to the Exchange through HKEx-EPS for publication on the GEM website a ready-to-publish electronic copy of any corporate communication which is required by the GEM Listing Rules (including any listing document of a listed issuer or new applicant which is not to be registered under the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance). The electronic copy must be received by the Exchange before the day on which it is sent to shareholders by the listed issuer or distributed to the public in the case of a new applicant.
 
  (b) Where a prospectus is to be registered under the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance, the listed issuer or new applicant must submit to the Exchange through HKEx-EPS for publication on the GEM website a ready-to-publish electronic copy of each of the prospectus and any application forms. The copies must be submitted to the Exchange at the same time as they are sent to shareholders by the listed issuer or, in the case of a new applicant, their distribution to the public commences. They must be submitted only after the issuer has received the letter from the Companies Registry confirming registration of the prospectus under the Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ordinance.