(1) The following provisions apply, with appropriate modifications, to all schemes involving the grant by a listed issuer or any of its subsidiaries of options over new shares or other new securities of the listed issuer or any of its subsidiaries to, or for the benefit of, specified participants of such schemes (and, for the purpose of this chapter, "participant" includes any discretionary object of a participant which is a discretionary trust). Any arrangement involving the grant of options to participants over new shares or other new securities of a listed issuer or any of its subsidiaries which, in the opinion of the Exchange, is analogous to a share option scheme as described in this rule 17.01 must comply with the requirements of this chapter
(2) Where the shares or other securities of the listed issuer or the subsidiary concerned are also listed on another stock exchange or GEM, the more onerous requirements shall prevail and be applied in the event of a conflict or inconsistency between the requirements of this chapter and the requirements of the other stock exchange or GEM
(3) The term "grant" includes "offer", "issue" and any other term used by the scheme to describe the grant of options under it.
(4) Where there are two or more listed issuers within a group, each of the listed issuers must comply with the provisions of this chapter in respect of its schemes and the schemes of any of its subsidiaries (whether the subsidiary concerned is listed on the Exchange or not). In particular, where the provisions require the scheme or any related matters to be approved by shareholders/independent non-executive directors of a listed issuer whose holding company is also listed on the Exchange, such scheme or matters must simultaneously be approved by the shareholders/ independent non-executive directors of such listed issuer's holding company