All publicity material released in Hong Kong relating to an issue of debt securities by a new applicant must not be released until the Exchange has reviewed it and confirmed to the issuer that it has no comments thereon. In addition, the publicity material must comply with all statutory requirements. For these purposes, publicity material does not relate to an issue of debt securities if its purpose is the promotion of the issuer or its products or business and not the promotion of the debt securities to be issued. Moreover, circulation is permitted of documents of a marketing nature such as the invitation or offering document (or its equivalent) and documents which consist of, or are drafts of, or relate to, agreements to be entered into in connection with the issue of the debt securities, provided that any obligations created thereunder to issue, subscribe, purchase or underwrite the debt securities are conditional on listing being granted. These documents will not be considered as falling within the scope of this rule and need not be submitted for prior review. Any publicity material and announcement referring to a new applicant which is issued before the Exchange's meeting to consider the new applicant's application for listing must state that application has been or will be made to the Exchange for listing of and for permission to deal in the debt securities concerned. Where any material relating to a proposed listing by a new applicant is released without the Exchange's prior review before the hearing, the Exchange may postpone the hearing by up to 1 month.

Issuers must maintain confidentiality before announcing an issue. Where the Exchange believes that an issuer or its advisers have permitted inside information regarding the issue of additional securities to leak before announcing the subject, the Exchange will not normally consider an application for the listing of those securities.