(1) The Listing Committee or the Listing Review Committee shall meet for the despatch of business, adjourn and otherwise regulate its hearings in accordance with the provisions of the rules made by the Board for this purpose, including rules governing members’ conflicts of interest, subject to the provisions of this rule. All review hearings under this Chapter shall be heard de novo. The Listing Committee and the Listing Review Committee (as the case may be) will rehear the case and decide it afresh, after considering all the relevant evidence and arguments made at the earlier hearings and any additional evidence or information which may be adduced in accordance with the procedures and regulations for review hearings and any directions made by the Listing Committee or the Listing Review Committee. The Listing Review Committee will consider the decision of the previous decision making body and state the reasons for its own decision. The Listing Review Committee will also address the prior decision (and the basis therefor) in its own decision, whether it is upholding or overturning that prior decision.
(2) The quorum necessary for the transaction of any business by the Listing Committee or the Listing Review Committee shall be five members present in person.
(3) The Chief Executive of HKEC will not attend meetings of the Listing Committee at which the Listing Committee is determining a matter in the first instance or attend review hearings of the Listing Committee.
(4) [Repealed 6 July 2019]
(a) [Repealed 6 July 2019]
(b) [Repealed 6 July 2019]
(c) [Repealed 6 July 2019]
(d) In a review of a Return Decision or a Listing Committee’s decision to endorse a Return Decision, any materials submitted to the Listing Committee or the Listing Review Committee must be based on the original materials submitted to the Listing Division when the new applicant first filed its listing application.
(6) Where the Listing Committee is considering an application for listing from a new applicant, the Listing Division will normally invite the new applicant and its directors to make itself available to attend the Listing Committee hearing. The new applicant, including its directors and its sponsor shall be prepared to answer questions raised by the Listing Committee, but they will normally only be invited into the Listing Committee hearing if the Listing Committee wishes to directly question the new applicant. If the new applicant is invited to make itself available to attend, the new applicant may be accompanied by its directors, sponsor and/or proposed authorised representatives.
(7) At a review hearing before the Listing Committee or the Listing Review Committee, the directors of the new applicant or the listed issuer (as the case may be) have the right to attend the hearing, to make submissions and to be accompanied by one representative of each of the sponsor, authorised representatives, proposed or otherwise, the financial adviser, the legal adviser and auditors of the new applicant or the listed issuer (as the case may be); an authorised representative may be accompanied by his legal adviser.
(8) In the case of a review hearing sought by an authorised representative under rule 2B.06A, the authorised representative has the right to attend the review hearing, to make submissions and may be accompanied by his legal adviser.
(9) Sub-rules (6) and (7) do not apply to a review relating to a Return Decision. In a review hearing of a Return Decision by the Listing Committee or the Listing Review Committee, the directors of the new applicant and/or one representative of each sponsor have the right to attend the hearing, to make submissions and to be accompanied, in the case of the directors of the new applicant, by one representative of each of the new applicant’s financial adviser, legal adviser and auditors; and in the case of each sponsor, by its legal adviser. If all the parties seeking a review decide not to attend the hearing, the hearing will proceed based on the documents submitted for hearing. For the avoidance of doubt, if a party seeking a review decides not to attend the hearing, the hearing will proceed in his absence.