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9.19

Subject to rule 9.23, an issuer that has an alternative listing on another regulated, regularly operating, open stock exchange or securities market recognised for this purposes by the Exchange, may not voluntarily withdraw its listing on GEM unless:—

(1) the prior approval of shareholders has been obtained by way of an ordinary resolution passed at a duly convened meeting of the shareholders of the issuer;
(2) the prior approval of holders of any other class of listed securities, if applicable, has been obtained; and
(3) the issuer has given its shareholders and holders of any other class of listed securities, if applicable, at least 3 months notice of the proposed withdrawal of the listing. This minimum notice period must run from the date on which the shareholders approve the voluntary withdrawal of listing and such notice must include details of how to transfer securities to and trade those securities on the alternative market.

In deciding whether an alternative listing is acceptable the Exchange must be satisfied that the alternative market is open and readily accessible by Hong Kong investors. A market to which access by Hong Kong investors is restricted (for example, by foreign exchange controls) will not be acceptable.