HKEx LISTING DECISION
Cite as HKEx-LD33-1 (Published in February 2003) (Updated in September 2010)
|Name of Party||Company A — a new listing applicant
Company B — Company A's sponsor
|Subject||IPO — shares being placed to investment funds — extent of information to be disclosed|
|Listing Rules||Paragraph 11 of Appendix 6 to Listing Rules; Rule 9.11(35)(b)|
|Decision||Certain further information required|
Summary of Facts
Shares in Company A's IPO would be placed under the placing tranche to certain investment funds. Company B sought guidance from the Exchange on the extent of the information to be provided to the Exchange in relation to the funds.
Where an issuer wishes to bring securities to listing, the Exchange must be provided with a list setting out the names, addresses and identity card or passport numbers (where individuals) and the names, addresses and registration numbers (where companies) of all placees, the names and addresses of the beneficial owners (in the case of nominee companies) and the amounts taken up by each placee (Paragraph 11 of Appendix 6 to the Listing Rules). This wording is essentially mirrored in Rule 9.11(35)(b).
In any placing, it is necessary to establish the independence of the placees. This is principally for the purpose of verifying whether any placee is a core connected person1, which is of relevance in determining the size of the public float.
Therefore, where shares are placed to investment funds, the Exchange may request such information as it considers necessary for the purpose of determining whether the fund is in fact independent. Depending on the circumstances, the Exchange may ask to be provided with the names and Hong Kong identity card numbers of the beneficial owners of the fund.
Company B was informed accordingly.
1 Rule amended in July 2014.