Update No. 88
Note to subscribers for the amendments to the rules governing the listing of securities (the "Listing Rules")
Update No. 88
Amendments to the Listing Rules relating to the listing of depositary receipts and the transfer of listing from the Growth Enterprise Market
We enclose reprinted pages of the Listing Rules. The reprinted pages incorporate amendments to provide for a framework for issuers to list through Hong Kong depositary receipts and amendments to provide for the transfer of listing from the Growth Enterprise Market.
We also enclose the filing instructions.
Listing of depositary receipts
A framework for issuers to list on the Main Board through Hong Kong depositary receipts (HDR) has been introduced. An issuer seeking to list on the Main Board through HDRs will have to comply with generally the same requirements applicable to the listing of shares. The Rule requirements for admission to listing and the continuing obligations and relevant guidance material such as the Joint Policy Statement Regarding the Listing of Overseas Companies jointly issued by the Exchange and the Securities and Futures Commission on 7 March 2007 (where applicable) will apply to an HDR issuer in the same manner as to an issuer of shares.
The key Rule amendments are set out below:
Transfer of listing from the Growth Enterprise Market
Amendments have been made to introduce a new method of listing on the Main Board, transfer of listing from GEM.
The process for transferring listing from GEM to the Main Board has been streamlined and a new Chapter 9A has been added setting out the applicable rules for transfers from GEM and two new Forms J and K in relation to transfer from GEM to the Main Board have been added to Appendix 5 and a provision to reduce the initial listing fee by 50% has been added to Appendix 8.
Coming into effect
The amendments will become effective on 1 July 2008.
For and on behalf of
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited
Head of Listing