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Hong Kong Capital Markets Update – Issue 1, March 2018

Hong Kong Capital Markets Update – Issue 1, March 2018

Overview of the HKEX’s consultation on introducing a new listing regime for companies from emerging and innovative sectors

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On 23 February 2018, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (the Exchange) launched a formal consultation to seek public feedback on its proposal to introduce a new listing regime for companies from emerging and innovative sectors. This consultation follows the conclusions to the New Board Concept Paper published by the Exchange on 15 December 2017. The consultation period will end on 23 March 2018.

In the consultation paper, the Exchange proposes the introduction of three new chapters to the Main Board Listing Rules to allow the listing of:

  • Biotech companies that do not meet any of the financial eligibility tests of the Main Board
  • High growth and innovative companies with weighted voting right structures 
  • Qualifying Issuers* seeking a secondary listing on the Exchange

This Hong Kong Capital Markets Update provides an overview of the Exchange’s consultation and the three new chapters to the Main Board Listing Rules.

*A Qualifying Issuer is an issuer that has a primary listing on the New York Stock Exchange LLC (NYSE), Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq) or the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) (and belongs to the “Premium Listing” segment of the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom).

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