Chapter 3A — Sponsors and Compliance Advisers
19A.05(1) [Repealed 1 January 2005](2) The PRC issuer should ensure that the Compliance Adviser retained by it has access at all times to its authorised representatives, directors and other officers and should procure that such persons provide promptly to the Compliance Adviser such information and assistance as the Compliance Adviser may need or may reasonably request in connection with the performance of the Compliance Adviser's duties as set out in Chapter 3A and rule 19A.06. The PRC issuer should also ensure that there are adequate and efficient means of communication between itself, its authorised representatives, directors and other officers and the Compliance Adviser and should keep the Compliance Adviser fully informed of all communications and dealings between it and the Exchange.(3) Rules 3A.26 and 3A.27 are modified so as to:(a) require that the PRC issuer not terminate the role of a Compliance Adviser until the PRC issuer has appointed a replacement Compliance Adviser;(b) require that during the Fixed Period the PRC issuer and the Compliance Adviser immediately notify the Exchange of termination or resignation of the Compliance Adviser, in each case stating the reason for termination or resignation, as applicable; and(c) require that the PRC issuer and the new Compliance Adviser immediately notify the Exchange of the new Compliance Adviser's appointment.(4) If the Exchange is not satisfied that the sponsor or Compliance Adviser is fulfilling its responsibilities under Chapter 3A and rule 19A.06 adequately, the Exchange may require the PRC issuer to terminate the sponsor's or Compliance Adviser's appointment and appoint a replacement as soon as possible. The PRC issuer and the new sponsor or Compliance Adviser should immediately notify the Exchange of the new sponsor's or Compliance Adviser's appointment.
In addition to the responsibilities of sponsors and Compliance Advisers set out in Chapter 3A of the Exchange Listing Rules:(1) given the particular importance attached to the sponsor's role, the sponsor, in sponsoring a PRC issuer for listing, has a particular responsibility to satisfy himself, on all available information, that the PRC issuer is suitable to be listed and that its directors and supervisors appreciate the nature of their responsibilities and can be expected to honour their obligations under their directors' or supervisors' undertakings, the Exchange Listing Rules and under applicable PRC law and regulations. In particular, the sponsor must be satisfied that the directors of the PRC issuer understand what is required of them under the Exchange Listing Rules and applicable laws and regulations;(2) [Repealed 2 November 2009](3) the Compliance Adviser must inform the PRC issuer on a timely basis of any amendment or supplement to the Exchange Listing Rules and any new or amended law, regulation or code in Hong Kong applicable to such issuer. Without limiting the generality of Chapter 3A, the Compliance Adviser must provide advice to such issuer on the continuing requirements under the Exchange Listing Rules and applicable laws and regulations; and(4) where the authorised representatives of the PRC issuer are expected to be frequently outside Hong Kong, the Compliance Adviser must act as the PRC issuer's principal channel of communication with the Exchange in Hong Kong. The Compliance Adviser must also provide the Exchange with the names, home and office telephone numbers and where available, facsimile numbers, of at least one of its officers and an alternate who will act as the Compliance Adviser's contact with the Exchange and the PRC issuer.
If the authorised representatives of a PRC issuer are expected to be frequently outside Hong Kong, then they or their alternates (who must be authorised to speak on behalf of the PRC issuer) appointed under rule 3.06(2) must be readily contactable by the Exchange at the home and office telephone numbers and where available, facsimile numbers, provided by them to the Exchange.