Review of documents (17.53-17.55)
Subject to rule 17.53A, where an issuer is obliged to publish any announcements, circulars or other documents for the purposes of the GEM Listing Rules, the documents need not be submitted to the Exchange for review before they are issued unless the documents fall within rule 17.53(1) or (2).
(1) The issuer shall submit to the Exchange drafts of the following documents for review before they are issued:
(a) listing document (including prospectus);
(b) circular relating to cancellation or withdrawal of listing of listed securities;
(c) circular relating to transaction or matter required under Chapter 19 of the GEM Listing Rules;
(d) circular relating to connected transaction (including continuing connected transaction) required under Chapter 20 of the GEM Listing Rules;
(e) circular to the issuer's shareholders seeking their approval of:
(i) any transaction or arrangement under rule 17.39, 17.40 or 17.47(7);
(ii) any matter relating to share option scheme required under Chapter 23 of the GEM Listing Rules; or
(iii) any warrant proposal under rule 21.07(3); or
(f) circulars or offer documents issued by the issuer in connection with takeovers, mergers or offers.
The issuer shall not issue such documents until the Exchange has confirmed that it has no further comments thereon.
A document should be resubmitted to the Exchange for further comment prior to issue if any material change is made to the document after the Exchange has issued the “no further comment” confirmation (other than changes made to address the comments attached to the “no further comment” confirmation). If there is any doubt as to whether or not a change is material the Exchange must be consulted as soon as possible.
(2) The following transitional provisions apply to announcements set out in this rule and shall cease to have effect on such date as the Exchange may determine and promulgate.
An issuer shall submit to the Exchange drafts of the following announcements for review before they are issued:
(a) announcement for any very substantial disposal, very substantial acquisition, extreme transaction or reverse takeover under rules 19.34 and 19.35;
(b) announcement for any transaction or arrangement under rules 19.88 to 19.90; or
(c) announcement for any matter relating to a cash company under rules 19.82 and 19.83.
The issuer shall not issue such announcements until the Exchange has confirmed that it has no further comments thereon.
Notes: 1 Draft documents should be submitted in sufficient time for review and, if necessary, re-submission prior to dissemination or final printing.
2 [Repealed 5 July 2021]
3 In the case of documents issued in connection with takeovers, mergers or offers covered by the Takeovers Code, the Exchange will pass its comments on the documents directly to the issuer and will at the same time provide a copy of such comments to the Commission.
4 The Exchange reserves the right to require an issuer to issue a further announcement or document and/or take other remedial action if the original document does not comply with the requirements of the GEM Listing Rules.
5 Where an announcement or advertisement of a new or further issue of securities contains a profit forecast, the provisions of rules 19.61 and 19.62 will apply.
In addition to the specified requirements set out in rule 17.53, the Exchange has the right to request to review any announcements, circulars or other documents prior to publication in individual cases. In any such case, the Exchange will communicate to the issuer its direction to review the document prior to publication and the reasons for its decision. The issuer shall accordingly submit to the Exchange draft documents for review and shall not issue the document until the Exchange has confirmed that it has no further comments thereon.
An issuer proposing to publish an announcement, circular or other document pursuant to the GEM Listing Rules shall observe the following provisions:(1) Where the subject matter of the document may involve a change in or relate to or affect arrangements regarding trading in the issuer's listed securities (including a suspension or resumption of dealings, and a cancellation or withdrawal of listing), the issuer must consult the Exchange before the document is issued. The document must not include any reference to a specific date or specific timetable in respect of such matter which has not been agreed in advance with the Exchange.(2) If the issuer wishes to:(a) ascertain whether or to what extent any provisions in the GEM Listing Rules apply to the document, or the transaction or matter to which it relates; or(b) request a modification or dispensation with any requirements of the GEM Listing Rules in respect of the document, or the transaction or matter to which it relates,relevant details, including the reasons and circumstances that give rise to the issues concerned, must be submitted to the Exchange in sufficient time for its determination.
The Exchange shall be authorised by the issuer to file "applications" (as defined in section 2 of the Statutory Rules) and those corporate disclosure materials within the meaning of sections 7(1) and (2) of the Statutory Rules received by the Exchange with the Commission pursuant to sections 5(2) and 7(3) of the Statutory Rules respectively and issuers shall be deemed to have agreed to the above by filing such applications and such corporate disclosure materials with the Exchange. The authorisation aforementioned shall not be altered or revoked in any way unless prior written approval has been obtained from the Exchange and the Exchange shall have the absolute discretion to grant such approval. In addition, the issuer undertakes to execute such documents in favour of the Exchange perfecting the above authorisation as the Exchange may require. Applications and relevant corporate disclosure materials shall be filed with the Exchange in such manner and number of copies as the Exchange may from time to time prescribe.
17.54(1) Any listing document, circular or announcement issued by an issuer pursuant to the GEM Listing Rules is required to contain the statement of responsibility and confirmation set out in rule 2.18.(2) Any listing document, circular, announcement or notice issued by an issuer pursuant to the GEM Listing Rules must contain on its front cover or inside front cover, or as a heading, a prominent and legible disclaimer statement in the form set out in rule 2.19.(3) Any listing document or circular and every annual report and accounts, half-year and quarterly report issued by an issuer pursuant to the GEM Listing Rules (excluding any Explanatory Statement issued pursuant to rule 13.08) must contain at a prominent position in the document, and in bold type, a statement about the characteristics of GEM, in the form set out in rule 2.20.(4) Any listing document issued by an issuer must contain a statement to the effect that dealings in securities of the issuer may be settled through CCASS and that investors should seek the advice of their stock broker or other professional adviser for details of those settlement arrangements and how such arrangements will affect their rights and interests.
[Repealed 1 March 2019]