The Issuer shall be required to provide liquidity in each structured product issue and shall describe in the stand alone listing document or either of the base listing document or supplemental listing document how it proposes to provide that liquidity. The method adopted must be transparent and must be acceptable to the Exchange;
1. The Issuer must appoint an Exchange Participant (the "Liquidity Provider") to provide liquidity in each structured product issue. Where the Issuer is an Exchange Participant it may be the Liquidity Provider for a structured product issue or it may appoint another Exchange Participant as the Liquidity Provider. In all cases, the Liquidity Provider need not be a member of the Issuer's group. Other than for the purposes of providing back up arrangements there shall be no more than one Liquidity Provider per structured product issue. The Issuer may appoint different Exchange Participants to be the Liquidity Providers in different structured product issues. The Liquidity Provider must be identified in the stand alone, base or supplemental listing document. The Issuer must notify the Exchange if it changes the Liquidity Provider.
2. Liquidity may be provided either by means of continuously inputting orders into the Exchange's trading system ("Continuous Quotes") or by entering orders into the Exchange's trading system in response to requests for quotes ("Quote Request"). The method chosen shall be described in the stand alone, base or supplemental listing document. An issuer which has indicated that it will provide liquidity by means of Quote Request is not thereby precluded from fulfilling that obligation by means of Continuous Quotes. An issuer that responds to a Quote Request by agreeing to conduct a cross trade has fulfilled its obligation. An issuer which has indicated that it will provide liquidity by means of Quote Request must include a telephone number for requesting quotes in the stand alone, base or supplemental listing document.
3. The issuer must specify in the stand alone, base or supplemental listing document when it will provide liquidity in its structured products and when it will not provide liquidity in its structured products. In normal circumstances, an issuer shall provide liquidity in structured products it has issued from five minutes after the market has opened until the market closes.
4. The issuer must specify the minimum quantity of structured products for which it will provide liquidity in the stand alone, base or supplemental listing document. An issuer shall provide liquidity for at least 20 board lots of the structured product. An issuer must specify the maximum spread between its bid and offer prices in the stand alone, base or supplemental listing document.
5. An issuer providing liquidity by means of Quote Request must indicate in the stand alone, base or supplemental listing document the time within which it will respond to requests for quotes and shall respond to Quote Requests within that time.
6. Any dealings by the issuer or by the issuer's group (meaning the issuer and any of the issuer's holding companies, subsidiaries and fellow subsidiaries and any associated companies of any of them), as principal, in structured products that the issuer has listed on the Exchange must be conducted through the Liquidity Provider. A direct business transaction, where an Exchange Participant acts for both buyer and seller, one of whom is a member of the issuer's group, need not be conducted through the Liquidity Provider. A transfer of proprietary ownership of structured products from one member of an issuer's group to another member of the issuer's group is not regarded as dealing for this purpose and should be effected off the Exchange. The Exchange may require an issuer to provide additional transparency for trades conducted by the issuer's group and may prescribe procedures for this purpose from time to time.