Sponsor's Due Diligence
A sponsor’s primary role is to provide assurance to the Stock Exchange and the market generally that the listing applicant complies with the Listing Rules and other relevant legal and regulatory requirements, and that the listing document provides sufficient particulars and information for investors to form a valid and justifiable opinion of the listing applicant’s shares, financial condition and profitability. In order to do so, the sponsor must conduct sufficient due diligence on the listing applicant and its business to an acceptable level.
By the end of this course, participants will know the standards and guidance provided by the HKEx and SFC on the sponsor's due diligence procedures in respect of a listing application.
1. Practice Note 21 of the Listing Rules
2. Paragraph 17 of the Code of Conduct for Persons Licensed by or Registered with the SFC
3. SFC's Reports on Sponsor Inspection Findings in 2011 and 2018
4. Work required before submitting a listing application
5. Disclosure in the prospectus
6. Due diligence
7. Interview practices
8. Communications with regulators
9. Proper records
10. Resources, systems and controls
11. Annual assessment of systems and controls
Individuals who are sponsors and those who are interested in this topic.
Participants are highly recommended to also enrol in another course: Case studies on the Sponsor's Due Diligence, to understand the case studies on this topic.
Daniel graduated from the University of Leicester, UK with a first class honours degree in law. He was admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong and the Supreme Court of England and Wales, respectively.
Daniel has taken part in the Hong Kong Stock Exchange's listing reform in 2018. During the consultation process Daniel represented 14 sponsor and other firms and a number of investment bankers to prepare and submit responses to the consultations. He gives courses and seminars to fellow lawyers, listed companies and investment bankers from time to time.