Harder for small Singapore firms to list in Hong Kong

Observers see spike in rejections over past year, amid HK exchange's tougher rules

Lawyers and fund managers note that there has been a spike in the number of Singapore companies that failed to get a listing in Hong Kong over the past year.
Lawyers and fund managers note that there has been a spike in the number of Singapore companies that failed to get a listing in Hong Kong over the past year.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Singapore firms, particularly small-cap ones, are finding it harder to list in Hong Kong amid tough new rules that some say are a bid to lift the quality of companies on the exchange.

Lawyers and fund managers note that there has been a spike in the number of Singapore companies that failed to get a listing in Hong Kong over the past year, particularly in recent months.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 14, 2019, with the headline 'Harder for small S'pore firms to list in Hong Kong'. Subscribe