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Our corporate services team assists client to incorporate companies in Hong Kong and off-shore and also to set up branch offices in Hong Kong for foreign entities. We also offer quality on-going maintenance for companies such as filing of annual returns and provision of registered address and nominee services.

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The new Guidance Letter on qualification requirements for company secretaries of listed companies
On 28 August 2020, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”) published a new guidance letter HKEX-GL108-20 (the “Guidance Letter”) in relation to the qualification and experience requirements of the company secretary of issuers listed in Hong Kong. This Guidance Letter reiterates the important role played by a company secretary in supporting the board in achieving good corporate governance and provides guidance to issuers when appointing a company secretary whose qualifications and experience does not meet the qualification and experience requirements set out in the Rule 3.28 (“Rule 3.28“) of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Stock Exchange (the “Listing Rules”) (Rule 5.14 of the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on GEM of the Stock Exchange (the “GEM Listing Rules”)).
HKEX proposes to increase the profit requirement for a Main Board listing
On 27 November 2020, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”) issued a consultation paper on the proposed changes to Rule 8.05(1)(a) (“Rule 8.05(1)(a)”) the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Stock Exchange (Main Board unless otherwise stated) (the “Listing Rules”) by increasing the profit requirement for listing on the Main Board (the “Consultation Paper”). The consultation period will end on 1 February 2021.
Listing Rules amendments to codify general waivers and principles relating to IPOs and listed issuers
On 28 August 2020, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Stock Exchange”) published conclusions to the consultation paper on “Codification of General Waivers and Principles relating to initial public offerings (the “IPOs”) and Listed Issuers and Minor Rule Amendments”. Amendments will be made to both the Main Board Listing Rules and the GEM Listing Rules to, among others, codify the waivers from the Main Board Listing Rules and the GEM Listing Rules which were approved by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (the “SFC”) pursuant to Rule 2.04 of the Main Board Listing Rules or Rule 2.07 of the GEM Listing Rules (the “General Waivers”) and waivers which have been granted on multiple occasions to new applicants and/or listed issuers on the basis of similar principles and conditions (the “General Principles”). The proposed amendments will take effect from 1 October 2020.
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