Chapter 8

Due Diligence Guidelines –

Business Model

9. Regulatory Guidance on Specific Industries

9.1 Guidance

9.1.1 The SFC and the Stock Exchange have in the past given specific guidance for listing issuers engaged in certain industries or types of business models, such as businesses involving distributors, forfeited payments, jointly controlled entities, contract-based structures (i.e., variable interest entities), mining businesses, PRC pawn loan business, restaurant business and agriculture. When dealing with these specific industries or business models, the sponsor should, in addition to the general guidance set out in this chapter, take into account the specific regulatory statements in discharging its due diligence duties.

9.1.2 Where relevant, please see also Chapter 14 “Due Diligence Guidelines – Distributors, Franchisees and Consignees”, Chapter 23 “Due Diligence Guidelines – Mineral Companies” and Chapter 24 “Due Diligence Guidelines – Biological Assets”.


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Regulatory Guidance on Specific Industries

Jointly Controlled Entities

Specific Regulatory Statements for Jointly Controlled Entities

Specific Due Diligence Guidance

Contract Based Structures

PRC Pawn Loan Business

Restaurant Business


Mining Businesses

Hong Kong Stock Exchange
Securities Futures Commission (SFC) Hong Kong

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