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Should Hong Kong loosen listing rules and regulations to attract more IPOs?

Hong Kong is losing its lustre as the world’s favoured destination for companies to raise funds this year, falling behind New York and Shanghai. Over the first six months of this year, the city’s stock market raised US$5.8 billion worth of IPOs, a drop of 19.5 per cent from the US$7.3 billion it raised in the same period in 2016, when it was ranked as the leader for new listings worldwide. How can Hong Kong regain its status as the world’s No. 1 IPO market in terms of fundraising size? Should Hong Kong loosen listing rules and regulations to attract more IPOs?

On 21 November, our experts gave voice on their views about:

  • Should Hong Kong reform listing rules to attract more technologies and new-economy business?
  • Should Hong Kong tighten listings regulations in order to uphold the quality of the markets?
  • Will over-regulation hamper Hong Kong’s competitiveness as the world’s top IPO market?