Mergers and Acquisition (“M&A”) is one of the common ways for companies to achieve additional growth by creating synergies, gaining access to unique capabilities and etc. Whether the M&A adds value to the firm depends fundamentally on a proper evaluation of the transactions. Increasing concerns on the fairness of the transactions are also observed among the public. Regulators are imposing stricter rules and disclosure requirements on transactions.
Listed companies are required to disclose details of the transaction, in particular the basis upon which the consideration was determined, if it is classified as a share transaction, disclosable transaction, major transaction, very substantial disposal/acquisition or reverse takeover as soon as the transaction has been finalized under Chapter 14 of the Main Board Listing Rules of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (“HKEx”) and Chapter 19 of the GEM Listing Rules of HKEx. The Securities and Futures Commission has issued guidance in 2017, with a further statement issued in July 2019, on use of valuations in corporation transactions to the directors, emphasizing the need for determining a fair and reasonable consideration of the transactions.
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