Notwithstanding the fact that an issuing company applying for the listing of its stock meets the listing criteria set forth in these Rules, the TWSE may disagree to its listing if the issuing company has any of the events listed below, except for any of those in subparagraphs 8, 9, or 10 under which the TWSE shall disagree to its listing, and is deemed by the TWSE to be inappropriate for listing:
Subparagraph 2 of the immediately preceding paragraph shall not apply to companies applying for listing which are government-owned enterprises.
- It has any of the events set forth in Article 156, paragraph 1, subparagraphs 1 and 2 of the Securities and Exchange Act, or has made misrepresentation or false statement or conducted unlawful activities that may affect the price of its securities after listing thereof, and will cause fear that the market order may be affected or the public interests may be harmed.
- Its financial or business affairs are not independent from other person(s).
- It has had any material labor dispute or environmental pollution sufficient to affect its normal financial and business operations, and has not made improvement.
- It has been discovered any material non-arms-length transaction and has not made improvement.
- After the capital increase through a new share issue which has been effected or is being effected in the year in which it applies for listing is included in the amount of paid-in capital in its final account for the respective year, it does not meet the listing criteria.
- It has failed to effectively implement its written accounting system, internal control system, or internal audit system, or has failed to prepare financial reports in accordance with relevant laws and regulations and generally accepted accounting principles, and the event of this failure is considered as material.
- There has been serious deterioration in its business operation.
- Where the applicant company conducted any activities in violation of the principle of good faith in the most recent 5 years, or where its directors, general manager or de facto responsible person violated the same principle in the most recent 3 years.
- If an applicant company has less than five directors on its board of directors, or its independent directors number less than three persons or less than one-fifth of the number of directors; or if any of its board of directors are unable to independently exercise their functions; or if it has not appointed the remuneration committee pursuant to Article 14-6 of the Securities and Exchange Act and related provisions. Additionally, among the elected independent directors, at least one of them must be a professional in accounting or finance.
- Where the applicant company has been registered for trading as an emerging stock on the TPEx in the fiscal year of the listing application and the most recent fiscal year thereto, and there has been, from the TPEx registration date onward, any trading of stock issued by the applicant company by any incumbent director, or shareholder holding 10 percent or greater of its total issued shares other than on the emerging stock market; provided, this restriction shall not apply where such trading is for purposes of underwriting under Article 11 of these Rules or for other legitimate reason.
- Where the shares of the applicant company are held by a TWSE (or TPEx) listed company and TPExmeet any of the following conditions, and any equity transfer conducted by the TWSE (or TPEx) listed company during the most recent three years for purposes of reducing its shareholding ratio in the applicant company has not been conducted in a manner giving pre-emptive subscription rights to the existing shareholders, or in other manner not detrimental to the rights and interests of the shareholders of the TWSE (or TPEx) listed company:
- The applicant company is the existing or newly established company being transferred business or assets due to a demerger of the TWSE (or TPEx) listed company.
- The applicant company is a subsidiary of the TWSE (or TPEx) listed company, and during the three-year period before the application for TWSE listing, the TWSE (or TPEx) listed company has cumulatively reduced its direct or indirect shareholding in the applicant company by 20 percent or more.
- Where the listing is considered by the TWSE as inappropriate due to its scope of business, nature or special circumstances.
The ending date of the applicable periods referred to in various subparagraphs of paragraph 1 of this Article shall be the day immediately before the date on which the Agreement for Listing takes effect.
If a foreign issuer that applies for a TWSE primary stock listing complies with all listing requirements specified in Article 28-1, but any of the circumstances listed below exists at that foreign issuer or any controlled company thereof, and the TWSE deems the listing inappropriate, the TWSE need not approve its stock listing:
- Any circumstance having a serious impact on the company's financial or business condition, or sufficient to cause its dissolution or changes to its organization or capital, or it acts deceptively or illegally such that the post-listing price of its securities is affected, with a likelihood of affecting market order or harming the public interest.
- Its finances or operations cannot be independently and clearly distinguished from those of another person.
- Any material non arms-length transaction has occurred and has not been corrected.
- The applicant company or any controlled company thereof, or any incumbent director, supervisor, general manager or de facto responsible person of any of those companies, has acted in violation of the principle of good faith in the most recent 3 years.
- There has been serious deterioration in the applicant company's business operation.
- Any of the applicant company's board of directors are unable to independently exercise their functions.
- The TWSE deems listing inappropriate for any other reason related to the scope or nature of the enterprise or any other special circumstance.