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Article NO. Content

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Regulations Governing the Offering and Issuance of Securities by Foreign Issuers  CH

Amended Date: 2021.03.29 (Articles 3, 5, 6, 8, 9-1, 65 amended,English version coming soon)
Current English version amended on 2015.11.12 
Article 10     After a foreign issuer has obtained an effective registration for the domestic offering and issuance of securities, it shall act in accordance with the following provisions:
  1. Except in cases of issuance of new shares or sponsored issuance of TDRs in connection with a merger, acquisition of shares of another company, or acquisition or demerger, issuance of straight corporate bonds, issuance of employee stock warrants, issuance of new restricted employee shares, or sponsored issuance of TDRs for purposes of conversion of convertible corporate bonds or corporate bonds with warrants or performance of warrant obligations, the foreign issuer must retain a financial institution to collect proceeds on its behalf and deposit those proceeds in the segregated account that it has opened. Before beginning to collect proceeds, it shall enter into a payment collection agreement and a payment deposit agreement with the bank that collects proceeds on its behalf and deposits them in the segregated account. Within 2 days from the date on which it enters into those agreements, it shall input the relevant information such as the name of that contracted bank and the date on which the contract was signed into the FSC-designated information reporting website. The collection and deposit in the segregated account of proceeds by that bank may not be handled by the same business unit of that bank. The foreign issuer may draw on those proceeds only after they are collected in full, and must input the data regarding the collection of proceeds in full into the FSC-designated information reporting website within 2 days after the date on which those proceeds are collected in full.
  2. The foreign issuer shall, within 10 days after the end of each quarter, post the funds utilization plan and the quarterly report on the status of funds utilization to the information reporting website specified by the FSC. However, this provision does not apply to a secondary exchange (or OTC) listed company that sponsors an issue of TDRs using shares that have been issued and are held by the shareholders.
  3. In the case of a primary exchange (or OTC) listed company that conducts a cash capital increase or corporate bond issue, or a secondary exchange (or OTC) listed company that conducts a cash capital increase or sponsors an issue of TDRs, it shall on a quarterly basis contact the original lead underwriter or the attesting CPA to issue an evaluation opinion on the reasonableness of the progress made in utilization of the funds and the handling of unused funds and on whether any change to the plan is involved, and shall input this information together with the information referred to in the preceding subparagraph to the information reporting website specified by the FSC.
  4. If there is any change in the items of the fund utilization plan or any adjustment to amounts of individual items, such that the aggregate amount of any decreases in, or the aggregate amount of any increases in, the amount of funds originally required for the individual items reaches 20 percent or more of the total amount of funds to be raised, the issuer shall report the change for approval by the Central Bank. After such approval is obtained, the issuer shall register the amendment to the plan and shall input amendment-related information to the information disclosure website specified by the FSC. A primary exchange (or OTC) listed company or emerging stock company also shall, at the time of the change and subsequently within 10 days after the end of each quarter, contact the original lead underwriter to issue an evaluation opinion on the reasonableness of the progress made in utilization of the funds and of the purposes for unused funds and shall input this information together with the information referred to in paragraph 2, subparagraph 2 to the information disclosure website specified by the FSC. However, this provision does not apply to a secondary exchange (or OTC) listed company that sponsors an issue of TDRs using shares that have been issued shares and are held by the shareholders.
  5. In the case of a primary exchange (or OTC) company that issues new shares in connection with a merger, acquisition of shares of another company, or acquisition or demerger, it shall, within 10 days after the end of each quarter during the first year after completion and registration of the case, contact the original lead underwriter to issue an evaluation opinion on any effect of the merger, acquisition of shares of another company, or acquisition on the finances, business, or shareholders' equity of the issuer, and shall enter the opinion to the information disclosure website specified by the FSC.
  6. In the case of a primary exchange (or OTC) company or emerging stock company that conducts a cash capital increase or issue of corporate bonds, before the utilization plan of the cash capital increase or corporate bond issue is accomplished, the company shall disclose the progress of the plan in its annual report. In the case of a corporate bond issue, within 2 days after the raising of capital has been completed and by the 10th day of each month during the issuance period of the corporate bonds, information relating to the issuance of the corporate bonds shall be input into the information disclosure website specified by the FSC.
  7. When there occurs any material event requiring immediate announcement under the securities laws and regulations of the country where the securities are listed and the rules of the listing securities exchange, the information shall simultaneously be input to the information disclosure website specified by the FSC. This also applies for any event voluntarily announced by the foreign issuer.
    The funds raised in accordance with the provisions of subparagraph 1 of the preceding paragraph shall be remitted by the lead securities underwriter in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Statute for Regulation of Foreign Exchange.
    A primary exchange (or OTC) listed company or emerging stock company offering and issuing overseas securities, after obtaining effective registration, shall be required mutatis mutandis to do the matters set out in paragraph 1, subparagraphs 2 to 7, and additionally, within 10 days after issuance, upload the prospectus prepared in accordance with the securities laws and regulations of the country where the offering took place to the information disclosure website specified by the FSC. However, this uploading need not be done in the case of issuance of overseas depositary receipts that are for purposes of overseas corporate bond conversion or exercise.
    When a primary exchange (or OTC) listed company or emerging stock company offers and issues overseas securities, if any specific persons or strategic investors subscribe to the securities, the company shall disclose the subscription list as well as individual subscription prices and quantities in the prospectus and shall input them to the information disclosure website specified by the FSC. If it receives a written inquiry from the competent authority for securities of the country in which the securities are listed, it shall report to the FSC within 2 days from the date on which it receives the inquiry and at the same time that it provides the information requested by the inquiry.
    A foreign issuer that domestically issues stock, certificates of payment for shares, bonds, or TDRs issued by a depositary institution shall deliver them by book-entry transfer, and shall not print physical certificates of the securities. However, a foreign issuer that is required to issue the securities in certificated form under the laws or regulations of its country of registration shall have the foreign custodian institution enter into a depository agreement with the central securities depository and confirm the issuance volume before it may issue the securities domestically.
    If securities are delivered by book-entry transfer, the issuance, transfer, or cancellation shall be handled in accordance with the relevant rules of the central securities depository.
    Within 30 days from the date it receives permission for the issuance of new shares from the competent securities registration authority of the country of its registration, a foreign issuer shall deliver the securities to subscribers, and prior to delivery it shall make a public announcement through the information disclosure website specified by the FSC.