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MAS and SGX join Malaysia and Thailand to expedite review process for Secondary Listings within ASEAN


March 16, 2012 - Singapore

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) today jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Expedited Review Framework for Secondary Listings.

The Expedited Review Framework is an initiative under theACMF Implementation Plan endorsed by the ASEAN Finance Ministers in 2009. The objective of the Framework is to speed up the processing of secondary listing applications together with the relevant disclosure documents. This Framework is available tocorporations which are incorporated and whose shares are primarily listed on the main market of an exchange in jurisdictions which are signatories to the MOU. Where corporations satisfy the requirements set out in the Framework, signatories to the MOU will review these applications within a shortened time period of 35 business days compared to the normal review time of up to 16 weeks.

Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are the first three jurisdictions to sign the MOU. Other securities regulators and stock exchanges of ASEAN jurisdictions may join the Framework by signing the Memorandum of Understanding on Expedited Review Framework for Secondary Listings as and when they are able to satisfy the requirements of the Framework.

Mr Lee Chuan Teck, Assistant Managing Director (Capital Markets Group), MAS, said "The signing of the MOU indicates the commitment of ASEAN jurisdictions to work towards integrating our capital market. We hope that the Expedited Review Framework will encourage more listed companies to seek cross-listings in the region to broaden their investor base. With more cross-listings, investors in the region will have easier access to a broader choice of investments."

"SGX is pleased to join MAS, regional regulators and our exchange partners in signing the MOU. The Expedited Review Framework for Secondary Listings will shorten the time-to-market for secondary listings of companies. We expect this will allow listed companies to leverage on ASEAN's growth potential and that our customers will have access to a wider choice of investment opportunities," said SGX President Mr Gan Seow Ann.

More information on the ACMF Implementation Plan and the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2015 can be found at http://www.theacmf.org/ACMF/webcontent.php?content_id=00014 and http://www.asean.org/5187-10.pdf.

About Singapore Exchange (SGX)

Singapore Exchange (SGX) is among the world's largest exchanges and Asia's second largest listed exchange. As the Asian gateway, SGX is the market of choice for investors wanting to participate in Asia's vibrant and rapidly growing economies, and for Asian issuers seeking international capital.

SGX's extensive suite of securities, derivatives and commodities products makes it Asia's most international exchange. SGX's services range from listings, trading, high-speed market access, clearing and settlement to depository services and Central Counter Party services for OTC traded derivatives. With the region's longest trading hours, and powered by cutting-edge technology, SGX is the unparalleled conduit for investment flows into and out of Asia. For more information, please visit www.sgx.com

Source: Singapore Exchange (SGX)

Contact:

MAS
Denise Gan
Deputy Director, Corporate Communications
Direct: +65 6229 9425
Email: denisegan@mas.gov.sg

SGX
Loh Wei Ling
Vice President, Communications
Direct: +65 6236 8157
Email: loh.weiling@sgx.com





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