Offences by Officers of Companies Penalty for Falsification of Books Frauds by Officers of Companies Liability where Proper Accounts Responsibility of Directors Power of Court to Assess Prosecution of Delinquent Officers Disqualification for Appointment Corrupt Inducement Enforcement of Duty of Liquidator Notification on Company Liquidation Exemption of Certain Documents Books of Company to be Evidence Disposal of Books and Papers Pending Liquidations Unclaimed Assets to be Paid Resolutions Passed at Meetings Meetings to Ascertain Wishes Affidavits, &c. Power of Court to Declare Dissolution Repealed 30 of 1999 s. 18 Government Disclaimer of Property Effect of Government Disclaimer Repealed 30 of 1999 s. 21 Striking Defunct Company Power of Court to Order Company Application for Deregistration Reinstatement Registrar to Act as Representative Property and Books etc. Effect on Section 292 Companies Liquidation Account Investment of Surplus Funds Accounts of Particular Estates General Rules and Fees Disqualification for Appointment Disqualification of Undischarged Power to Appoint Official Receiver Receivers Appointed out of Court Notification Power of Court to Fix Remuneration Provisions as to Information Special Provisions as to Statement Delivery to Registrar of Accounts Enforcement of Duty of Receiver Construction of References Registration Offices Protection of Registrar etc. Fees Inspection, Production and Evidence Authentication of Documents Enforcement of Duties: Ordinance Application to Companies Formed Application to Companies Registered Companies re-Registered Companies Capable Definition of Joint Stock Company Registration: Joint Stock Companies Other than Joint Stock Companies Authentication of Statements Registrar May Require Evidence Exemption of Certain Companies Addition of "Limited" etc., to Name Certificate of Registration Vesting of Property on Registration Saving for Existing Liabilities Continuation of Existing Actions Effect of Registration Power to Substitute Memorandum Power of Court to Stay Actions on Winding-up Order Meaning of Unregistered Companies Winding up of Unregistered Oversea Companies May be Contributories in Winding up Power to Restrain Proceeding Actions Stayed on Winding-up Provisions of Part X Cumulative Saving for Enactments Application of Part XI Documents, etc. to be Delivered Continuing Obligation in Respect Termination of Registration Registrar to Keep an Index Return to be Delivered to Registrar Accounts of Oversea Company Obligation to State Name Notice of Commencement Regulation of Use of Corporate Service of Documents on Oversea Notice to be Given Removal etc. of Name Penalties Interpretation of Part XI Dating of Prospectus and Particulars Exemption of Certain Persons Provisions as to Expert's Consent Registration of Prospectus Amendment of Prospectus Prospectus May Consist Submission of Certified Copies Penalty for Contravention Civil Liability for Misstatements Criminal Liability for Misstatements Interpretation of Provisions Dormant Companies Prohibition of Partnerships Documents Delivered to Registrar Power of Registrar to Accept Power of Registrar to Refuse Registrar not Responsible for Disposal of Documents Form of Registers etc. Power of Registrar to Keep Records Penalty for False Statements Penalty for Dishonest Destruction Penalty for Improper Use of "Limited" Obligation to Give Notice Injunctions Provision for Punishment Limitation on Commencement Production and Inspection of Books Application of Fines Saving as to Private Prosecutors Saving for Privileged Communications Service of Documents on Company Costs in Actions Power of Court to Grant Relief Power to Enforce Orders Power to Make Regulations Power to Amend Requirements Repealed 30 of 1999 s. 34 Power to Refuse Registration Power to Order Company Certain Sections not to Apply Vesting and Disposal of Property Provisions Applicable to Winding up Certain Sections to Apply Calls on Contributories Continuation of Legal Proceedings Obstruction of Official Receiver Control of Official Receiver Audit of Official Receiver's Accounts Protection of Official Receiver Companies to Which Part XI Applies Saving Saving II Saving III Savings and Transitional Transitional Application of the Amending
Chapter: 32  COMPANIES ORDINANCE

Section Num: 342C  Version Date 03/12/2004

Registration of prospectus

(1) No prospectus offering for subscription or purchase shares in or debentures of a company incorporated outside Hong Kong (whether the company has or has not established a place of business in Hong Kong) shall be issued, circulated or distributed in Hong Kong unless the prospectus complies with the requirements of this Ordinance and, on or before the date of its publication, circulation or distribution in Hong Kong, its registration has been authorized under this section and a copy thereof has been registered by the Registrar.  (Amended 30 of 2004 s. 2)

(2) Every prospectus shall-

(a) on the face of it, state that a copy has been registered as required by this section and, immediately after such statement, state that neither the Commission nor the Registrar takes any responsibility as to the contents of the prospectus or, where the prospectus is or is to be authorized for issue by a recognized exchange company pursuant to a transfer order made under section 25 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap 571), state that neither the Commission nor the recognized exchange company nor the Registrar takes any responsibility as to the contents of the prospectus;  (Amended 30 of 2004 s. 2)

(b) on the face of it, specify or refer to statements included in the prospectus which specify, any documents required by this section to be endorsed on or attached to the copy so registered; and

(c) conform with such requirements as are prescribed by the Chief Executive in Council or specified by the Registrar under section 346 which are applicable to prospectuses to be registered under this Part.  (Amended 23 of 1999 s. 3)

(3) An application for authorization for registration of a prospectus under this section shall be made in writing to the Commission and there shall be delivered to the Commission together with the application a copy of the prospectus proposed to be registered which has been certified by 2 members of the governing body of the company or by their agents authorized in writing as having been approved by resolution of the governing body and having endorsed thereon or attached thereto-

(a) any consent to the issue of the prospectus required by section 342B from any person as an expert; and

(b) in the case of a prospectus issued generally, also-

(i) a copy of any contract required by paragraph 17 of the Third Schedule to be stated in the prospectus or, in the case of a contract not reduced into writing, a memorandum giving full particulars thereof or, if in the case of a prospectus exempted under section 342A from compliance with the requirements of section 342(1), a contract or a copy thereof or a memorandum of a contract is required by the Commission to be available for inspection in connection with the request made under section 342A(1), a copy or, as the case may be, a memorandum of that contract;

(ii) where the prospectus offers shares in the company for sale to the public, a list of the names, addresses and descriptions of the vendor or vendors of the shares; and

(iii) where the persons making any report required by Part II of the Third Schedule have made therein, or have, without giving the reasons, indicated therein, any such adjustments as are mentioned in paragraph 42 of that Schedule, a written statement signed by those persons setting out the adjustments and giving the reasons therefor.

(4) The references in subsection (3)(b)(i) to the copy of a contract required thereby to be endorsed on or attached to a copy of the prospectus shall, in the case of a contract wholly or partly in a language other than English or Chinese, be taken as references to a copy of a translation of the contract in either language or a copy embodying a translation in English or Chinese of the parts not in either language, as the case may be, being a translation certified in the prescribed manner under subsection (9) to be a correct translation.  (Amended 83 of 1995 s. 20; 30 of 2004 s. 2)

(5) The Commission may-

(a) authorize the registration by the Registrar, of a prospectus to which this section applies and where the Commission so authorizes, the Commission shall issue a certificate-

(i) certifying that the Commission has done so; and

(ii) specifying the documents which are required to be endorsed on or attached to the copy of the prospectus to be registered; or

(b) refuse to authorize such registration.

(6) The Commission shall not authorize the registration of a prospectus which relates to an intended company.

(7) The Registrar-

(a) shall not register a prospectus under this section unless-

(i) it is dated and the copy thereof to be registered has been certified in the manner required by this section;

(ii) it is accompanied by a certificate issued under subsection (5);

(iii) it is endorsed thereon or attached thereto all the documents specified in the certificate granted under subsection (5); and

(iv) it conforms with such requirements as are prescribed by the Chief Executive in Council or specified by the Registrar under section 346 which are applicable to prospectuses to be registered under this Part; and  (Amended 23 of 1999 s. 3)

(b) shall register a prospectus if subparagraphs (i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) of paragraph (a) are complied with in respect of that prospectus.

(8) Any person aggrieved by the refusal to authorize the registration of a prospectus under this section may appeal to the court and the court may either dismiss the appeal or order that the registration of the prospectus be authorized by the Commission under this section.

(9) A translation mentioned in subsection (4) shall be-

(a) certified by the person making the translation as a correct translation; and

(b) deemed to be certified in the prescribed manner if the person making the translation has been certified, by the appropriate person mentioned in subparagraph (i) or (ii), as a person believed by that appropriate person to be competent to translate it into the English or Chinese language, as the case may be, that is to say-

(i) if the translation be made outside Hong Kong-

(A) a notary public in the place where the translation is made;

(B) such other person as may be specified by the Commission; or

(C) such other person belonging to a class of persons specified by the Commission, by notice published in the Gazette, for the purposes of this paragraph;

(ii) if the translation be made in Hong Kong-

(A) a notary public in Hong Kong;

(B) a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong;

(C) such other person as may be specified by the Commission; or

(D) such other person belonging to a class of persons specified by the Commission, by notice published in the Gazette, for the purposes of this paragraph.  (Added 30 of 2004 s. 2)

(10) A notice published under subsection (9)(b)(i)(C) or (ii)(D) is not subsidiary legislation.  (Added 30 of 2004 s. 2)

(Replaced 86 of 1992 s. 15)

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