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  • 1.

    Size of market
    What is the size of the market for initial public offerings (IPOs) in your jurisdiction?

  • 2.

    Who are the issuers in the IPO market? Do domestic companies tend to list at home or overseas? Do overseas companies list in your market?

  • 3.

    Primary exchanges
    What are the primary exchanges for IPOs? How do they differ?

  • 4.

    Which bodies are responsible for rulemaking and enforcing the rules on IPOs?

  • 5.

    Authorisation for listing
    Must issuers seek authorisation for a listing? What information must issuers provide to the listing authority and how is it assessed?

  • 6.

    What information must be made available to prospective investors and how must it be presented?

  • 7.

    Publicity and marketing
    What restrictions on publicity and marketing apply during the IPO process?

  • 8.

    What sanctions can public enforcers impose for breach of IPO rules? On whom?

  • 9.

    Describe the timetable of a typical IPO and stock exchange listing in your jurisdiction.

  • 10.

    What are the usual costs and fees for conducting an IPO?

  • 11.

    Typical requirements
    What corporate governance requirements are typical or required of issuers conducting an IPO and obtaining a stock exchange listing in your jurisdiction?

  • 12.

    New issuers
    Are there special allowances for certain types of new issuers?

  • 13.

    Anti-takeover devices
    What types of anti-takeover devices are typically implemented by IPO issuers in your jurisdiction? Are there generally applicable rules relevant to takeovers that are relevant?

  • 14.

    Special requirements
    What are the main considerations for foreign issuers looking to list in your jurisdiction? Are there special requirements for foreign issuer IPOs?

  • 15.

    Selling foreign issues to domestic investors
    Where a foreign issuer is conducting an IPO outside your jurisdiction but not conducting a public offering within your jurisdiction, are there exemptions available to permit sales to investors within your jurisdiction?

  • 16.

    Tax issues
    Are there any unique tax issues that are relevant to IPOs in your jurisdiction?

  • 17.

    In which fora can IPO investors seek redress? Is non-judicial resolution of complaints a possibility?

  • 18.

    Class actions
    Are class actions possible in IPO-related claims?

  • 19.

    Claims, defendants and remedies
    What are the causes of action? Whom can investors sue? And what remedies may investors seek?

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