Since 2007, when the initial centre of gravity rule was promulgated in a joint statement by the SFC and the HKEX, shareholder protection concerns and general governance and accountability standards have defined the Hong Kong-listing regime (as it does in most global exchanges).

That all changed in 2018 when Hong Kong began to prioritise accessibility. With a shift in emphasis towards enabling investors to gain exposure to dual-share class structures, especially in the biotech and fintech sectors, approvals for grandfathering Greater China issuers with overseas listings to return to Hong Kong, gained impetus.

The expansion of accessibility and widening the spectrum of exposure to the Greater China economy has played to Hong Kong's strengths as a key regional facilitator of liquidity.

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