The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the Exchange), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX), and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) today (Tuesday) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further strengthen collaboration between the two organisations, in ensuring the upholding of quality financial reporting by listed entities and their auditors.
The new MoU replaces the one signed in 2007 and facilitates efficient and effective collaboration between the Exchange and the FRC in respect of the Financial Reporting Council Ordinance’s regulation of public interest entity auditors and the compliance by listed entities with regulatory requirements in financial reporting. Key modes of collaboration include liaison, coordination and cooperation in cases of mutual interest, mutual referral of complaints and cases, exchange and use of information and mutual assistance.
To ensure proper coordination of their regulatory efforts, the Exchange and the FRC have also agreed to notify each other when preparing and issuing policies or guidelines that may have a significant impact on their respective regulatory functions.
Calvin Tai, HKEX Co-President and Chief Operating Officer, said: “Audit, along with financial reporting, plays a critical role in driving good corporate governance within listed companies. The signing of this new MoU signals our closer cooperation between the Exchange and the FRC, and underscores our commitment to ensure the quality of financial reporting and audits of listed companies, helping to reinforce Hong Kong’s status as an international financial centre.”
Marek Grabowski, CEO of the FRC, said: “The MoU establishes a joint, complementary, and collaborative framework for the FRC and the Exchange under which our collective regulatory efforts can better provide investor protection through high quality financial reporting.”
The MoU was signed by Romnesh Lamba, HKEX Co-President (front, left), and Marek Grabowski, CEO of the FRC (front, right) in the presence of Calvin Tai, HKEX Co-President and Chief Operating Officer (back, left) and Kelvin Wong, Chairman of the FRC (back, right).
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is one of the world’s major exchange groups, and operates a range of equity, commodity, fixed income and currency markets. HKEX is the world’s leading IPO market and as Hong Kong’s only securities and derivatives exchange and sole operator of its clearing houses, it is uniquely placed to offer regional and international investors access to Asia’s most vibrant markets.
HKEX is also the global leader in metals trading, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, The London Metal Exchange (LME) and LME Clear Limited. This commodity franchise was further enhanced with the launch of Qianhai Mercantile Exchange (QME), in China, in 2018.
HKEX launched the pioneering Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme in 2014, further expanded with the launch of Shenzhen Connect in 2016, and the launch of Bond Connect in 2017.