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Published Date: 04 September 2015

Cross Border Capital Raising in ASEAN made easier

Kuala Lumpur, 4 September 2015… The Monetary Authority of Singapore and Singapore Exchange, together with the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand, have issued a handbook to implement the Streamlined Review Framework for the ASEAN Common Prospectus. Under the Framework, ASEAN issuers planning a multi-jurisdictional offering of equity or plain debt securities can expect a shorter time-to-market, and faster access to capital across the region.

This Framework requires both Home and Host Authorities to complete the prospectus review process at the same time, within three to four months from the date of submission. The handbook provides detailed guidance on the operational aspects of the Framework, including criteria for issuers. The handbook can be accessed here (513.6 KB).


Note to Editor

The Framework is an initiative under the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) Implementation Plan. It has been endorsed by the ASEAN Finance Ministers to enhance ASEAN’s attractiveness as a fund-raising centre.

The ACMF was set up in 2004 to promote freer flow of capital and greater connectivity of ASEAN capital markets. Other key initiatives under ACMF include the ASEAN Trading Link among regional exchanges; the framework for Expedited Entry of Secondary Listings to allow for faster time-to-market for corporates seeking secondary listings; and the ASEAN Disclosure Standards to facilitate multi-jurisdiction offerings of equity and plain debt. The ACMF has also worked to profile ASEAN as an asset class through the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard, which has elevated the visibility of well governed ASEAN PLCs to the international investing community. More information on the ACMF Implementation Plan and the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint 2015 can be found at   &and , respectively.