ASIC imposes licensing conditions on SSX

ASIC imposes licensing conditions on SSX

The corporate regulator has imposed additional licence conditions on the Sydney Stock Exchange and outlined a number of changes that need to be made.

ASIC has released an assessment report into the Sydney Stock Exchange’s (SSX) listing standards based on research and analysis conducted between 1 July 2013 and 2 June 2016.

The report found that “a number of changes” need to be made by the exchange.

“These changes include putting adequate arrangements in place to manage conflicts between its commercial interests and the need for it to operate a listing market that is fair, orderly and transparent,” ASIC said.

“SSX's ownership and business model makes conflict management essential because it is a wholly-owned subsidiary within a corporate group, where other businesses in the corporate group provide professional advisory services to entities seeking admission to its official list.”

ASIC’s report found several “material concerns” in the processes the SSX used to manage conflicts of interest, and imposed a number of licence conditions to ensure independent directors formed a majority of the board, an independent person conduct an annual review of the market, and ensure the listings committee is comprised of qualified, independent persons.

SSX chief executive Tony Sacre said the new conditions would not affect companies listed on the exchange.

“Investors and listed companies aren’t impacted at all by these additional licensing conditions – they merely pertain to our own internal corporate governance,” he said.

“It was good to reach a landing space that allows for the maintenance of a robust exchange whilst maintaining Sydney Stock Exchange’s ability to successfully market to our targeted client base.”

Mr Sacre said the exchange had been working alongside the regulator to “ensure that any real or perceived conflicts are mitigated” and was “comfortable” with the result.

Read more:

Brexit process to hit pound and gilt markets

Government tables new ASIC funding bill

Sugar now an ‘earnings risk’: AMP Capital

DTCC to launch blockchain solution in 2018

Nikko AM expands leadership team

Related Articles


ASIC imposes licensing conditions on SSX
ASIC, Sydney Stock Exchange, SSX, Tony Sacre, compliance obligations, market licence
ID logo
promoted stories


Joshua Bolten

Pimco adds White House COS to advisory board

Staff Reporter

Lara Bourguignon

NAB corporate super GM jumps ship to AMP

Staff Reporter

Darren Stevens

Bravura executive returns to Mercer

Staff Reporter


investordaily image

Five bond myths for 2018

Nick Gartside

investordaily image

In-house product: Hayne's next target?

William Davidson

Garry Visontay

Applying a VC mindset to corporate ventures

Garry Visontay