The following will apply to a hedge fund:
(1) For the purposes of Rules 404(1)(a) and 404(2)(a), the asset size of the hedge fund should be determined on an un-leveraged basis (i.e. net of borrowings).
(2) Generally, a fund will be deemed to have satisfied Rule 404(5) if the management company has been in operation for at least five years. However, the Exchange may accept a management company that has been in operation for less than five years, if the Exchange is satisfied that the management company is reasonably able to perform its duties.
(3) A hedge fund will be deemed to have satisfied Rule 404(6) if its investment manager has at least one principal with at least 5 years of relevant investment management experience. For a fund-of-funds strategy, the Exchange will consider the investment management experience of the principal responsible for the investment management activities of the listed fund-of-funds. If the key principal of an investment manager leaves and cannot be replaced within a period of 1 month, the fund will be required to wind up.
(4) While a hedge fund eligible for a listing will be admitted to the Official List of the Exchange, there will be no trading in the units of the fund on the Exchange. As such, Rules 404(1)(b), 404(2)(b), 404(2)(c) and 404(2)(d) will not apply.
(5) A hedge fund must observe the continuing listing obligations stipulated in Rule 748, with the following modifications:
(a) The hedge fund must announce via SGXNET its net asset value per unit, as soon as practicable after each month end, but in any event no later than 7 business days. In addition, the hedge fund must immediately announce the following information relating to its operations:—
(i) any general suspension of calculation of net asset value;
(ii) any material change in net asset value or any change in the valuation policy;
(iii) any proposed or actual material change in the general character or nature of the operation of the fund;
(iv) any proposed or actual change in the investment policy and/or objective;
(v) any proposed or actual material change in investment, borrowing and/or leverage restrictions;
(vi) any material change in the organization or arrangements of the fund, including any change in its investment manager, custodian, administrator or independent auditor;
(vii) any redemption of 30% or more of the fund.
(b) A hedge fund must announce its financial reports for the first half year and the full financial year in accordance with Rule 748(2). However, the hedge fund does not have to present its financial statements in the format set out in Appendix 7.2.
(c) The annual report of a hedge fund does not have to include the information required by Rules 748(3)(a), 748(3)(b) and 748(3)(c). However, if the hedge fund is offered only to institutions and/or accredited investors, the annual report should contain all information that institutions and/or accredited investors would customarily expect to see in such reports.
(6) Where a hedge fund breaches any listing rule, the Exchange will not automatically delist the fund, but will consider the nature and circumstances of the breach before deciding on the action to be taken.
(7) As soon as practicable after the fund receives approval in-principle from the Exchange, the fund should submit the document of Rule 410(1) and a copy of prospectus, offering memorandum or introductory document in electronic form.