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Hong Kong accelerates IPO rule changes

Exchange shortens consultation in bid to capture global tech offerings

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Chief Executive Charles Li Xiaojia said the new listing rules could take effect as earlier as April. (Photo by Nikki Sun)

HONG KONG -- The stock exchange operator of Hong Kong is speeding up changes to the long-cherished principle of equal voting rights for all shareholders.

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing will adopt new listing rules to allow companies with "weighted voting right" structures to be listed on its main board as earlier as April -- two months ahead of its original schedule.

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