Frequently Asked Questions 

Chapter 1

About HKEX


How did HKEX develop into its existing framework?

To increase their competitiveness to meet increasingly globalised challenges, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd (SEHK), the Hong Kong Futures Exchange Ltd (HKFE) and the Hong Kong Securities Clearing Co Ltd (HKSCC) merged on 6 March 2000 into a single controlling company known as Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX). HKEX listed on SEHK on 27 June 2000.  In December 2012, HKEX acquired the London Metal Exchange (LME), the world’s premier metal exchange.  In May 2012, OTC Clearing Hong Kong Limited (OTC Clear) was incorporated as the clearing house of clearing OTC Derivatives in Hong Kong.

With SEHK, HKFE, HKSCC, LME and OTC Clear as subsidiaries, HKEX is composed of various business functions each led by the management and the board of directors. The board of directors, as the highest decision-making unit, lays down HKEX’s objectives, missions, strategies, policies and business plans, and oversees execution by the management.

For more information about HKEX, please visit "About HKEX" at the HKEX website. 



Where can investors access HKEX’s latest information, publications and market data?

Investors can access various information at the HKEX website, including:

    • News releases, HKEX publication "Exchange", consultation papers, consultation conclusions and responses at "News & Consultations";
    • Investor education booklets at "Products & Services";
    • Market data, surveys and research papers at "Statistics & Research". Those who wish to subscribe for data products should visit the website's "Data Products" under “Products & Services”;
    • Rules and guidelines on listing matters, trading rules and clearing house rules at "Rules & Regulations".  Hard copies are available for sale at the reception of HKEX at 1/F, One and Two Exchange Square, Central, Hong Kong from Monday to Friday (except public holidays) at 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  For enquiries, please call (852) 2840 3965.  



What are the procedures for a visit to the Exchange Exhibition Hall?  

Any group interested in visiting the Exchange Exhibition Hall during business hours on a weekday shall email its request to us by completing an Application Form and, also, providing us with a copy of business card at  Such a visit request shall be submitted to us no less than three weeks before the intended date of the visit.  A written confirmation will be sent to the relevant party if the application is accepted.  The Application Form is available at the HKEX website at



Where can investors obtain information about overseas stock exchanges?

For information about stock exchanges outside Hong Kong, investors may contact the World Federation of Exchanges on +33 (0)1 58 62 54 00 (telephone), +33 (0)1 58 62 50 48 (facsimile) or visit its website: