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Frequently Asked Questions
  When should I fill out a Listing Application?  
Identification Number 40
A Listing Application must be completed by all companies that wish to initially list on Nasdaq or by a company that is already listed on Nasdaq but wishes to transfer between the Nasdaq Global Market and the Nasdaq Capital Market. A listed company should also complete and submit a listing application if it wishes to list a secondary security on Nasdaq.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 40 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Where are the necessary listing forms and instructions to list on Nasdaq?  
Identification Number 332
Listing applications and related forms are available electronically through the Nasdaq Listing Center. Before completing your application electronically, please take a few minutes to review our Initial Listing Guide. Generally, the company will need to complete the Listing Application, Listing Agreement, Corporate Governance Certification Form and Logo Submission Form. If you are unfamiliar with the contents of the Listing Application and related forms, we recommend that you preview the forms prior to logging into the Listing Center. This will help you gather all the information you will need to complete the forms.  Questions regarding the listing process should be directed to Listing Qualifications Staff at +1 301 978 8008.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 332 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  What if I select the wrong application type?  
Identification Number 44
Once you choose your application type it cannot be changed, so please choose carefully. If you have selected the wrong application type, you will need to start a new application.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 44 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How do I update the application after it has been submitted?  
Identification Number 45
Once your application is submitted, you must submit any changes directly to your Listing Analyst. You can, however, submit additional documentation and update information contained in your Corporate Governance Certification and Listing Agreement at any time during the process.  Once updated, you can re-submit these documents or upload any additional documents through the Listing Center.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 45 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How do I complete the information in the Board Member Information Band?  
Identification Number 48
Board Members. If Board member information appearing in this section has been pre-populated and is incorrect, you may change it. To remove members who are no longer on the Company's Board, simply select the “Remove” link next to the member’s name. To add a Board member, you must first search our extensive database. The system will return a list of possible matches based on your search criteria. In addition to the person’s full name, the system will also display their age and bio. This information is provided to help ensure you make the correct selection in the event that there are multiple people with the same or similar name. If after reviewing the search results list, you do not find the person you are looking for, you may add a new Board member record.
 
Committee Assignments. Please identify the committee assignment(s) for each Board member, as applicable.
 
Independent. Please identify those Board members which you believe are independent (i.e., satisfy Nasdaq’s independence requirements as set forth in Listing Rule 5605).
 
Age. Age is not a required field. However, this information can greatly improve our ability to complete the regulatory review process as quickly as possible.
 
Refer to Listing Rule 5600 for more information about Nasdaq's corporate governance requirements.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 48 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Are there any special considerations regarding the transfer agent? What is the LPA Number and where can I find this number?  
Identification Number 46
Securities of companies listing on Nasdaq are required to be eligible for a Direct Registration Program operated by a clearing agency registered under Section 17A of the Exchange Act, such as the one offered by The Depositary Trust Company (DTC). To be eligible, an issuer is required to use a transfer agent that meets DTC's insurance and connectivity requirements. Further, the transfer agent must instruct DTC to designate the Company's securities as direct registered eligible securities. In addition, the issuer's governing documents, such as its by-laws, must permit securities that are not represented by certificates. This rule does not apply to non-equity securities, which are book-entry-only.
 
The Limited Participant Account (LPA) Number is a 4 digit account number assigned by DTC. This number can be found by contacting your transfer agent.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 46 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How do I complete the Issue-Specific information section of the application?  
Identification Number 47
Issue Type. Select the issue type from the drop down list that best describes the security you are seeking to list. Generally, this will be Common Stock, Units or Warrants.
 
Issue Class. This information is only required when the Company has issued multiple classes of a security (e.g., Class A and Class B Common Stock).
 
CUSIP. The CUSIP Service Bureau can be reached at +1 212 438 6565.
If you do not have a CUSIP number yet you can enter 999999999 in this field.
 
Round lot holders. A round lot holder is any shareholder who owns 100 or more shares.
 
Beneficial shareholders. A beneficial owner is any individual shareholder.
 
Timing of Unit Separation. If a Company has units please indicate to us the timing of their separation. If you know the exact date please provide the date. If you only know a time frame (e.g., 30 days after the offering), please provide an estimate.
 
Current Trading Symbol. The symbol under which the Company is currently trading.
 
Reserved Trading Symbol. This is only required if the Company wants to use a new symbol once it trades on Nasdaq.
 
Please Note: If you have questions about filling out the issue specific information section for an ETF or Other Structured Products application, please contact Nasdaq Listing Qualifications at +1 301 978 8008.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 47 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  What documentation does a company need to submit with an application?
Identification Number 333
In addition to a completed Listing Application, a company needs to submit a Listing Agreement, a Corporate Governance Certification Form and a Logo Submission Form, all of which are available electronically through the Listing Center. Prior to approval, Nasdaq may require additional information and supporting documentation.  See the types of documents that need to be submitted for each application type here. The only document required for original submission is the application itself and the application processing fee ($25,000 for Global and Global Select Market applicants or $5,000 for Capital Market applicants).
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 333 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How does Nasdaq determine compliance with the minimum round lot shareholder requirement for initial listing?
Identification Number 1415

Nasdaq requires at least 300 round lot holders for listing on the Nasdaq Capital Market, 400 round lot holders for listing on the Nasdaq Global Market, or 450 round lot holders for listing on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. If it is not clear from a company's public disclosures that it satisfies these round lot shareholder requirements, Nasdaq will typically request from the issuer, and review, registered shareholder lists from the company's transfer agent, data from Cede & Co about shares held in street name, and data from other providers showing the number of account holders, such as a share range analysis from Broadridge or a list of beneficial holders through a broker/dealer search.

Nasdaq will aggregate information on these lists for accounts held by the same person to eliminate duplicates from the count, including individual and retirement accounts for the same person. Nasdaq may also aggregate accounts that appear to represent a single investment decision, such as separate accounts for an individual and his or her minor children. In general, Nasdaq will seek to insure that each account represents a separate investment decision by a bona fide holder and, for this reason, would also exclude accounts that only hold shares that were given as gifts or for minimal consideration to the holder, especially if such gifts were made to allow the company to satisfy Nasdaq's listing requirements.

Given the nature of this review, determining compliance with the holder requirement can be a time consuming process. Companies are therefore encouraged to work proactively with staff to facilitate this review and begin the process as soon as possible to allow the company to demonstrate compliance on the schedule it wishes.

Publication Date*: 8/18/2017 Identification Number: 1415 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  What types of documents should be uploaded with an application?  
Identification Number 50
Please refer to this chart for the types of documents that need to be uploaded for each application type. The only document required for original submission in the application itself and the application processing fee.
 
* The Listing Agreement and Corporate Governance Certification Form are only required for issuers who do not currently have products listed on Nasdaq.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 50 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How does a company reserve a symbol to trade on Nasdaq?
Identification Number 486
A company may request a symbol for trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market by using our online form.
 
A company may request to reserve a symbol up to 24 months in advance of an initial listing application submission. If the symbol is not used during the 24-month reservation period, it will be made free and available for other potential applicants. A company may then re-apply for a symbol reservation after the original reservation expires provided that no other company has reserved the symbol. A reserved symbol may also be released at any time with given notice. A new symbol reservation can then be made if the applicant wishes to change its reserved symbol, assuming the new symbol is free and available.
 
The Nasdaq Stock Market does not reserve symbols for the OTCBB or the OTC Markets. Symbol reservations for OTCBB or OTC Markets are managed by FINRA. Any inquiries regarding symbol reservation for OTCBB or the OTC Markets should be forwarded to otcsymbols@finra.org
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 486 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Does Nasdaq require companies to sign a Listing Agreement, and where is it located on the website?
Identification Number 404
Nasdaq requires each company to sign a Listing Agreement prior to listing on Nasdaq. Listing Agreements may be completed electronically through the Listing Center along with your application.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 404 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Does Nasdaq offer a preliminary listing eligibility review for prospective applicants?
Identification Number 328
Yes. A company can seek a preliminary listing eligibility review by Nasdaq's Listing Qualifications Department prior to applying. Pursuant to this review, the Listing Qualifications Staff will review the company's public filings to determine if it meets the numerical listing requirements. In addition, to the extent questions are raised by the company, the Listing Qualifications Staff will consider compliance with the corporate governance requirements of Listing Rule 5600, such as board and board committee structure, and regulatory concerns, such as may be raised under Listing Rule 5101 and IM-5101-1. In considering whether any such questions exist, the company may find it helpful to review the information necessary to be submitted in response to the "Regulatory Proceedings/Litigation" section of the Listing Application. You may view the Listing Application and related forms using our preview function.
 
The Listing Qualifications Staff will, if necessary, meet with a prospective applicant to discuss any preliminary conclusions reached during this review. Once completed, Staff will determine whether it appears that the company satisfies Nasdaq's numerical initial inclusion criteria and whether any corporate governance or regulatory issues raised by the company would serve to prohibit Nasdaq from listing the company. Any final approval, however, will require the company to submit a formal listing application, and is conditioned upon final review of that application and the company's continued compliance with all Nasdaq criteria for initial listing at the time of listing. In addition, any final approval will require a satisfactory conclusion of certain additional qualitative reviews that Nasdaq will perform, including a review of the regulatory history of the company's officers, directors, and significant shareholders.
 
Companies interested in this preliminary review process should contact Robert McCooey, Senior Vice President, New Listings and Capital Markets via email at bob.mccooey@nasdaq.com or by phone at +1 212 401 8724.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 328 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Can a company proceed with the submission of a listing application even if not all of the information requested in the application is available at the time?  
Identification Number 335
If a company does not have all the necessary information currently available, it may submit a substantially completed application provided that the remaining information follows in a timely manner.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 335 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  In the case of a company that is planning an initial public offering, at what point in the IPO process should a Listing Application be submitted to Nasdaq?
Identification Number 334
A Listing Application should be submitted at the same time that a company submits its registration statement to the SEC, even if the applicant is filing on a confidential basis. A company may also submit the Listing Application at an earlier time with draft registration material.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 334 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How are Listing Entry Fees assessed?
Identification Number 1126
A company seeking to list on the Nasdaq Stock Market must pay an entry fee made up of two parts. A portion of the entry fee referred to as the application fee is due and payable at the time of application and is non-refundable. The balance of the entry fee is due immediately prior to listing.
 
Effective October 15, 2014, initial listing applications that have been pending for a period in excess of one year will be assessed an additional non-refundable application fee in the amount of $5,000 on the anniversary of their application date for each year that their application remains open. Applicants will receive a credit in the amount of any and all application fees paid during the pendency of their application towards any entry fee eventually assessed upon listing.
 
Publication Date*: 9/3/2014 Identification Number: 1126 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  If a Listing Application is denied, may the company appeal Nasdaq's determination?  
Identification Number 349
If the Nasdaq Staff determines to deny a Listing Application, the company may appeal Nasdaq's determination to deny initial inclusion. See Hearings FAQs for additional information.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 349 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
   Is there a document that describes Nasdaq's initial listing standards and fees?
Identification Number 1052

Yes.  Please refer to our Initial Listing Guide for important information about Nasdaq's initial listing standards, application process, and fees.

 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 1052 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Who can I contact if I have questions about Nasdaq’s listing standards or forms that listed companies are required to submit?
Identification Number 1142
For questions on listing requirements, including corporate governance requirements, and forms for listed companies, please contact Nasdaq’s Listing Qualifications Department, which is responsible for monitoring companies for compliance with the initial and continued listing requirements.
 
Representatives of listed companies can also log into the Listing Center to get contact information for their dedicated continued listing analyst.
 
Publication Date*: 1/26/2016 Identification Number: 1142 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  What is the Nasdaq Global Select Market?
Identification Number 1081

The Nasdaq Global Select Market is a tier of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, which has the highest initial listing standards of any stock market in the world. Companies listed on the Global Select Market must meet financial and liquidity requirements and satisfy corporate governance and disclosure requirements on both an initial and ongoing basis.

The same continued listing requirements apply to companies on the Nasdaq Global Select Market and the Nasdaq Global Market.

The Nasdaq Global Market, including the Nasdaq Global Select segment, is the successor to the Nasdaq National Market. As such, Nasdaq believes that all securities listed on the Nasdaq Global Market, including those on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, are ''covered securities,'' as that term is defined in Section 18(b) of the Securities Act of 1933.

At any time, a company currently listed on the Nasdaq Global Market can submit a transfer application to move its securities to the Nasdaq Global Select.  There are no application or entry fees associated with this application, which is available electronically through the Listing Center.

For detailed information on Nasdaq listing standards see the Initial Listing Guide and the Continued Listing Guide.

Publication Date*: 11/21/2013 Identification Number: 1081 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Are securities listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market granted automatic "blue sky" exemptions?  
Identification Number 330
Yes. The SEC approved a modification to Securities Act Rule 146 to designate securities listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market as "covered" securities, which makes them exempt from state "blue sky" registration requirements. The Order became effective on May 24, 2007. To view the SEC Approval Order, please click here. Please note that Nasdaq Global Select Market and Nasdaq Global Market securities are currently subject to a "blue sky" exemption contained in the Securities Act of 1933.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 330 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Does Nasdaq have the authority to deny a company or delist a company that otherwise meets the quantitative and qualitative criteria for initial or continued listing?
Identification Number 415
Yes. As set forth in Listing Rule 5101 and IM-5101-1, in addition to applying the enumerated criteria set forth in Listing Rules 5300, 5400, 5500, 5600 and 5700, Nasdaq will exercise broad discretionary authority over the initial and continued inclusion of securities in Nasdaq in order to maintain the quality of and public confidence in its market.  
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 415 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Does Nasdaq list companies that use a contract-based structure, such as a variable interest entity ("VIE"), to operate some or all of its business(es)?
Identification Number 1116
In certain markets, including China, there are restrictions on ownership of businesses in certain industries by foreign persons. To overcome these restrictions, a company may adopt a corporate structure, such as a VIE, whereby control of the operating company is obtained, not through ownership, but rather through a series of legal agreements between the operating company and the VIE company that is owned by public shareholders. There have been instances in the past where companies using this structure have lost control of their China-based operating companies to the detriment of public shareholders of the VIE entity.

There are no Listing Rules that prohibit listing companies that use such a structure. However, Listing Qualifications will review the disclosures and documents surrounding the company’s corporate structure and agreements and may request additional information or impose additional requirements. In addition, an investor considering investing in such a company may want to consider the company’s disclosures, including risk factors in its prospectus, and understand, among other things:
  • The reasons why the company uses a VIE structure for its business(es);
  • Whether the company has a plan to unwind or dissolve the VIE structure in the future, especially if restrictions on foreign ownership are eased or lifted;
  • Whether there is a legally enforceable power of attorney or similar document that confers upon the company all legal rights of the VIE(s), including the right to all economic benefits and the ability to exercise control over the VIE’s operations, assets and employees;
  • Whether the company has obtained legal opinions from local counsel regarding, among other things: (i) the legality of the VIE structure under applicable law and regulations; (ii) the enforceability of the contractual arrangements that underlie the VIE structure; and (iii) whether the successors or assignees of the VIE’s shareholder(s) are bound by and subject to the VIE contracts;
  • Whether there are any government or regulatory rulings relevant to the use and legality of the company’s VIE structure(s) and whether there are any objections or concerns raised by governmental entities or regulatory authorities regarding the use of a VIE structure;
  • Whether the company has obtained all necessary government and regulatory approvals to operate the VIE business(es); Whether the VIE structure allows the company to consolidate the financial results of the VIE(s) under applicable accounting principles;
  • Whether any of the VIE shareholders are also officers, directors or employees of the company or any subsidiary and, if so, a description of any arrangements or structures to address conflicts of interest that may arise under such circumstances;
  • Whether the company is required to and has the ability to repatriate revenues generated by, or amounts advanced to, the VIE business(es).
Publication Date*: 8/8/2014 Identification Number: 1116 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  What is the effect on the listing process of structuring a business combination of a Special Purpose Acquisition Company ("SPAC") with an operating business by creating a new Registrant rather than having the SPAC acquire the operating business?
Identification Number 1416

Ordinarily a SPAC will acquire an operating business and, if there is any failure to demonstrate compliance with the initial listing requirements at that time, Nasdaq would initiate proceedings to delist the combined entity. That entity could appeal the delisting notice and may remain listed during the appeal process. If the entity demonstrates compliance with the initial listing requirements during the pendency of the appeal, the appeal generally would become moot and the combined entity would be allowed to remain listed.

However, Nasdaq has also observed that certain SPACs may structure their transaction where the target operating business acquires the SPAC or a new entity is formed to acquire both the SPAC and the target operating business. In these cases, the new entity will be a new Registrant with the SEC and will seek to initially list at the time of the business combination; the currently listed SPAC will cease to exist as a separate entity. Because a new entity is seeking listing and Nasdaq would be required to certify to the SEC that this entity meets all listing requirements before listing the entity, Nasdaq is unable to list the combined entity until it demonstrates compliance with all applicable initial listing requirements. As such, in these instances, the combined entity would not be listed after the business combination if it has not demonstrated compliance with all initial listing requirements, including the minimum round lot shareholders requirement.

It should be noted that in many instances SPACs completing business combinations have difficulty verifying the number of round lot shareholders in a timely manner given the challenges involved in determining shareholder numbers generally and the additional complications that result from the ability of SPAC shareholders to redeem their holdings for cash at the time of the business combination. Please see FAQ #1415 which discusses how Nasdaq determines compliance with the minimum round lot shareholder requirement for initial listing.

Publication Date*: 8/18/2017 Identification Number: 1416 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  What are the fees associated with listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market?  
Identification Number 336
A company is subject to a non-refundable application fee and a variable entry fee. The non-refundable application fee must be submitted with a company's application. Applications pending for more than one year are assessed an additional application fee in the amount of $5,000, which must be paid in order to keep the application open. The variable entry fee is based on a company's total shares outstanding and is due upon Nasdaq's approval of the application and prior to listing.
 
Once listed, companies not on the All-Inclusive Annual Fee program are subject to additional fees when undertaking certain corporate actions, such as changing their name or listing additional shares.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 336 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Are the first year's annual fees pro-rated?  
Identification Number 418
Yes. In the first year of listing, the company's annual fee will be pro-rated based on the month of listing.
 
Publication Date*: 2/8/2013 Identification Number: 418 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
   What are the fees for a Nasdaq listed company to list a new class of securities?
Identification Number 1057
When listing a new class of securities, a Nasdaq listed company will owe application and entry fees, as set forth in Listing Rule 5900 Series and further detailed in our Initial Listing Guide.  The application fee should be submitted at the time of application, and, shortly after listing, the company will be sent an invoice for the entry fee.
 
Entry fees for listing a new class of securities are based on the total shares outstanding of the new security at the time of listing.   However, the total amount of entry fees owed by a company for all classes of securities on the same fee schedule that are listed on the Global Select or Global Market, including entry fees previously paid by the company for other classes, is presently capped at $225,000. Similarly, the total amount of entry fees owed by a company for all classes of securities on the same fee schedule that are listed on the Capital Market is presently capped at $75,000. If a company has previously paid entry fees up to the applicable fee cap, then only the application fee is charged for listing the new class of securities.
 
In addition, the company will also owe an annual fee for the new class of securities.  In the year of listing, annual fees are pro-rated, based on the month of listing. The company will be sent an invoice for the pro-rated annual fee shortly after listing.
 
Please note that a company that participates in the All-Inclusive Annual Listing Fee program is required to pay application and entry fees when it lists a new class of security on Nasdaq.
 
Publication Date*: 8/20/2012 Identification Number: 1057 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How should a company refer to Nasdaq in SEC filings that ask for the name of the exchange where the company is, or will be, listed or registered?
Identification Number 1055

Nasdaq’s formal name, which should be included in SEC filings that ask for the name of the exchange where the company is, or will be, listed or registered, is The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC.

 
Publication Date*: 8/20/2012 Identification Number: 1055 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  What are the initial listing standards?
Identification Number 327
The goal of Nasdaq's listing requirements is to facilitate capital formation for companies worldwide and, at the same time, to protect investors and prospective investors in those companies through the application of quantitative and corporate governance listing requirements, which are enforced through a transparent regulatory process.
 
Nasdaq has three marketplaces: the Nasdaq Global Select Market, the Nasdaq Global Market and the Nasdaq Capital Market. For detailed information on the listing standards for each marketplace, please see Initial Listing Guide. Nasdaq's quantitative listing requirements generally call for companies to meet higher thresholds for initial listing than for continued listing.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 327 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Is registration under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 required before a security can be admitted to trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market?
Identification Number 329
Yes. A security approved for listing by Nasdaq must be registered under Section 12(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 before it can be listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market. Exchange Act registration is required even though the applicant may have previously registered all or part of the securities under the Securities Act of 1933. A security which has already been registered under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act, or has recently been the subject of a public offering registered under the Securities Act, can usually be registered under Section 12(b) by using SEC Form 8-A. If an applicant does not have a class of securities registered under the Exchange Act Section 12(g), filing of a SEC Form 10 may be required.
 
For companies that were listed on Nasdaq prior to it becoming a national securities exchange on August 1, 2006, the SEC and other regulators granted Nasdaq's request to allow it to apply on behalf of its listed companies for registration under Section 12(b) of the Exchange Act. A copy of the SEC's order granting this request can be found here.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 329 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  What happens if a company fails to meet all of the listing requirements?
Identification Number 339
While Nasdaq's rules provide for exceptions under certain circumstances, Nasdaq will not generally approve an application if the security does not meet all of Nasdaq's initial listing requirements. However, the company may appeal an adverse determination and seek listing from a Listing Qualifications Hearings Panel. See Hearings FAQs for additional information.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 339 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  When may a company that is formed by a Reverse Merger apply for a Nasdaq listing?  
Identification Number 348
A company that is formed by a Reverse Merger is eligible to submit an application for initial listing only if the combined entity has, immediately before filing the listing application: (i) traded for at least one year in the U.S. over-the-counter market, on another national securities exchange, or on a foreign regulated exchange, following the filing with the SEC or other Regulatory Authority of all required information about the transaction, including audited financial statements for the combined entity; and (ii) maintained a closing price of $4 per share or higher for a sustained period of time, but in no event for less than 30 of the most recent 60 trading days.
 
In addition, such a company may only be approved for listing if, at the time of approval, it has: (i) timely filed all required periodic financial reports with the SEC or other Regulatory Authority (Forms 10-Q or 10-K) for the prior year, including at least one annual report and (ii) maintained a closing price of $4 per share or higher for a sustained period of time, but in no event for less than 30 of the most recent 60 trading days prior to approval.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 348 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How does Listing Rule 5110(c), which pertains to reverse mergers, apply to companies that merge with a shell company that voluntarily files Exchange Act reports?
Identification Number 1139
Listing Rule 5110(c) imposes additional listing criteria on issuers formed by a Reverse Merger. For these purposes, the term “Reverse Merger” is defined by Listing Rule 5005(a)(35) as a transaction whereby an operating company becomes an Exchange Act reporting company by combining with a shell company which is an Exchange Act reporting company. The additional listing criteria imposed by Listing Rule 5110(c) apply whether the shell was required to file Exchange Act reports or was doing so on a voluntary basis.
 
Publication Date*: 11/19/2015 Identification Number: 1139 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Are companies required to comply with all listing requirements at the time of listing?
Identification Number 338
Companies must generally meet all listing requirements at the time of listing; however, consistent with the Securities and Exchange Act, a grace period of up to one year from the first trade date may be granted to companies completing initial public offerings to secure their independent directors and/or to establish audit, compensation, and nominating committees, which meet Nasdaq's requirements.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 338 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Does Nasdaq require independent auditors to review company's financial statements?  
Identification Number 398
Each company listed on Nasdaq must be audited by an independent public accountant that is registered as a public accounting firm with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, as provided for in Section 102 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. In addition, under SEC rules, the auditor must review the company's quarterly periodic reports. See Listing Rules 5210(b) and 5250(c)(3).
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 398 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How does Nasdaq measure stockholders' equity when qualifying a company for initial listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market?  
Identification Number 340
To qualify a company for initial listing, Nasdaq uses the stockholders' equity number as reported on a company's most recent balance sheet. The company's financial statements must be: (i) prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP; (ii) reconciled to U.S. GAAP; or (iii) prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board, for companies that are permitted to file financial statements using those standards with the SEC. Nasdaq reserves the right to make adjustments to estimate stockholders' equity at the time of listing. For example, if a company has previously reported net losses, a burn rate may be calculated with the aid of historically published income statements and applied to estimate a company's stockholders' equity at the time of listing.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 340 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How does Nasdaq measure compliance with the initial listing price requirement when a company lists pursuant to an initial public offering?      
Identification Number 342
An issuer listing on the Nasdaq Stock Market pursuant to an initial public offering satisfies the price requirement if its offering is priced at or above the required price.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 342 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How does Nasdaq measure compliance with the initial listing price requirement for a seasoned company?  
Identification Number 343
A company that is already trading on another market must meet the applicable minimum price requirement on the date Nasdaq approves their listing application and is expected to list promptly thereafter.  
 
For a company traded on a non-listed market, promptly generally means within five business days of approval. If the company is listed on another exchange, promptly generally means within fifteen business days of approval, to allow for the additional time required to effect the transfer from the other market.
 
In either case, if the company's security qualifies under the alternative price listing standard with a bid price below $4, the security must meet the applicable $2 or $3 closing price for five consecutive business days in order to qualify.
 
Note: A company that qualifies for listing only under the market value of listed securities standard must also meet the price requirement for 90 consecutive trading days prior to applying for listing.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 343 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Can a seasoned issuer effect a reverse stock split to meet the minimum bid price requirement for initial listing?  
Identification Number 344
A seasoned issuer may complete a reverse stock split to comply with Nasdaq's minimum price requirement for initial listing. Generally, when this happens, Nasdaq will require that the issuer continue to meet the price requirement for a minimum of five consecutive trading days after the split takes place. This means that on each of the five days the issuer must at some point during normal trading hours have a price which is at or above the applicable initial listing criteria.
Please note that Nasdaq may, in its discretion, also require an issuer to maintain the required minimum price for a period in excess of five consecutive business days, but generally no more than ten consecutive business days, before determining that the issuer has demonstrated compliance. In determining whether to require a longer waiting period, Nasdaq will consider the following four factors:
    • Margin of compliance (the amount by which the price is above the minimum standard);
    • Trading volume (a lack of trading volume may indicate a lack of bona fide market interest in the security at the posted bid price);
    • Where applicable, the market maker montage (the number of market makers quoting at or above the minimum required bid and the size of their quotes); and,
    • The trend of the stock price (is it up or down?).
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 344 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How does Nasdaq determine closing price for purposes of Listing Rule 5505(a)(1)(B)?  
Identification Number 1021
For a company that qualifies to list with a price of $2 or $3 under Listing Rule 5505(a)(1)(B), the closing price is the Nasdaq Official Closing Price, if there is one, or the consolidated closing price distributed under the applicable National Market System Plan if there is no Nasdaq Official Closing Price. The security must maintain the necessary closing price for five consecutive business days, but Nasdaq may extend this five day period, based on any fact or circumstance, including the margin of compliance, the trading volume, the Market Maker montage, the trend of the security's price, or information or concerns raised by other regulators concerning the trading of the security.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 1021 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Does Nasdaq require listed companies to have a full-time Chief Financial Officer?
Identification Number 1049
SEC rules and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act impose heightened obligation on the CFO of a public company, including the requirement to certify the company's periodic financial statements.  Given the importance of this role, Nasdaq generally requires listed companies to employ a full-time CFO.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 1049 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Does Nasdaq review a company's past corporate governance activities upon an application to list on the Nasdaq Stock Market?  
Identification Number 346
When a company applies to list on Nasdaq and is currently traded on another exchange, or quoted on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board or Pink Sheets, Nasdaq will review the company's recent corporate governance activities. If the company is listed on another exchange, Nasdaq will request a representation from the company that it is in compliance with all of the corporate governance requirements of the exchange and has no past violations of these standards. In addition, Nasdaq may contact the exchange to confirm that the company has not been in violation of the exchange's corporate governance requirements.
  
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 346 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Are listed companies required to submit a certification of compliance with Nasdaq's corporate governance rules?  
Identification Number 400
Yes. As part of initial application process, each company completes a Corporate Governance Certification Form and submits this form along with its Listing Application. The form certifies the company's compliance with Nasdaq's requirements relating to the audit committee, the director nominating process, the determination of officer compensation, board composition, executive sessions, quorum and code of conduct. This form can be completed electronically after logging in to the Listing Center.
 
Once listed, companies do not need to submit annual certifications, but must update the form if a change in the company's status results in the prior certification no longer being accurate.  For example, if a company indicated on its certification that it was not subject to a requirement because it was a controlled company, that company must submit a new form if it ceases to be a controlled company. Similarly, a Foreign Private Issuer that relied on an exemption in its certification would have to file a new certification if the company ceased to be a Foreign Private Issuer. To submit an updated Certification Form once the Company is already listed, log in to the Listing Center and complete a Company Event Notification Form.
 
Publication Date*: 5/23/2013 Identification Number: 400 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Does Nasdaq require its listed companies to adopt a Code of Conduct?    
Identification Number 99
Yes. Nasdaq listed companies are required to have a code of conduct that is applicable to all directors, officers and employees. The code of conduct must meet the definition of a "code of ethics" as set forth in Section 406(c) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The code of conduct must be publicly available. In addition, any waivers of the code for directors or executive officers must be approved by the board. Companies, other than Foreign Private Issuers, shall disclose such waivers within four business days by filing a current report on Form 8-K with the Commission or, in cases where a Form 8-K is not required, by distributing a press release. Foreign Private Issuers shall disclose such waivers either by distributing a press release or including disclosure in a Form 6-K or in the next Form 20-F or 40-F. Alternatively, a company, including a Foreign Private Issuer, may disclose waivers on the company's website in a manner that satisfies the requirements of Item 5.05(c) of Form 8-K.  
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 99 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How do the corporate governance requirements of Listing Rule 5600 apply to Foreign Private Issuers?    
Identification Number 156
Nasdaq's corporate governance requirements generally apply to Foreign Private Issuers (as defined in Listing Rule 5005). However, Listing Rule 5615(a)(3) permits a Foreign Private Issuer to follow home country governance practices in lieu of certain Nasdaq requirements provided the company properly notifies Nasdaq and makes the required disclosure.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 156 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  How do the corporate governance requirements of Listing Rule 5600 apply to non-U.S. companies that are not Foreign Private Issuers?      
Identification Number 162
Non-U.S. companies that are not Foreign Private Issuers are not eligible to receive exemptions from Nasdaq's corporate governance requirements and must comply with all provisions of Listing Rule 5600.
 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 162 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
   What are the requirements for a Nasdaq listed company to list a new class of securities?
Identification Number 1058

Companies listed on Nasdaq must complete an application to list a new class of securities.  The application can be made through The Nasdaq Listing Center.   Direct any questions about this to Nasdaq Listing Qualifications.

 
Publication Date*: 8/20/2012 Identification Number: 1058 Mailto Link
Frequently Asked Questions
  Which application type should I select and, why does this matter?  
Identification Number 43
You should choose the application type that best describes your Company as this drives the questions that will be asked of you throughout the application process. A description of the different application types is as follows:
 
Company Conducting an Initial Public Offering or Distribution Spinoff. Choose this option if your Company does not already file periodic and annual reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is not listed on another market. Alternatively, you should choose this option if you are a foreign Company performing an initial public offering of ADRs in the United States.
 
Seasoned Company, Company Switching from Another Market. Choose this option if your Company is already trading on another U.S. exchange or if you are traded on the OTCBB or pink sheets. If you are trading on a foreign exchange, please choose Other.
 
Company Seeking Dual Listing. Choose this option if your Company is already listed on the New York Stock Exchange and would like to simultaneously list on Nasdaq.
 
Company Transferring from the Capital Market to the Global or Global Select Market. Choose this option if your Company is already listed on Nasdaq on the Capital Market and would like to switch to the Global or Global Select Market.
 
Company Transferring from the Global or Global Select Market to the Capital Market. Choose this option if your Company is already listed on Nasdaq on the Global or Global Select Market and would like to switch to the Capital Market.
 
Company Transferring from the Global Market to Global Select Market. Choose this option if your Company is already listed on Nasdaq on the Global Market and would like to switch to the Global Select Market.
 
Company Conducting a Change of Control Combination OR for SPACs completing a business combination following which the combined Company is required to meet the requirements for initial listing. Choose this option if your Company is merging with a Company that is already listed on Nasdaq.
 
NOTE: Listing applicants resulting from business combinations with SPACs wherein the Nasdaq-listed entity is acquired by a new SEC registrant are considered to be new listings. Such entities should NOT complete this application, but instead complete the Listing Application – For Seasoned Companies.
 
Company Seeking to list a New Class of Securities. Choose this option if your Company is already listed on Nasdaq and would like to list an additional class of securities. Please do not use this type of application if you are seeking to list structured products (e.g., ETFs, ETNs, Trust Preferreds).
 
Company Seeking to List an Exchange Traded Fund or Other Structured Product. Choose this option if you would like to list any of the following:
  • Exchange-Traded Funds
  • Exchange-Traded Notes
  • Managed Fund Shares (Active ETFs)
  • Portfolio Depositary Receipts
  • Selected Equity-Linked Debt Securities (SEEDS)
  • Trust Issued Receipts
  • Index-Linked Exchangeable Notes
  • Equity Gold Shares
  • Trust Certificates
  • Commodity-Based Trust Shares
  • Currency Trust Shares
  • Commodity Index Trust Shares
  • Commodity Futures Trust Shares
  • Partnership Units
  • Trust Units
  • Managed Trust Securities
  • Currency Warrants
  • Index Warrants

Please contact Nasdaq Listing Qualifications at +1 301 978 8008 with questions about the listing of products not listed above.

 
Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Identification Number: 43 Mailto Link
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