Syren Johnstone

Syren Johnstone is the Executive Director of the LLM (Compliance & Regulation) Programme at the University of Hong Kong and a Director of Keel Consulting. He has undertaken senior management roles regulated by the SFC and The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, been engaged for expert work by Hong Kong’s statutory regulators, and has been an influential voice in shaping high profile regulatory matters that have been referenced in LegCo and the Court of Appeal. He is a member of the SFC’s Fintech Advisory Group since its 2016 formation.

Industry Snapshot More than 200 cryptoexchanges now operate internationally. While platforms that provide futures and options trading on Bitcoin and Ether are already subject to the oversight of...
13 August 2019
In March and May 2019 the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) took disciplinary action against five investment banks in relation to shortcomings in the standards of sponsor work on three...
11 July 2019
Some participants in the crypto/blockchain/DLT industry actively invite regulatory oversight but policy considerations and the usual patterns of legal and regulatory development can mean that wanting...
6 November 2018
Abraham Lincoln famously posited that if one calls a tail a leg it doesn’t mean that a dog has five legs. Similarly, a blockchain-based token offered in an initial coin offering (‘ICO’) may,...
6 March 2018
The Market Misconduct Tribunal recently found that a no material adverse change (“no-MAC”) statement published by CITIC Limited in 2008 did not constitute market misconduct under s. 277 of the...
14 July 2017
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