From the Council Table

In July 2014, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) released the “Standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters” and called on...
August 2015
Following from the 2008 financial crisis, there have been calls for more institutional investor shareholder activism and engagement in a number of international financial markets. A number of...
July 2015
In January 2015, the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Securities and Futures Commission and the Insurance Authority (collectively “the...
June 2015
In March, the Competition Commission (“The Commission“) and the Communications Authority published a set of revised Draft Guidelines (“Revised Draft Guidelines”) under the...
May 2015
The Law Society on 6 March issued a submission in response to the Government’s consultation on the method for selecting the Chief Executive by universal suffrage. In its consultation paper...
April 2015
The Madrid Protocol is an international arrangement which seeks to facilitate the registration and management of trade marks in different jurisdictions. Under the Protocol, a trade mark owner may...
March 2015
The Building Management Ordinance (Cap. 344) (“BMO”) provides a legal framework for owners to organise themselves to discharge their building management responsibilities. It was lately...
March 2015
The Intellectual Property Department (“IPD”) has reviewed the costs and the fees of services provided by its various registries and proposed a set of fee revisions. It intends to...
February 2015
The Competition Ordinance (Cap. 619) (the “Ordinance”) establishes the Competition Commission (the “Commission”) to, among other things, develop and issue a set of...
January 2015
The Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 (the “2014 Bill”) was gazetted on 13 June. It, in effect, combines the proposals previously contained in the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2011 with the...
December 2014
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited published a Consultation Paper on Review of Listing Rules on Disclosure of Financial Information with Reference to the New Companies Ordinance and Hong Kong...
November 2014
The Administration is reviewing section 39(1)(b) of the Legislative Council Ordinance (Cap. 542), in light of the Judgment in Wong Hin Wai and Leung Kwok Hung v the Secretary for Justice [2012]...
November 2014
The Administration gazetted the Private Columbaria Bill on 20 June to propose new regulations on private columbaria operation. Under the proposal, all private columbaria, unless exempted, are to be...
November 2014
Consultation on the Proposed Subsidiary Legislation and President’s Directions for the Competition Tribunal Enacted in June 2012, the Competition Ordinance (Cap. 619) (the “CO”) aims to...
October 2014
Property Management Services Bill Property management companies and property management practitioners currently are not subject to any regulatory control. The Administration proposed a regulatory...
September 2014
– Prohibition of Advertisement of Sex Selection through Reproductive Technology Procedures The Food and Health Bureau (“FHB”) recently conducted a consultation on the prohibition of...
September 2014
Consultation Paper on Proposal to Amend Publication Requirements Relating to Offer and Redemption Prices or Net Asset Value and Notices of Dealing Suspension under the Code on Unit Trusts and Mutual...
September 2014
Review on Abscondee Regime under Bankruptcy Ordinance Under the Bankruptcy Ordinance (Cap. 6) (the “BO”), a bankrupt is entitled to be discharged from bankruptcy automatically upon the...
August 2014
Consultation Paper on Open-Ended Fund Companies The Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (“FSTB”) conducted a three-month consultation on open-ended fund companies by publishing a...
August 2014
Consultation Paper on Proposed Amendments to the Guidelines for the Exemption of Listed Corporations from Part XV of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Disclosure of Interest) A consultation...
August 2014