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In late July, the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) announced that it had entered into a supervisory memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) with the UK Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”)....
August 2017
Hong Kong's securities regulator has vowed to take action against private equity funds and discretionary accounts involved in "improper activities" amid increased market scrutiny by authorities...
August 2017
On 28 June 2017, the NDRC and MOFCOM jointly released the 2017 Catalogue for the Guidance of Foreign Investment. The new catalogue cuts 30 restrictive measures to foreign investors and opens up new...
August 2017
On 11 July 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) circulated for public comment the Rules on the Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure Security (Draft for Comments...
August 2017
Banking regulators will postpone their next meeting in another bid to agree on global capital rules, taking more time to try to overcome objections from European banks to minimum capital levels,...
August 2017
Taiwan has been dropped from a watchlist of Asia-Pacific jurisdictions deemed to have inadequate anti-money laundering controls, a senior official said on Wednesday, 26 July, adding that the move...
July 2017
China's securities regulator pledged on Wednesday, 26 July, to expand access to capital markets for all types of investors, while encouraging more long-term institutional participation in the...
July 2017
Tencent Holdings' online publishing subsidiary has sought a waiver from Hong Kong listing rules to allow it to withhold shareholding information of some executives, drawing criticism...
July 2017
Global regulators warned on Wednesday, 5 July, of shortcomings in efforts to ensure that clearing houses can recover from a crisis without a meltdown in the financial system or a taxpayer bailout...
July 2017
On 26 May 2017, the Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) circulated for public comment the Measures for Record-filing Administration of the Establishment and Change of Foreign-invested Enterprises (“Draft...
July 2017
Bank Culture Reform The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (the “HKMA”) released a circular entitled “Bank Culture Reform” on 2 March 2017. The circular sets out a framework for establishing a sound...
July 2017
On 5 June 2017, the General Office of the State Council distributed the Special Administrative Measures for Foreign Investment Access in the Pilot Free Trade Zones (Negative List) (2017 Version). The...
July 2017
The central banks of China and Hong Kong on Sunday, 2 July, said non-mainland investors can start trading Chinese corporate bonds in a trial beginning on Monday, confirming a calendar...
July 2017
Hong Kong's ever-closer relationship with mainland China may be good for business, but it poses growing corporate governance challenges for the former British colony, which this weekend marks 20...
July 2017
The Hong Kong Court of First Instance rejected a claim that it had jurisdiction to determine whether a trade association violated the Competition Ordinance. The court reasoned that determination...
June 2017
International law firm, Simmons & Simmons has released a new research report which shows how many large financial institutions are struggling to innovate fast enough. Hyperfinance, the firm’s...
June 2017
With the effective date of the Insurance Companies (Amendment) Ordinance fast approaching, at which time the Independent Insurance Authority (“IIA”) will take over the work of the Office of the...
June 2017
Hong Kong's securities and banking regulators have issued a joint consultation proposing certain carve-outs from requirements under the over-the-counter ("OTC") derivatives regulatory regime....
May 2017
In a recent speech, Ashley Alder, chief executive of the Securities and Futures Commission ("SFC"), discussed how the regulator tackles market risks across its operations. He also described a...
May 2017
Better access to licensing information held by Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission ("SFC") will make life easier for compliance and legal staff at the territory's banking and...
May 2017