Asia

Herbert Smith Freehills leads ASIFMA member working group to formulate Best Practices for Effective Development of Fintech

The Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) released on Friday afternoon its guide, Best Practices for Effective Development of Fintech. Its press release can be accessed here.  The guide was developed by a member working group at ASIFMA led by … Continue reading

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HK SFC launches consultation on Proposed Guidelines on online distribution and advisory platforms and proposes to extend Suitability Requirement

On 5 May 2017, the Hong Kong SFC launched a three-month consultation in relation to proposed guidelines on online distribution and advisory platforms (Proposed Guidelines). The aim of the Proposed Guidelines is to provide tailored guidance and clarity on the … Continue reading

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China’s Draft Data Localisation Measures: what you should watch out for

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has published its Measures for the Security Assessment for Personal Information and Important Data Exported Abroad (Draft for Comments) (Draft Measures) on 11 April 2017. The Draft Measures, if enacted, will become the first … Continue reading

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Indonesia: New OJK rules on registration requirements for public offerings

On 14 March 2017, the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (Otoritas Jasa Keuangan or “OJK”) issued OJK Rule No. 7/POJK.04/2017 on registration statement documents in public offerings of equity securities, debt securities or sukuk (“OJK Rule No.7”). OJK rule No.7 replaces … Continue reading

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SFC and HKMA continue to prioritise AML/CFT compliance with six new disciplinary actions in Hong Kong

Since early March 2017, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) in Hong Kong have collectively taken disciplinary actions against five regulated entities and an individual relating to breaches of anti-money laundering (AML) and … Continue reading

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Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal quashes conviction of TVB manager in high profile bribery case

The Court of Final Appeal has handed down an important judgment regarding bribery charges against former TVB general manager and TV presenter, Stephen Chan and his assistant, Tseng Pei-kun. In a case spanning seven years, Chan and Tseng were twice … Continue reading

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Bank win in mis-selling case confirmed by Hong Kong’s highest court

On 17 February 2017, the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal brought to a close the long-running case of DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited v Sit Pan Jit (FAMV 45/2016). The dispute concerned a claim by DBS Bank (Hong Kong) … Continue reading

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Hong Kong court convicts and sentences former Chief Executive

Last Friday, the former chief executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, was convicted by a criminal court on a charge of misconduct in public office. This is a first-of-its-kind conviction and again signals the willingness of Hong Kong's Department … Continue reading

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Recent SFC actions highlight increased regulatory focus on directors in Hong Kong, including INEDs

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong has recently sought disqualification orders against listed company directors in a number of court actions commenced in the past few months.  The proceedings against the directors have been brought under section … Continue reading

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Hong Kong SFC urges intermediaries to review compliance with AML/CFT requirements following identification of deficiencies

On 26 January 2017, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular (with Appendix 1, Appendix 2 and Appendix 3) highlighting its concerns regarding compliance by licensed corporations (LCs) and associated entities (AEs) with anti-money laundering and counter financing … Continue reading

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