Non-UK regulation

US to reinstate certain actions against Cuba

On June 16, 2017, President Trump announced a policy framework for the re-imposition of certain US sanctions with respect to Cuba. In particular, the United States' new policy will restore certain restrictions with respect to American investments in the Cuban … Continue reading

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Former Chief Secretary and property tycoon lose appeal in Hong Kong’s highest profile corruption case

The convictions of former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, Rafael Hui, former Sun Hung Kai chairman, Thomas Kwok, and two others have been upheld by Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal. The appellants have resumed serving their sentences for conspiracy to commit … Continue reading

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US Senate votes to impose new sanctions on Iran

The US Senate has voted to impose an array of new sanctions with respect to Iran, related to Iran's alleged activity concerning its ballistic missile program, international terrorism, and arms supply and training. The bill serves as a reminder that, … Continue reading

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US Senate approves Russia sanctions amendment

A bipartisan US Senate coalition has approved a wide-ranging package of new Russia-related sanctions as an amendment to the Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 ("S.722" or "Iran Sanctions Bill") currently pending before Congress. The changes contemplated by these provisions-dubbed-Countering … Continue reading

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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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The UK Government announces consultation on sanctions post-Brexit

The two year process of the UK's exit from the EU formally began on 29 March 2017 with notice being given under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union of the UK's intention to leave the EU. One … Continue reading

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SFC focuses on the role of financial advisers and valuers in advising listed companies in corporate transactions

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has issued a circular to financial advisers to provide guidance on its expectations as to their role when advising listed companies on corporate transactions (FA circular). The FA circular reminds financial advisers of their … Continue reading

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US state department extends Iran JCPOA waivers but emphasises Human Rights, missile issues

On May 17, 2017, the day on which the US State Department made its semi-annual report to Congress under the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA), the State Department announced that the current administration continues to … 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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