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New Insurance Authority in Hong Kong commences regulation of insurers with enhanced powers

With effect from 26 June 2017, the independent Insurance Authority (IA) assumed its regulatory responsibilities and replaced the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) in regulating insurers. The IA will be a much more powerful regulator than its predecessor, … 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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Filed under Bribery and Corruption, Hong Kong

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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Consultation conclusions published in Hong Kong on protected arrangements regulation under proposed resolution regime

The Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau, jointly with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Securities and Futures Commission and the Insurance Authority (together, Authorities) published their conclusions on the consultation relating to the proposed regulations on protected arrangements (PARs) … Continue reading

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Government proceeds with proposals to enhance Hong Kong regulations on anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing

In 2018, Hong Kong's regime will be subject to mutual evaluation with those of other members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). FATF sets international standards for anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing regulation and reviews the effectiveness of regulation … 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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