Regulatory Reform

SFC proposes to implement revisions to AML/CFT guidelines on 1 November 2018 ahead of FATF Hong Kong evaluation

On 5 July 2018, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a consultation paper on proposals to amend the Guideline on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Main Guideline) and the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Guideline issued by … Continue reading

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Hong Kong open-ended fund company regime expected to commence on 30 July 2018

On 18 May 2018, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published the conclusions to its consultation on the detailed legal and regulatory requirements applicable to the upcoming open-ended fund company (OFC) regime. The detailed requirements are set out in the Securities and Futures (Open-ended Fund … Continue reading

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FCA consults on proposals to regulate claims management firms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a joint consultation paper – Claims management: how we propose to regulate claims management companies (CP18/15) (the Consultation) with the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) setting out draft proposals on how the FCA intends … Continue reading

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CHINA’S NEW LIBERALISATION POLICIES FOR THE FINANCIAL SECTOR

China is advancing its policies to open up its markets and attract more foreign investment. This year, the financial sector is one of the focus areas for liberalisation. On 11 April 2018, Yi Gang, the governor of People’s Bank of … Continue reading

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FCA issues outcome of high cost credit review and seeks feedback on proposals for new rules and guidance for overdrafts and high cost credit

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a press release setting out the outcome of its high-cost credit review (HCCR) together with new proposals on rules and guidance designed to protect consumers that use overdrafts and high-cost credit (the Proposals). 

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FCA: Transforming Culture Conference report

The FCA has today published a report of its March 2018 Transforming Culture Conference. The short report (7 pages) summarises the event and sets out next steps.

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FEMR Progress Report / Speech by Mark Carney, Governor of the BoE

FEMR Progress Report: The HM Treasury, the Bank of England (BoE) and FCA have today published the 2018 Progress Report on the Fair and Effective Markets Review (FEMR). 

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HONG KONG INSURANCE AUTHORITY PUBLISHES DRAFT ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDELINE FOR CONSULTATION

The Hong Kong Insurance Authority (IA) has launched a consultation on a draft Guideline on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), as part of the qualitative (ie, Pillar 2) requirements under the proposed risk-based capital (RBC) regime.

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UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES COMPLETE WITHDRAWAL FROM THE JCPOA, AND PROVIDES WINDING-DOWN PERIOD BEFORE SANCTIONS RE-IMPOSITION

On May 8, 2018, President Trump announced that the United States will completely withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the “JCPOA“). The JCPOA, signed in July 2015 and implemented on January 16, 2016, lifted most US nuclear related … Continue reading

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REGULATION IN THE AGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES

Blockchain technology is ushering in a new epoch of monetary oversight, creating opportunities and challenges for regulators in a world disrupted by the advent of cryptocurrencies As of 3 May 2018, according to CoinMarketCap, the current market capitalisation of Bitcoin … Continue reading

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