On 23 May 2018, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published its consultation conclusions on disclosure requirements for discretionary accounts (Consultation Conclusions). They consist of amendments to the Code of Conduct for Persons Licensed by or Registered with the Securities and Futures Commission (Code). Continue reading
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). Continue reading
The House of Lords has established an ad hoc Select Committee (the “Committee“) to consider and report on the Bribery Act 2010 (the “Act“). The Committee, which was formally appointed on 17 May, is due to release a report by the end of March 2019 which will focus on:
- the extent to which the Bribery Act 2010 has led to stricter prosecutions of corrupt conduct, a higher conviction rate and/or a reduction in such conduct; and
- the impact that the Act has upon businesses and in particular small and medium enterprises (“SMEs“).
Welcome to the first edition of our Anti-Corruption Regulation Legal Guide for the Middle East.
We are delighted to launch this publication, which presents the legislative framework regulating bribery and corruption across arrange of Middle East jurisdictions, drawing upon the combined knowledge and experience of our lawyers, as well as qualified and experienced counsel in each of the jurisdictions covered. We understand this guide to be unique in terms of scope and content. Continue reading
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has published guidance detailing the UK Government’s intended approach to sanctions exceptions and licences after Brexit. Sanctions exceptions and licences are mechanisms through which restrictive measures imposed by sanctions may be relaxed in specific circumstances. The guidance comes as the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill (the “Bill“) reaches the final stages of the legislative process. The Bill has passed through both the House of Lords and the House of Commons, and is currently in the “ping pong” stage. Continue reading
HONG KONG SFC PROVIDES UPDATE ON MIC REGIME AND ANNOUNCES THEMATIC REVIEW OF LICENSED CORPORATIONS’ GOVERNANCE
In the latest issue of its SFC Compliance Bulletin: Intermediaries published on 16 May 2018, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) provides an update on the implementation of the Manager-in-Charge (MIC) regime and announces that it will conduct a thematic review of licensed corporations’ (LC) management structure and effectiveness. Continue reading
MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORIST FINANCING RISKS FACING HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND PAYMENT SYSTEMS
The Hong Kong government has published a report detailing the money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF) risk assessment of Hong Kong. This follows the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that jurisdictions identify and assess their ML/TF risks and apply mitigating measures, and is a pre-cursor to the FATF’s onsite evaluation of Hong Kong’s ML/TF safeguards, scheduled to take place this autumn.
The report examines the ML/TF threats and vulnerabilities facing Hong Kong as a whole as well as specific sectors. The key aspects of the report are highlighted in our e-bulletin of 4 May 2018. In a follow-up e-bulletin (please click here to access), we provide an overview of the report’s findings in relation to financial institutions and payment systems.
Among others, the Securities and Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Insurance Authority have issued circulars to alert the entities under their purview of the report and provide guidance.
Jackie LamAssociate, Hong Kong
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