Hong Kong SFC confirms enforcement priorities and approach following strategic review

In its recently relaunched Enforcement Reporter newsletter (see first issue), the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has confirmed that corporate fraud and misfeasance, anti-money laundering, Growth Enterprise Market companies and multiple intra-group failings are issues high on its agenda and will be pursued as a priority, as part of its shift towards a more targeted … Read more

Singapore: MAS withdraws second merchant bank status in AML push

In line with its increased commitment to combat money laundering and terrorist financing in Singapore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has ordered the closure of Falcon Private Bank Ltd, Singapore Branch (Falcon Bank). On 11 October 2016, the MAS stated that it was withdrawing the merchant bank status of Falcon Bank for serious failures … Read more

Latest corruption perception scores in line with firm’s global anti-corruption report

International anti-corruption NGO, Transparency International, released on 27 January its latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), reviewing public sector corruption risk in 168 countries. Our 2015 report highlights the same offending countries and points to similar issues, particularly systemic government corruption, failed electoral mandates and public revolts against alleged grand-scale corruption. The latest CPI scores confirm … Read more

Herbert Smith Freehills Singapore hosts round table discussion on “preserving privilege: practical issues in the context of disputes and investigations”

On Wednesday 13 January 2016, a cross section of our clients based in Singapore joined our Disputes and Corporate Crime & Investigations teams and Bankim Thanki QC, a leading commercial advocate and litigator who has practised extensively in the region and the editor of The Law of Privilege (Oxford), for a roundtable discussion on the … Read more