On 6 July 2018, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a Consultation Paper which, among other things, proposes requirements for Financial Institutions (FIs) to conduct and respond to reference checks on representatives (Reference Check Consultation Paper). Submissions on the Reference Check Consultation Paper close on 6 August 2018. Continue reading
MANDATORY REFERENCE CHECKS TO STOP ROLLING BAD APPLES – MAS ISSUES CONSULTATION PAPER ON PROPOSED REQUIREMENTS
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has published its framework to monitor crypto-assets as part of its wider report to the G20 on work by the FSB and standard-setting bodies on crypto-assets. The report is provided at the request of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, and will be discussed at their meeting on 21-22 July 2018. Continue reading
TAX ENFORCERS UNITE AGAINST INTERNATIONAL TAX CRIME: ENABLERS, CRYPTOCURRENCIES AND CYBERCRIME ARE PRIORITIES
Tax authorities in the UK, the USA, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands have joined forces to launch the Joint Chiefs of Global Tax Enforcement, or “J5” alliance against transnational tax crime and money laundering. Continue reading
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 the Securities and Futures Commission for Associated Entities (Guideline for AEs). Comments on the proposals are required to be submitted by 9 August 2018. Continue reading
Welcome to the June 2018 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. For the full update on each jurisdiction, please click on the name of the jurisdiction below. Below we provide a brief overview of what is covered in each update. Please note, our next edition will be published in August.
Herbert Smith Freehills would like to congratulate Senior Associate, Elizabeth Head of our Corporate Crime & Investigations team in London, for being named by Global Investigations Review as one of 100 Women in Investigations for 2018. Continue reading
Almost a year after it was introduced, a key piece of UK domestic Brexit legislation has now been passed. The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (EUWA), which aims to provide a functioning statute book on the day the UK leaves the EU, completed its difficult passage through the UK Parliament and passed into law on 26 June 2018. Please refer to our briefing, “The UK’s new legal order post-Brexit: A new class of UK law” for a summary of the EUWA.
Following the passing of the EUWA, HM Treasury, the Bank of England, FCA and the Payment Services Regulator (PSR) have each published statements on their approaches to their role in preparing for Brexit, a summary of which is set out here.
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 Companies) Rules (OFC Rules) and the Code on Open-ended Fund Companies (OFC Code), which supplement the basic OFC framework to be introduced via amendments to the Securities and Futures Ordinance.
To read our full briefing on the regime, please click here.
William HallattPartner, Head of Financial Services Regulatory, Hong Kong
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Jackie LamAssociate, Hong Kong
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In May, we published an e-bulletin discussing President Trump’s announcement that the United States would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – “JCPOA“), and that all pre-JCPOA nuclear-related sanctions on Iran (including secondary sanctions) would be re-imposed.
The European Union, along with leaders of the other countries party to the JCPOA (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and China) have all reiterated their commitment to the JCPOA. Continue reading
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 to authorise and regulate claims management companies (CMCs).
This Consultation will be of interest to:
- CMC’s operating in England, Scotland and Wales.
- Organisations that are not CMCs but have the potential to be affected by them