Daily FSR Update – 17 October 2019

    Due to difficulties with our publishing software, we have been unable to deliver our Daily FSR Update to you on Thursday, 17 October 2019. While we work to resolve this issue, please click here to view the update for 17 October. Read more

    Daily FSR Update, 14-16 October 2019

    Due to difficulties with our publishing software, we have been unable to deliver our Daily FSR Update to you over the last few days. In the interim, we have consolidated the updates for 14 – 15 October 2019, which you can view here, and for 16 October 2019 which you can view here. Read more

    Corporate Crime update – Autumn 2019

    Welcome to the Autumn 2019 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. This bumper edition covers a number of jurisdictions, and includes content from the summer break. Read more

    Hong Kong SFC publishes licensing conditions for virtual asset fund managers

    On 4 October 2019, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published proforma terms and conditions which will apply to virtual asset fund managers that meet specified criteria.This follows the SFC’s statement of 1 November 2018 regarding the regulatory framework for virtual asset fund managers, fund distributors and trading platform operators (see our e-bulletin of 2 November 2018 for further details), in which the SFC indicated (among other things) that it would impose terms and conditions on certain virtual asset fund managers. Read more

    Be on the mark – APAC central banks release study of benchmark reform implications

    On 24 September 2019, the Executives’ Meeting of East Asia-Pacific Central Banks (EMEAP) published its study on the implications of benchmark reform across the East Asia and Pacific region (Study), including the effects of LIBOR discontinuation, the EU Benchmarks Regulation (BMR) and the ongoing reform of local benchmarks.The Study provides important insight into market participants’ varying levels of awareness of and preparedness for benchmark reform, as well as valuable guidance as to future regulatory developments we are likely to see from regulators keen to ensure regional markets are well equipped to handle these reforms. The Study also refers extensively to Herbert Smith Freehills’ market-leading work on the BMR with ASIFMA. Read more