Announcements

Hong Kong SFC announces investor ID regime for Northbound trading under Stock Connect

On 30 November 2017, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced that it had reached an agreement with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) on proposals to introduce an investor identification (investor ID) regime for Northbound trading under the Mainland-Hong … Continue reading

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The EU publishes a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

On 5 December 2017, the EU published its list of 17 non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. The list forms part of the EU’s work to clamp down on tax evasion and avoidance, presenting a united front to dealing with non-EU … Continue reading

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DOJ ENHANCES AND MAKES PERMANENT FCPA SELF-DISCLOSURE PILOT PROGRAM

On November 29, 2017, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that the Pilot Program it launched in 2016 to encourage companies to self-report potential violations of the federal anti-bribery Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) would be made permanent, subject … Continue reading

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CHINA’S AMENDED ANTI-UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW – WHAT THE BRIBERY PROVISIONS MEAN FOR COMPANIES DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA

China’s amended Anti-Unfair Competition Law (amended AUCL) comes into force on 1 January 2018. Much has been written about the various iterative drafts released over the 18-month consultation period. But the final amended AUCL omits some of the more radical … Continue reading

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NEW SANCTIONS TARGETING VENEZUELA AND MALI

On 13 November 2017, the EU Council unanimously voted to impose a wide range of targeted sanctions on Venezuela in response to the growing political crisis in the country. Notably, the new EU sanctions go further than current US measures … Continue reading

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Singapore’s MAS issues Guide to Digital Token Offerings

On 14 November 2017, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a guide during the first day of the Singapore FinTech Festival to provide general guidance on the application of the securities laws administered by the MAS, namely the Securities … Continue reading

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GHOSH DISHONESTY DISAPPROVED: DISHONESTY NOW TO BE ASSESSED SOLELY AGAINST THE STANDARDS OF ORDINARY REASONABLE AND HONEST PEOPLE

The Supreme Court has held that the correct test for dishonesty is whether or not the defendant’s conduct is dishonest by the objective standards of ordinary reasonable and honest people: Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) Ltd t/a Crockfords [2017] UKSC … Continue reading

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Hong Kong corporate crime team publishes article addressing the thorny issue of privilege in Asia investigations

Given the variety of civil law and common law systems across Asia, and the fact that corporate investigations in the region almost always involve multi-jurisdictional elements, protecting privilege is a complex topic. With the differing approaches to privilege adopted both … Continue reading

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CHINA TO INCREASE FOCUS ON COMBATTING FINANCIAL CRIME

Last month the Communist Party of China held its 19th National Congress. One of the key themes that came out of the Congress was the desire to increase the focus on combatting financial crime and systemic financial risk. This increased … Continue reading

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Hong Kong regulators warn of common instances of non-compliance in asset management

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has recently conducted around 250 inspections of licensed corporations engaged in asset management business, and has identified a number of common instances of regulatory non-compliance among them, which it has set out … Continue reading

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