Asia

CHINA’S NEW LIBERALISATION POLICIES FOR THE FINANCIAL SECTOR

China is advancing its policies to open up its markets and attract more foreign investment. This year, the financial sector is one of the focus areas for liberalisation. On 11 April 2018, Yi Gang, the governor of People’s Bank of … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, China, Regulatory Reform, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills

AML/CFT COMPLIANCE A KEY FOCUS OF RECENT SUPERVISORY INSPECTIONS BY THE HONG KONG INSURANCE AUTHORITY

Late last week, the Hong Kong Insurance Authority (IA) published a circular setting out its key findings from anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) onsite inspections of authorised insurers carrying on long term business. 

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Filed under Announcements, Asia, Bribery and Corruption, Corporate Crime, Hong Kong, Sanctions and Money Laundering, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Bribery and Corruption, Corporate Crime, Hong Kong, Investigations, Sanctions and Money Laundering, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills

REGULATION IN THE AGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES

Blockchain technology is ushering in a new epoch of monetary oversight, creating opportunities and challenges for regulators in a world disrupted by the advent of cryptocurrencies As of 3 May 2018, according to CoinMarketCap, the current market capitalisation of Bitcoin … Continue reading

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HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ISSUES IMPORTANT MONEY LAUNDERING AND TERRORIST FINANCING RISK ASSESSMENT

The government has this week published a comprehensive report detailing Hong Kong’s Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (ML/TF) Risk Assessment. This is the product of a year’s consultation, data analysis and stakeholder engagement by the government.

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Corporate Crime update – April 2018

Welcome to the April 2018 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters. Our update now covers a number of jurisdictions. Below we provide a brief overview of … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Bribery and Corruption, Corporate Crime, Europe, Investigations, Sanctions and Money Laundering, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills

LIGHTER TOUCH, OR MORE OF THE SAME? MAS ISSUES CONSULTATION PAPER ON PROPOSED GUIDELINES ON INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONDUCT

On 26 April 2018, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a Consultation Paper on its proposed, and much-anticipated, senior manager accountability regime in the form of ‘Guidelines on Individual Accountability and Conduct’ (Guidelines). The Consultation Paper comes soon after … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills, Singapore

NEW BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP REGIME IN INDONESIA POSES COMPLIANCE RISKS FOR CORPORATES

Effective from 5 March 2018, all corporations in Indonesia are required to disclose at least one person as their beneficial owner upon registering for business, pursuant to the Presidential Regulation (Perpres 13/2018) signed by President Joko Widodo on 1 March … Continue reading

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Filed under Asia, Bribery and Corruption, Sanctions and Money Laundering, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills

MALAYSIA INTRODUCES NEW LAW TO COMBAT CORPORATE BRIBERY

The Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) Act 2018 was passed by the Senate of Malaysia on 5 April 2018. One of the major amendments is the introduction of section 17A. Modelled on the UK Bribery Act’s corporate offence, it penalises commercial organisations … Continue reading

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