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HONG KONG’S ANTI-GRAFT COMMISSIONER WARNS OF CORRUPTION ON BELT AND ROAD

The head of Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has warned local investors to beware of rampant corruption in some Belt and Road countries. ICAC commissioner Simon Peh Yun-Lu pledged the support of the agency, one of the world’s … Continue reading

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MANDATORY REFERENCE CHECKS TO STOP ROLLING BAD APPLES – MAS ISSUES CONSULTATION PAPER ON PROPOSED REQUIREMENTS

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 … Continue reading

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Corporate Crime update – June 2018

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 … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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