Hong Kong

Open Banking catching the eye of global regulators: Developments in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia

The banking industry has undergone rapid change in recent years with the rise of virtual currency, fintech and digital innovation challenging the status quo. One of the key developments emerging in the last couple of years is the concept of … Continue reading

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HONG KONG ENHANCES ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING AND COUNTER-TERRORIST FINANCING REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

From 1 March 2018, a number of Hong Kong businesses and professions will be subject to enhanced customer due diligence and record-keeping obligations in light of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) (Amendment) Ordinance. The amendment introduces changes … Continue reading

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HONG KONG: NEW LICENSING REGIME FOR TRUST AND COMPANY SERVICE PROVIDERS TO COME INTO FORCE ON 1 MARCH 2018

The Companies Registry announced on 25 January 2018 that a new licensing regime for trust and company service providers (TCSPs) will come into force on 1 March 2018 under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance (Cap. 615) (AMLO). A … Continue reading

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Filed under Bribery and Corruption, Hong Kong, Non-UK regulation, Sanctions and Money Laundering, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills

LOCAL REGULATORS WASTE NO TIME DEPLOYING CHINA’S ANTI-UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW

China’s amended Anti-Unfair Corruption Law (AUCL) has been in force only a matter of weeks, yet the body charged with investigating potential AUCL violations, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), has already announced two investigations. China’s Nanjing and … Continue reading

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Hong Kong SFC issues new guidance note and FAQs on regulatory cooperation and its benefits

On 12 December 2017, the Securities and Futures Commission (the SFC) published its Guidance Note on Cooperation with the SFC (the Guidance). The Guidance contains an updated section on disciplinary proceedings and a new section on proceedings in the civil courts … Continue reading

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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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Hong Kong SFC publishes consultation conclusions on asset management regulation and launches further consultation

On 16 November 2017, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong published its consultation conclusions on proposals to enhance asset management regulation and point-of-sale transparency (the Proposals) (please click here for our e-bulletin on the SFC’s consultation). The … Continue reading

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Filed under Asset management, Hong Kong, Non-UK regulation, Regulatory Reform, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills

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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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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JURY UNABLE TO REACH VERDICT IN BRIBERY TRIAL OF FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF HONG KONG

A jury has failed to reach a verdict in relation to a bribery charge against the former Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. On Friday 3 November, after 14 hours of deliberation, the jury advised the court that … Continue reading

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