Hong Kong

From offline to online: upholding investor protection in sale of complex products

As investment services go digital, Hong Kong regulators have found it necessary to issue tailored guidance to protect investors. From 6 April and 23 August 2019 respectively, new guidelines from the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the Hong Kong … Continue reading

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Filed under Announcements, Hong Kong, Investment banking, Investment Funds, Non-UK regulation, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills

Revamped SFC Code on Unit Trusts and Mutual Funds targeted for implementation on 1 January 2019 with transitional period

On 6 December 2018, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published the conclusions to its consultation on proposed amendments to the Code on Unit Trusts and Mutual Funds (UT Code). The proposed amendments are aimed at updating the regulatory regime … Continue reading

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Corporate Crime autumn update 2018

Welcome to the autumn 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. For the full update on each jurisdiction, please … Continue reading

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Hong Kong SFC commences thematic review of risk governance and oversight frameworks, including assessment of risk management MICs

Last Friday, the SFC announced (via a circular) that it had commenced a thematic review of selected licensed corporations (LCs) to assess their risk governance and oversight frameworks as well as risk management practices.

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Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal clarifies “innocent purpose” defence to insider dealing

The Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal (CFA) has recently allowed the Securities and Futures Commission’s (SFC) appeal against the Market Misconduct Tribunal’s (MMT) findings that two former executives of a listed company (ATML), Mr Charles Yiu Hoi Ying and … Continue reading

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Casting the regulatory net over virtual assets – new regulation in Hong Kong for crypto fund managers, fund distributors and trading platforms

Yesterday, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published a statement (Statement), together with a press release, setting out its new regulatory framework for virtual assets (also known as cryptocurrencies, crypto-assets and digital tokens). 

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Navigating data privacy laws in multi-jurisdictional investigations

Our investigations team has published an article for Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence looking at the impact of data privacy laws on investigations in Asia. This also summarises the potential impact of Europe’s GDPR and what else is on the horizon … Continue reading

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FATCA Update: First-ever conviction signals increased enforcement risk

The former CEO of Saint Vincent-based Loyal Bank pleaded guilty and was convicted on 11 September of conspiring to defraud the US by failing to comply with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). This is the first conviction obtained … Continue reading

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SFC issues further reminder regarding paragraph 12.5 self-reporting obligation

The SFC has issued a circular to remind intermediaries to comply with the self-reporting obligation under paragraph 12.5 of the Code of Conduct for Persons Licensed by or Registered with the Securities and Futures Commission. Licensed corporations and registered institutions … Continue reading

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SFC publishes AML/CFT inspection findings and urges intermediaries to ensure compliance

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular on 31 August 2018 highlighting both deficiencies and good practices observed in relation to anti-money laundering and counter financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance by licensed corporations (LCs) and associated entities (AEs). … Continue reading

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