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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 ISSUES DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS FOR DISCRETIONARY ACCOUNTS

On 23 May 2018, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published its consultation conclusions on disclosure requirements for discretionary accounts (Consultation Conclusions). They consist of amendments to the Code of Conduct for Persons Licensed by or Registered with the Securities … Continue reading

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STANDARDISED RULES FOR PRESCRIBING PROFESSIONAL INVESTORS TARGETED FOR IMPLEMENTATION IN HONG KONG ON 13 JULY 2018

Last Friday, the SFC published the conclusions to its consultation on amendments to the Securities and Futures (Professional Investor) Rules (PI Rules), to standardise the rules for prescribing individual and corporate professional investors (PIs).

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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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HONG KONG INSURANCE AUTHORITY PUBLISHES DRAFT ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT GUIDELINE FOR CONSULTATION

The Hong Kong Insurance Authority (IA) has launched a consultation on a draft Guideline on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), as part of the qualitative (ie, Pillar 2) requirements under the proposed risk-based capital (RBC) regime.

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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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A NEW GLOBAL TOOLKIT FOR FIGHTING MISCONDUCT RISK: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR FIRMS AND REGULATORS?

On 20 April 2018, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) released its long awaited toolkit (Toolkit) for firms and regulators’ use in fighting misconduct risk. The Toolkit forms part of the FSB’s workplan to mitigate misconduct risk, and builds on existing … Continue reading

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HKMA CONDUCTS THEMATIC REVIEW OF AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS’ SANCTIONS SCREENING SYSTEMS AND PLANS REVIEW OF SVF LICENSEES

Late last week, the HKMA published a circular to provide feedback to authorised institutions (AIs) on its thematic review of their sanctions screening systems, which took place in the past few months. While the review indicated that the screening systems examined were in … Continue reading

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