Regulatory Reform

Bridging the FinTech gap: What dividend should we seek from regulatory cooperation across jurisdictions?

Technology-facilitated innovation in financial services, a diverse collection of topics which coalesces under the portmanteau term of “FinTech”, is increasingly in the sights of policy-makers, whether at global, regional and national or state levels.  Keen observers will have noted a … 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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Singapore’s MAS issues Guide to Digital Token Offerings

On 14 November 2017, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) issued a guide during the first day of the Singapore FinTech Festival to provide general guidance on the application of the securities laws administered by the MAS, namely the Securities … Continue reading

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CHINA TO INCREASE FOCUS ON COMBATTING FINANCIAL CRIME

Last month the Communist Party of China held its 19th National Congress. One of the key themes that came out of the Congress was the desire to increase the focus on combatting financial crime and systemic financial risk. This increased … Continue reading

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UK GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES NEW SANCTIONS AND ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING BILL

On 19 October the UK Government published the text of a proposed new Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill (the “Bill”), which seeks to create a post-Brexit domestic legislative framework for the imposition and enforcement of sanctions. The introduction of the … Continue reading

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HKMA CONTINUES ITS FOCUS ON CORPORATE GOVERNANCE HONG KONG WITH CIRCULAR TO HARMONISE SECTION 72B WITH “MANAGER IN CHARGE” REGIME

On 16 October 2017, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) introduced by way of a circular new measures to heighten management accountability at Registered Institutions (RIs) for conducting or supervising the conduct of businesses that constitute regulated activities (RAs). These … Continue reading

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New regulatory trial grounds for FinTech firms in Hong Kong – Regulators announce additional FinTech sandboxes

Last Friday (29 September 2017), Hong Kong financial regulators announced new initiatives aimed at fintech firms, including several new regulatory sandboxes: The Hong Kong Monetary Authority announced plans to launch Fintech Supervisory Sandbox 2.0, an enhanced sandbox that follows on … Continue reading

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Corporate Crime monthly update – September 2017

Welcome to the September 2017 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 … Continue reading

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Regulators around the world become more vocal regarding the potential risks associated with ICOs

The rapid rise of initial coin offerings (ICOs) this year has prompted heightened scrutiny by regulators globally. On 4 September 2017, seven major regulators governing the finance and technology sectors in China (collectively, the Chinese Regulators), jointly published an announcement … Continue reading

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Conclusions released on the revamp of Hong Kong’s regulatory structure for decision making in listing related matters

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (Stock Exchange) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) have jointly announced their consultation conclusions on proposals to revamp the regulatory structure for making decisions in listing related matters. The June 2016 consultation (summarised in … Continue reading

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