Regulatory Reform

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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FinCEN Issues Advisory Regarding Detection of Illicit Transactions Related to Iran

On October 11, 2018, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued official guidance entitled “Advisory on the Iranian Regime’s Illicit and Malign Activities and Attempts to Exploit the Financial System” (the “Advisory”). The Advisory intends to help US financial institutions … 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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PRIVILEGE NO DEFENCE TO NOTICE REQUIRING PRODUCTION OF CLIENT’S PRIVILEGED DOCUMENTS TO REGULATOR

The High Court has held that an audit client could not withhold documents on grounds of privilege when responding to a notice requiring the production of documents in connection with an investigation into the auditor’s conduct: The Financial Reporting Council Ltd … Continue reading

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Stock Connect Northbound Investor ID Model set to launch on 17 September 2018

Late last month, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced that agreement had been reached with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) to implement the investor identification model for Stock Connect Northbound trading (NB Investor ID Model) on 17 September … Continue reading

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Corporate Crime summer update 2018

Welcome to the summer 2018 edition of our corporate crime update – our round up of developments in relation to corruption, money laundering, fraud, sanctions and related matters over July and August. 

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Filed under Announcements, Australia, Bribery and Corruption, Corporate Crime, EU, Hong Kong, India, Investigations, Korea, Middle East, Regulatory Reform, Sanctions and Money Laundering, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills, Singapore, Thailand, US, Vietnam

The Rise of the Crypto Hedge Fund: Opportunities and Challenges

The extraordinary returns generated by cryptocurrencies have led to a frenzy of investment activity and interest from investors. Several new crypto hedge funds have emerged, and cryptocurrency is fast establishing itself as a mainstream asset class. However, numerous operational and … Continue reading

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Do we need a new duty of care in financial services?

On 17 July 2018, the FCA published a paper on its Approach to Consumers (the Approach), accompanied by a discussion paper DP18/5 (the DP) on the possible introduction of a new duty of care and other alternative approaches (a New Duty). The … Continue reading

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Filed under Announcements, FCA, Regulatory Reform, Sector Updates by Herbert Smith Freehills, UK, UK Government

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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HKMA publishes open API framework for Hong Kong banking sector and launches own open API

On 18 July 2018, the HKMA announced that it had concluded a consultation on its intended approach to open application programming interface (API) for the Hong Kong banking sector, and had published its final framework and implementation plan. The open … Continue reading

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