Hong Kong Monetary Authority announces LIBOR transition milestones and provides guidance on prudential issues

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has issued a circular to announce the key milestones that authorised institutions (AIs) should endeavour to achieve in the transition from LIBOR to alternative reference rates (ARRs).

This follows a statement by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) on 1 July 2020 in which it maintained its long-held view that “firms across all jurisdictions should continue their efforts in making wider use of risk-free rates in order to reduce reliance on IBORs where appropriate and in particular to remove remaining dependencies on LIBOR by the end of 2021”, notwithstanding the Covid-19 outbreak.

As advised by the HKMA, AIs should implement a detailed work plan (by product and by business line) to achieve the milestones. If they anticipate difficulties in achieving the milestones, they should reach out to the HKMA as soon as possible.

This e-bulletin provides an overview of the milestones, as well as recent developments in Hong Kong and internationally. Among other things, the HKMA issued a circular on 23 July 2020 to provide guidance to AIs on the frequently asked questions published by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) on prudential issues relating to the benchmark reform. Continue reading

Sustainable finance in Hong Kong: HKMA shares initial thinking on supervisory approach and range of practices by banks

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has recently published its White Paper on Green and Sustainable Banking, as well as a circular to share a range of practices adopted by major authorised institutions (AIs) for managing climate risks (7 July Circular). These form part of a series of initiatives by the HKMA that are intended to help shape a greener and more climate-resilient banking system. Continue reading

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 the heels of its Fintech Supervisory Sandbox launched a year ago (further details of which are set out in our e-bulletin here);
  • The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced the launch of a Fintech Regulatory Sandbox and issued further clarification on the meaning of “relevant experience” for responsible officers at fintech firms (see the SFC’s press release here); and
  • The Insurance Authority announced two pilot initiatives – the Insurtech Sandbox and Fast Track.

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