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 review of licensed corporations’ (LC) management structure and effectiveness. Continue reading

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 general performing on par with industry benchmarks, the HKMA wishes to draw AIs’ attention to various issues and good practices identified during the review, which it has set out in the annex to the circular.

The HKMA will collect information from all AIs in the third quarter of 2018 on individual action plans and consider conducting further reviews. Continue reading

HONG KONG SFC CONTINUES TO IDENTIFY DEFICIENCIES IN SPONSOR WORK IN SECOND THEMATIC REVIEW

On 26 March 2018, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published a circular and a report following its second thematic review of sponsors. As with its first thematic review, the SFC found deficiencies in standards of conduct, due diligence practices, and internal systems and controls. Particularly serious deficiencies and instances of non-compliance were found to be prevalent in the sponsor work done for Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) listings. Continue reading

Hong Kong SFC closes consultation on proposed guidelines to reduce and mitigate hacking risks related to internet trading

On 7 July 2017, the consultation by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) on proposals to reduce and mitigate hacking risks associated with internet trading closed. The consultation follows on from the SFC’s thematic review of the resilience to hacking risks of brokers engaged in internet trading (internet brokers) in late 2016.  The SFC aims to publish its consultation conclusions by September or October 2017.  Internet brokers will then be allowed 6 months to implement the new requirements.

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