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Hong Kong Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge Against Section 181 Of The Securities And Futures Ordinance
The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) prevailed in a judicial review application filed against the regulator in AA & EA v. The Securities And Futures Commission [2019] HKCFI 246 (the "Decision").
Hong Kong
26 Mar 2019
Is Your Philippine Operation Fully Customs Compliant?
Post clearance audit function in the Philippines is finally back with the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
14 Feb 2019
Hong Kong's First Bill On Register Of Significant Controllers
The Companies (Amendment) Bill 2017 ("Bill") which requires Hong Kong companies to keep and maintain a register of significant controllers ("SC Register") was gazetted on 23 June 2017.
Hong Kong
14 Jul 2017
MMT's First Ruling On Hong Kong's Inside Information Disclosure Regime - A New Frontier?
In November 2016, the Market Misconduct Tribunal (MMT) found that AcrossAsia Limited (AAL)...
Hong Kong
25 Jan 2017
A New Start Of Non-Government Organisations In China
This has all changed with the introduction of new regulations, issued in 2016, establishing a new legal environment pursuant to which ONGOs will be subject to going forward.
Hong Kong
17 Jan 2017
Zero Tolerance Towards AML Non-Compliance: The Withdrawal Of BSI Bank's License In Singapore
A recent move by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has illustrated that the costs of non-compliance with anti-money laundering (AML) requirements can be as severe as the revocation of a banking license. This serves as a stark reminder to global financial institutions of their AML responsibilities.
6 Jun 2016
Consultation Commences On Draft Code Of Practice For Employment Agencies
Hong Kong's Labour Department has commenced a public consultation on the draft Code of Practice (Code) for Employment Agencies.
Hong Kong
21 Apr 2016
PRC Laws No Excuse For Non-compliance With SFC Requests
On 23 May 2014, the Court of First Instance ordered Hong Kong accounting firm Ernst & Young (EY) to produce documents relating to a PRC company, Standard Water Limited (the "Company"), to the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).
9 Jun 2014
Implementation Of HKFRS 10/IFRS 10 Results In New Compliance Implications
Hong Kong Financial Reporting Standard (HKFRS) 10/International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 10, entitled "Consolidated Financial Statements", became effective for annual periods commencing on or after 1 January 2013.
Hong Kong
26 Mar 2013
Changes To European Prospectus Rules Offer Relief To Asia-Based Issuers
Recent amendments to the European prospectus rules may make the operation of certain employee stock plans in Europe cheaper and more straightforward.
Hong Kong
6 Nov 2012
Environmental, Social And Governance Reporting Guide To Be Implemented After 31 December 2012
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited published its "Consultation Conclusions on Environmental, Social and Governance Reporting Guide" on 31 August 2012.
Hong Kong
19 Sep 2012
CSRC’s Fresh Efforts To Make Life Easier For A QFII
The China Securities Regulatory Commission issued the Rules on Issues Concerning Implementation of the Measures for Administration of Domestic Securities Investment.
5 Sep 2012
SAIC-Proposed Debt/Equity Swap Registration Measures - A New Way For Foreign Creditors To Acquire Equities In PRC Companies
On 18 August 2011, the PRC State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) released a draft (for public consultation) of the Administrative Measures on Registration of Debt for Equity Swaps (the Draft Measures).
26 Aug 2011
Government's Refinement Of Proposed Insurance Regulatory Regime
The Financial Services and Treasury Bureau published the "Proposed Establishment of an Independent Insurance Authority Consultation Conclusions and Detailed Proposals" ("Consultation Conclusions") and the relevant "Frequently Asked Questions" ("FAQs") on 24 June 2011.
Hong Kong
4 Jul 2011
The Emergence Of Stapled Securities And Business Trusts In Hong Kong
On 2 June 2011, PCCW Limited (stock code 8) announced that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has confirmed it may proceed, subject to certain conditions, with a proposed spin-off which is expected to involve stapled securities.
Hong Kong
10 Jun 2011
HKEx Listing Decision on Share Option Exercise Price
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) published its listing decision "HKEx-LD9-2011" on 29 April 2011 to determine whether The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK) should waive the requirement on the exercise price of share options for a share option scheme of a PRC listed issuer (Listco B) in relation to issue of new A shares.
Hong Kong
10 May 2011
Consultation Conclusions On The Evidential Requirements Under The Securities And Futures (Professional Investor) Rules
Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published its "Consultation Conclusions on the Evidential Requirements under the Securities and Futures (Professional Investor) Rules" (PI Consultation Conclusions) on 23 February 2011 in response to its corresponding consultation paper published on 4 October 2010.
Hong Kong
9 May 2011
Decree Clarifying Standards For Independent Auditors
On 22 February 2011 the Vietnamese Government issued Decree No. 16/2011/ND-CP (Decree 16) amending and supplementing Decree 105/2004/ND-CP on Independent Auditing, dated 30 March 2004 (Decree 105).
5 May 2011
The Securities and Futures Ordinance - Guidelines for Dealing with an On-site Investigation Conducted by the SFC at a Company's Premises
The Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) (SFO) empowers the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to enter business premises of corporates and residential premises of employees (or any subjects of an investigation) to search for documents and information relevant to an investigation, copy or confiscate relevant materials, and conduct questioning of individuals (which may be conducted on the spot or by serving a formal notice on such individuals setting out the date and place of the inte
Hong Kong
14 Feb 2011
New Measures to Facilitate Foreign Investment in Funds and Fund Managers Registered in Shanghai
After a long wait since foreign investment in partnerships formed under PRC law was first permitted on 1 March 2010, the authorities in Shanghai jointly published Implementing Measures for a Pilot Program in respect of Foreign Invested Private Equity Investment Enterprises (the "Measures") on 11 January 2011.
17 Jan 2011
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