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SFC (the “Commission”) Expresses Concern over Irregularities in Asset Management Activities

•The Commission has identified a number of regulatory concerns with respect to private funds and discretionary accounts, in particular, funds with concentrated, illiquid and interconnected investments. •The Commission has...more

Reminder that the List of Securities Subject to Hong Kong Short Position Reporting will be Expanded with Effect from 15 March 2017

Market participants are currently only required to report short positions in 138 SEHK-listed securities (in accordance with the list of specified shares published by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) on 10 February...more

SFC Publishes Circulars and Updates FAQs on the Triggering of, and Compliance with, Suitability Obligations

Key Points - - Clarification and new guidance relating to suitability obligations under the Code of Conduct. - Outlines the regulatory obligations of licensed or registered persons....more

SFC Introduces Measures for Enhancing the Accountability of Senior Management

Key Points - - New Managers-In-Charge regime - Outlines the regulatory obligations and potential liabilities of the senior management of licensed corporations who do not conduct regulated activities -...more

SFC Circular to Managers of SFC Authorised Funds Addressing Liquidity Risk Management

Key Points - - All managers of SFC authorised funds (including overseas managers of SFC authorised funds) are required to enhance internal liquidity risk management processes and procedures in order to implement...more

SFC’s Concerns Over Licensees’ Anti-Money Laundering Internal Controls

Key Points - - The SFC Enforcement Division is investigating several SFC-licensed brokerages for suspected inadequate AML internal controls. - Reminder of SFC areas of concern. - SFC licensees...more

Expanded Licensing Regime for Asset Managers Managing OTC Derivatives Transactions

Key Points - - Amended Hong Kong Securities and Futures Ordinance expands existing type 9 Regulated Activity (Asset Management) to cover management of OTC derivative products. - A Type 9 licenseholder managing...more

New Requirements to Hong Kong Professional Investor Regime to Become Effective on 25 March 2016

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) issued a consultation paper titled “Consultation Paper on the Proposed Amendments to the Professional Investor Regime and the Client Agreement Requirements” on 15...more

The Introduction of an Open-Ended Fund Company Regime in Hong Kong

Under the current legal and regulatory regime relating to the establishment of investment funds in Hong Kong, an open-ended investment fund in Hong Kong can only take the form of a unit trust. This is mainly due to the...more

SFC Introduces Revamped Process to Expedite Fund Applications and Authorizations

In order to streamline and reduce the processing time of fund authorization processes, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) announced the launch of new initiatives to enhance the authorization process for new...more

The CSRC and the SFC Announces Launch of the Mainland-Hong Kong Mutual Recognition of Funds Scheme

Introduction - On May 22, 2015, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”) issued a joint announcement on the decision to implement the Mainland-Hong...more

Consultation Draft Rules Issued by the China Securities Regulatory Commission Regarding Foreign Investment in Futures Contracts

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has issued draft rules for consultation purposes relating to the proposed investment by foreign investors and dealing by foreign brokerages in futures contracts in the...more

Conclusion of Consultation Paper on Proposed Amendments to Hong Kong Professional Investor Regime

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a consultation paper titled “Consultation Paper on the Proposed Amendments to the Professional Investor Regime and the Client Agreement Requirements on 15 May 2013”...more

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