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Breakthrough? – Proposed New Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange May Allow Listing of Companies with Disproportionate Voting...

In June 2017, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and its subsidiary The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEx”) launched a consultation to seek public feedback on a set of proposals contained in two separate...more

Listing Reform in Hong Kong – Proposed Changes to the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) and Main Board Listing Rules – Part 2

In June 2017, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited and its subsidiary The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEx”) launched a consultation to seek public feedback on a set of proposals contained in two separate...more

Hong Kong Securities Laws Violations: SFC’s Case Against Moody’s – Part 3

On June 8, 2017, the Hong Kong "Court" of Appeal handed down a "Judgment" dismissing an appeal brought by Moody’s challenging a determination (Determination) by the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal (“Tribunal”). This...more

Listing Reform in Hong Kong

In June 2016, the Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEx”) issued a joint consultation paper (the “Consultation Paper”) in which they proposed to change the...more

Hong Kong Securities Laws Violations: The SFC’s Extra-Territorial Reach – Part 3 (the Court of Appeal in Hong Kong dismissed an...

In August 2016, Hong Kong’s Market Misconduct Tribunal (the “MMT”) found a U.S.-based commentator (Andrew Edward Left) culpable of market misconduct in connection with his research report (“Left’s report”) on the Hong Kong...more

Important Hong Kong Decision Broadens Scope of Disclosure for SFC in Disqualification Proceedings

In December 2016, the High Court of Hong Kong ordered the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) to disclose all relevant materials obtained in its investigations to respondents in disqualification proceedings. The Court...more

Hong Kong Securities Laws Violations: The SFC’s Extra-Territorial Reach – Part 2 (U.S. short-seller found culpable of market...

Hong Kong’s Market Misconduct Tribunal (the "MMT") has found U.S.-based Andrew Edward Left culpable of market misconduct in connection with his research report (“Left’s report”), published on June 21, 2012 on a U.S.-based...more

Fintech in Hong Kong: Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way, or Hong Kong’s Measures To Become the Fintech Capital of Asia

Hong Kong is putting substantial focus on financial technology, or fintech, to compete with Singapore and Tokyo as the fintech capital of Asia. In April 2015, the Hong Kong Government (the “Government”) established the...more

China-Hong Kong Connect - Part 6: Approval of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Train

In November 2014, the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (the“Shanghai-Hong Kong Train”), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between Mainland China and Hong Kong, was officially launched. The new...more

Listing Indian Companies on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

India is now included as an “acceptable jurisdiction” by The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “HKEx”). The HKEx also published a new “Country Guide – India” (the “India Guide”) relating to India-incorporated issuers....more

Hong Kong Securities Laws Violations: SFC’s Case Against Moody’s – Part 2

On March 31, 2016, the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal (“SFAT”) upheld the disciplinary action of the SFC against Moody’s. This landmark decision is the first of its kind, as a disciplinary action brought by the...more

Hong Kong Market Misconduct: SFC Extends Enforcement Power to Insider Dealing in Overseas Listed Securities – Part 2

Section 300 of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (the “SFO”) prohibits the use of fraudulent or deceptive schemes or engagement in any practice which is fraudulent or deceptive “in a transaction involving securities,...more

China-Hong Kong Connect: An Interconnected World

In November 2014, the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (the ‘‘Shanghai Train’’), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between mainland China and Hong Kong, was officially launched. The new cross-border...more

Hong Kong Market Misconduct: The SFC’s Extra-Territorial Reach

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (the “SFC”) recently initiated proceedings for alleged market misconduct against U.S.-based Andrew Edward Left in connection with his research report (“Left’s report”)...more

China-Hong Kong Connect – Part Five: An Interconnected World

In November 2014, the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (the “Shanghai Train”), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between mainland China? and Hong Kong, was officially launched. The new cross-border...more

China-Hong Kong Connect – Part Four: The Shenzhen Train Delay

In November 2014, the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (the “Shanghai Train”), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between mainland China and Hong Kong, was officially launched. The new cross-border...more

Can an Enforcement Standard be Discerned from the SFC’s Case Against Moody’s?

The hearings have recently concluded in Moody’s appeal of the November 24, 2014 decision of Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) to fine Moody’s HK$23 million for its release of a report applying a “red...more

Weighted Voting Rights in Hong Kong: Hopes Dashed (For Now) - Part 3

In Part 1 of this eUpdate series, we discussed the reasons why Hong Kong regulators did not approve of share structures with disproportionate voting rights, also known as the “weighted voting rights” (“WVR”) structures in...more

Recent Developments in China Bond Markets

Tapping the Euromarkets - A number of Chinese issuers have issued bonds in the European debt markets recently. To date in 2015, more than ten Chinese companies have issued in excess of €9 billion of Euro-denominated...more

Full Steam Ahead for the Through-Train – Part Two: The Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (“Shanghai Train”), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between Mainland China and Hong Kong, was announced in April 2014 by Premier Li Keqiang at the Boao Forum...more

Weighted Voting Rights In Hong Kong: Hopes Raised High But... – Part 2

In Part 1 of this eUpdate series, we discussed the reasons why Hong Kong regulators did not approve of share structures with disproportionate voting rights, also known as the “weighted voting rights structures” in Hong Kong...more

Kaisa and Others Hope for a Miracle but Learn that Magic Does Not Exist

Kaisa Developments - The recent financial crisis of Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd. (“Kaisa”), a large-scale Chinese property developer listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“SEHK”), continues to be in the headlines. The...more

Full Steam Ahead for the Through-Train – The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect, Part One

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect (the “Stock Connect”), a pilot program for establishing mutual stock market access between Mainland China and Hong Kong, was announced in April 2014 by Premier Li Keqiang at the Boao Forum...more

Half-Pie or No Pie? News for Kaisa’s Offshore Creditors

Kaisa Crisis - The recent financial crisis of Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd. (“Kaisa”), a large-scale Chinese property developer listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (“SEHK”), has been in the headlines for several months....more

Bitcoin – The Ever “Curiouser and Curiouser” Bitcoin Wonderland – Part Eleven

“Virtual currencies” in general, and bitcoin in particular, continue to attract media attention as well as intense public and regulatory scrutiny. In the United States, the recent establishment of the Digital Currency...more

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