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SFC Proposes Rules and Code for Open-Ended Fund Companies

Recently, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) published a consultation paper on the Securities and Futures (Open-ended Fund Companies) Rules (Rules) and Code on Open-ended Fund Companies (Code) which, if...more

Bond Connect – The Fast and Furious Way to the China Interbank Bond Market

Following announcement of the proposed launch of a bond trading link between China and Hong Kong (Bond Connect) earlier this year, Bond Connect officially launched on July 3, 2017. Bond Connect allows foreign institutional...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2017: Hong Kong’s New Requirements for “Senior Management” of Fund Managers...

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) recently introduced the “Senior Management Accountability Regime” (regime), in an effort to make senior managers (particularly those who are not already designated as...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: Foreign Institutional Investors are Granted Unprecedented Access to...

A new program providing fund managers with access to China’s principal bond market officially opened for business in May 2016. The program – known as the China Interbank Bond Market (CIBM) program – greatly simplifies the...more

United States to Receive $38 billion RFQII Quota for Investments in China

The quota allocation – the first of its kind awarded to the United States – was announced on June 7, 2016 by Yi Gang, Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank. This represents an apparent...more

Launching a Hedge Fund in 2016: An Overview for US Managers

Despite a challenging environment for the hedge fund industry, many institutional investors continue to allocate to hedge funds in a market environment otherwise devoid of promising investment opportunities. While the hedge...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report First Quarter 2016: Fighting Currency Outflows, China Proposes Further Opening its Securities...

Faced with redemptions and currency outflows from the country, Chinese regulators have taken welcome steps to make it easier for fund managers and other institutional investors to invest in China. Fund managers, in...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: Singapore Continues Global Trend in Derivatives Regulation: Reporting...

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) continues to develop and strengthen its regulation of derivatives markets, most recently focusing its attention on the formulation and completion of a comprehensive reporting regime....more

Financial Services Quarterly Report Third Quarter 2015: China’s Policy Response to Market Turbulence: What It Means for Fund...

News of the volatile Chinese stock market has dominated international headlines over the past couple of months, and the spotlight has been on the Chinese authorities’ reaction to these developments. Their wide-reaching policy...more

U.S. Proposes to Subject Non-U.S. SEC Registered Investment Advisers to Anti-Money Laundering Rules

The United States is proposing rules that, for the first time, would subject investment advisers registered or required to be registered (RIAs) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Investment...more

Irish UCITS and AIFs Permitted to Invest via Stock Connect

The Central Bank of Ireland (“CBI”) issued an update to its Q&A documents on 15 July 2015 for both UCITS and AIFMD FAQ (“Q&A”) which clarifies how Irish funds can invest in Chinese shares via the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock...more

Investment Funds Update - Asia: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key jurisdictions in Asia: Asia...

Working Group Issues Consultation Paper - The working group consisting of six participating countries (Singapore, Australia, South Korea, New Zealand, Thailand and the Philippines) in the Asia Region Funds Passport...more

Investment Funds Update - Asia: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key jurisdictions in Asia: South...

Licensing Manual for Financial Investment Services Business - The Financial Supervisory Service (“FSS”) announced a complete revision of the manual for licensing requirements and procedures for financial investment...more

Investment Funds Update - Asia Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key jurisdictions in Asia: Singapore

Regulation of OTC Derivatives and Singapore Regulatory Reforms - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) published a consultation paper on the proposed amendments to the Securities and Futures Act (the “SFA”) which...more

The Through-Train Leaves the Station: Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Connect Launches

Market participants were unsure what to expect when “Stock Connect” launched the morning of Monday, November 17, 2014.1 The program, sometimes called the Shanghai-Hong Kong “through-train”, provides a trading link between the...more

Stock Connect is Open for Business: Funds and Managers Will Soon Be Able to Trade Shanghai-Listed Equities

Regulators in Hong Kong and China recently announced the imminent launch of “Stock Connect” on next Monday, November 17, 2014. Stock Connect gives a wide array of fund managers, private investors, and other market...more

New Route to Trade Shanghai-Listed Securities

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program, expected to launch this fall, will give many European and U.S. funds, managers and individuals their first opportunity to trade Shanghai-listed equities. Stock Connect represents...more

10/10/2014  /  China , Hong Kong , Stocks , UCITS

Hong Kong’s Long-Awaited FATCA Announcement

With deadlines looming, Hong Kong’s government announced on May 9th a much-anticipated agreement with the United States regarding the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Without this intergovernmental agreement...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2013: Widening Distribution Channels for Mutual Funds in China

Prior to 2013, the door to the People’s Republic of China’s domestic mutual fund market was closed to outsiders. Foreign fund managers had only one choice: to team up with local Chinese managers in joint ventures, controlled...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2013: The Long Arm of U.S. OTC Derivatives Reform and Non-U.S. Fund Managers

Dodd-Frank upended the status quo of the global OTC derivatives markets, imposing a host of clearing, margin and other requirements on market participants. But as these reforms began to take effect in the United States in the...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2013: A New Private Funds Regulatory Framework for the PRC

For years, the Chinese private fund industry has operated in regulatory limbo, but a recent series of legislative and regulatory actions should provide greater certainty and help create a more favorable environment for the...more

SEC Division of Investment Management Provides Guidance Regarding the Custody Rule and Privately Offered Securities

The Division of Investment Management (Division) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently posted an IM Guidance Update that expands the applicability of an exception from the Custody Rule (as defined...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2013: FATCA: Next Steps for Asset Managers

The U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released final regulations (“Regulations”) on January 17, 2013 implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”).1...more

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