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Hong Kong court appoints receivers to preserve assets in aid of arbitral proceedings in China

by Hogan Lovells on

The Hong Kong High Court has appointed receivers over shares in a Hong Kong company as an interim measure to preserve the status quo and the value of the shares, pending the outcome of CIETAC arbitration proceedings in...more

Cold calls in hot water: Hong Kong consultation paper on P2P telemarketing

by Hogan Lovells on

Businesses may often use peer-to-peer ("P2P") telemarketing calls involving interpersonal communication to promote goods and services directly to customers. While such calls may be effective in some cases, they appear to be...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - July 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

New International Rules of Chinese Arbitration Association Streamline Processes

by Jones Day on

The Chinese Arbitration Association ("CAA") adopted the Chinese Arbitration Association International Arbitration Rules 2017 ("CAAI Rules") on July 1, 2017. The Rules—which can apply only to arbitrations seated outside of...more

Reducing barriers to new entrants to the banking sector

by Dentons on

The Government announced in the 2017-18 Budget that it will act to reduce regulatory barriers to entry for new and innovative entrants to the banking system....more

Hong Kong Enacts Apology Legislation

On 13 July 2017 the Hong Kong Legislative Council passed the Apology Ordinance. This decrees that an out-of-court expression of a person’s regret, sympathy or benevolence, including a statement that he is sorry about a...more

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

by Dechert LLP on

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

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Recently installed Chairman Jay Clayton delivered his first remarks this week, outlining his views for moving forward. The Chairman emphasized IPOs, market structure, assessing the impact and cost of regulations and cyber...more

SEHK Invites Market Feedback on Establishment of New Listing Board

On June 16, 2017, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (SEHK) published a concept paper setting forth proposals for the establishment of a new listing board (the "New Board"), with a view to attracting "New Economy"...more

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

The Commencement of the Long-Awaited China-Hong Kong Bond Connect

by K&L Gates LLP on

At present, the China bond market is the third largest in the world after the USA and Japan. In order to further promote the China bond market, the People’s Bank of China (“PBC”) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”)...more

HKEx Launches New Board Proposals

by Hogan Lovells on

The much anticipated consultation of a new board (the "New Board") has been announced and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the "HKEx") is inviting public feedback on these two separate but related consultations: -...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) June 2017

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest Asia Pacific Edition of the Intellectual Property and Technology News, our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: Hong Kong Consultation on Guidelines on Online Distribution and...

by Dechert LLP on

The use of online platforms for distribution of financial products has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong. In May 2017, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a Consultation Paper inviting comments...more

Hong Kong Permits Third Party Funding of Arbitration

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Hong Kong approved last week the awaited Arbitration and Mediation Legislation (Third Party Funding) (Amendment) Bill 2016 to permit third party funding of arbitration, as well as supporting court, emergency arbitration and...more

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

Taiwan: Cross-border opportunities amid global change: Current Asia-Pacific financing trends: Key issues and opportunities - A...

by White & Case LLP on

Significant economic factors and various government policies have been driving financing opportunities, financing structures and the types of deals that have recently closed and are currently being conducted throughout the...more

Arbitration and Mediation in Hong Kong: Financial Assistance on the Way

Hong Kong has traditionally been reluctant to allow claimants’ legal costs to be paid by third parties who have no direct legitimate interest in the outcome of the dispute. By virtue of legislation passed earlier this...more

Updates to Hong Kong Arbitration Ordinance: third party funding and IP rights

by Hogan Lovells on

Yesterday, on 14 June 2017, two sets of amendments to Hong Kong’s arbitration law were passed to clarify that: - third party funding of arbitration, mediation and related proceedings is permitted under Hong Kong law,...more

IoT Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trends in Asia: Be Ready

by Hogan Lovells on

In this hoganlovells.com interview, Hong Kong-based Hogan Lovells partner Mark Parsons talks about the regulatory environment in Asia as it relates to cybersecurity, data privacy, and the Internet of Things (IoT)....more

Changes in insurance regulation: China / Hong Kong / Singapore / Indonesia / Vietnam

by Hogan Lovells on

Please find our Asia insurance regulatory tracker for the first quarter of 2017. It includes updates on the new independent insurance regulator for Hong Kong (which will assume its functions on 26 June), new rules on...more

Taking Evidence Between Hong Kong and the PRC Just Got Easier

by Kobre & Kim on

A mutual arrangement between Hong Kong and China to take evidence in civil and commercial cases that took effect earlier this year makes it easier for litigants in those jurisdictions to obtain evidence in the other...more

Insurers to benefit from mutual solvency recognition between Mainland China and Hong Kong

by Hogan Lovells on

On 16 May 2017 the CIRC and the Hong Kong Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (“OCI“) entered into a framework agreement aimed at mutual recognition of solvency regimes between Mainland China and Hong Kong....more

A questioning mind standards for negligence and recklessness in Greencool

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The Market Misconduct Tribunal (MMT) recently disagreed with the Securities and Futures Commission, holding that an executive director and a number of non-executive directors did not commit the market misconduct of...more

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