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Tax Newsletter - January / February 2016 (China & Hong Kong)

Welcome to the latest issue of our Tax newsletter. In this issue, we have covered a number of developments and cases in the PRC and Hong Kong which could impose legal and tax implications to your business. In the PRC,...more

China's Nationwide VAT Reform - Implementation Rules Issued

In this issue, we have covered a number of developments and cases in the PRC and Hong Kong which could impose legal and tax implications to your business. In the PRC, there has been an important development in the past...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed at trial in a market manipulation case. The trial followed a series of settlements and a grant of summary judgment in the Commission’s favor as to one defendant. The remaining defendant, a former NFL...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

Be Alert Asia Pacific: Employment Law Newsletter - The dangers of inflexible disciplinary procedures

A recent Hong Kong appeal decision of the Court of First Instance concerned the application of disciplinary procedures to an employee whose performance had already been reviewed under a performance improvement plan (PIP)....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was a key focus this week. The DOJ announced a new one year Pilot Program which holds the promise of a significant reduction in penalties if the firm self-reports and takes a series of steps....more

Dealing with Email Fraud? These Simple Steps Can Recover Assets in an Emergency

According to the FBI, there has recently been a significant spike in email fraud, costing businesses billions in the last two years – with a significant portion of these funds landing in Hong Kong bank accounts. If your...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed on a summary judgment motion this week in a case based on an offering fraud. It also filed another settled FCPA action centered on gifts, travel and entertainment provided to healthcare professionals...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

New Panel of Arbitrators for Intellectual Property Disputes at HKIAC

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) recently announced the launch of their new Panel of Arbitrators for Intellectual Property Disputes. The new panel includes 30 members, with a total of 7 languages and 12...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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed its first action against a municipal adviser for breach of fiduciary duty based on a provision amended by Dodd-Frank. The agency also continued to file insider trading actions in an administrative forum....more

Hong Kong Regulatory Update - March 2015

This Hong Kong regulatory update provides a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong...more

[Webinar] Restrictive Covenants at Home and Abroad (With Perspectives from Around the Globe) - April 6th, 9:00am PT | 11:00am CT |...

Please join us for an informative live webinar that will provide a practical overview of restrictive covenants around the globe. Our panel of speakers, representing seven time zones, will provide a brief overview of the law...more

Payments regulations in flux - Recent changes in Hong Kong, China and Singapore

WHAT'S GOING ON IN HONG KONG STORED VALUE FACILITIES AND RETAIL PAYMENT SYSTEMS The new regulatory regime for Stored Value Facilities ("SVF") and Retail Payment Systems ("RPS") in Hong Kong under the Payment Systems...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC had a significant courtroom victory this week, prevailing in the Payton insider trading trial. A jury returned a verdict in favor of the agency. ...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

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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed a series of actions this week which included: three cases based on insider trading; an accounting action against a company and its employees; an audit failure; the unregistered sale of securities; and the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed another group of settled actions under its initiative regarding municipal bond underwriters. This time a group of fourteen actions were filed. Each centered largely on claims that the underwriter failed...more

Draft Bill on Open-Ended Fund Companies Gazetted

Following public consultation in March 2014, the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (FSTB) has now published the “Consultation Conclusions on Open-ended Fund Companies”, and the related Securities and Futures...more

"Hong Kong Stock Exchange Opens Doors to Russia-Incorporated Issuers"

On January 15, 2016, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEx) published its Country Guide on Russia and placed Russia on its list of “acceptable jurisdictions,” formally signifying that Hong Kong’s sole regulated stock...more

IP developments in Greater China

2015 was a year of significant change in the intellectual property (IP) field, with China redoubling its efforts to tackle counterfeit goods, long-awaited and controversial legislative amendments being debated in Hong Kong...more

"Acquisitions of Controlling Interests in Hong Kong-Listed Companies Through Primary Issuances"

Acquisitions that result in a change of control of a Hong Kong-listed company — defined as 30 percent or more of the voting power — trigger a mandatory general offer to all shareholders of the company. The Hong Kong...more

"Recent Shareholder Activism in Asia Could Signal Changing Attitudes"

Levels of shareholder activism are reaching record highs in the United States, and such activity has become increasingly prevalent in Europe. But with the exception of Japan, Asia often is seen as a relative backwater in this...more

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