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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

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2016: The Shenzhen–Hong Kong Stock Connect

The official announcement of the launch of the long-awaited Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect was jointly made by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC)...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, October 2016

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

Stored Value Facilities : Changing the fintech landscape in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s financial technology market is constantly evolving with the introduction of non-traditional and digital payment and settlement facilities. On 25th August 2016 the first five licences were issued by the Hong Kong...more

Hong Kong - The Gold Standard of International Arbitration in Asia

According to the 2015 International Arbitration Survey conducted by Queen Mary University of London, Hong Kong is the third most preferred seat of international commercial arbitration in the world, behind only Paris and...more

Hong Kong Regulatory Update - October 2016

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

SFC Circular to Strengthen Liquidity Risk Management of Its Authorized Funds

The SFC published the “Circular to management companies of SFC-authorized funds on liquidity risk management” dated July 4, 2016 (the “Circular”), designed to provide guidance to the management companies (each a “Fund...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

Asia Pacific Restructuring & Insolvency Guide: Hong Kong

This is the Hong Kong chapter of the second edition of the White & Case Asia Pacific Restructuring and Insolvency Guide... ..Introduction - On 1 July 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the...more

The Delta Report – Derivatives Newsletter: September 2016

In this issue of The Delta Report, we bring you further updates on developments in the global derivatives space. In Europe, the focus is on Brexit and the newly-released EU final regulatory standards on the valuation of...more

Hong Kong's Privacy Commissioner addresses privacy compliance and best practice for BYOD

Following the publication of industry-specific BYOD guidelines such as those issued by the Hong Kong Association of Banks (the HKAB Guidelines), the trend towards Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has come to the attention of Hong...more

Singapore: Asia Pacific’s Debt Restructuring Hub?

Earlier this year the Committee to Strengthen Singapore as an International Centre for Debt Restructuring (the “Committee”) published, and the Singapore Ministry of Law accepted, recommendations aimed at enhancing Singapore’s...more

Making it big in Asia

Entrepreneurs dreaming of success in Asia-Pacific have several reasons to be optimistic that their hopes may one day translate into reality. Asia is seeing rapid growth in both output and consumption—creating a promising...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

International Travel Chronicles

Travel to foreign lands brings with it unique experiences and funny anecdotes you just couldn’t pick up any other way. The language barrier is an obvious and endless source of amusement, but each country has its own culture...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

Hong Kong Amends Recycling Ordinance

Hong Kong has issued the Promotion of Recycling and Proper Disposal (Electrical Equipment and Electronic Equipment) (Amendment) Ordinance 2016, which will amend the Product Eco-Responsibility Ordinance and the Waste Disposal...more

China Tax Newsletter - May / June 2016

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. On the PRC side, following the national rollout of the...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2016 #3

Editor's Note - MetLife Fights On. MetLife continued to fight its designation as a nonbank systemically important financial institution (SIFI) this week as the insurer filed its reply brief in the Financial Stability...more

China Gives Green Light to the Launch of Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect

According to the joint announcement of the China Securities Regulatory Commission ("CSRC") and the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong ("SFC") dated 16 August 2016, the two regulatory authorities have approved, in...more

Bitcoin theft highlights cryptocurrency regulatory uncertainty

The recent suspension of trading on Hong Kong based Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex following the apparent theft of approximately US$60m worth of bitcoins is the latest in a series of Bitcoin thefts. With Bitcoin still in its...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The D.C. Circuit handed down the first circuit court decision ruling on the Appointments Clause question concerning the retention of SEC ALJs. The court concluded that there was no violation of the Clause....more

Recalling Mt. Gox, Bitfinex Exchange is Latest Target of Bitcoin Hackers

On August 2, 2016, Hong Kong-based bitcoin exchange Bitfinex was the latest target of hackers who stole 119,756 bitcoins, for a total loss of approximately $72 million at that time. Some are estimating it to be as high as...more

ESMA Advice Extending the AIFMD Passport: Including the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Switzerland

On 18 July 2016 the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its advice to the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission on the application of the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive...more

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