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Hong King: Companies Ordinance 2014 and Directors' Duties

A new Companies Ordinance (CO) came into effect in Hong Kong on 3 March 2014, which introduced a number of changes to the law on directors’ duties. ...more

Hong Kong: Embracing The Best of the East, and The Best of the West

In continuation of my article on Globalizing in Hong Kong in December 2013, let's discuss some of the practical implications and recent developments in Hong Kong's employment arena. Hong Kong is not just a pivotal financial...more

Hong Kong Regulators Remind Intermediaries of Selling Practice Requirements for Complex Bonds and High-Yield Bonds

Intermediaries need to review and enhance their policies and procedures to address any issues relevant to their institutions. On 25 March 2014, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular (Circular) to...more

Mark It to Market - March 2014

In This Issue: - MARCH MADNESS - A Reminder - Changes to China's Trademark Law - INTA Annual Meeting - Hong Kong - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - The March issue of Sterne Kessler's Mark It to MarketTM...more

Hong Kong Considers Significant Changes to Parody Under Copyright Law

In July 2013, the Hong Kong Government commenced a three-month public consultation on three options to deal with parody under Hong Kong copyright law. One of the options was the introduction of a fair dealing exception for...more

The Future of Trust IPOs in Asia

With developed and active real estate investment trust (REIT) markets and expanding business trust (BT) markets, trust IPOs have earned themselves a solid place in the Asian financial marketplace. “Trust IPOs are no longer a...more

On The Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: Hong Kong

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in Hong Kong? Growing Energy Consumption and Lack of Indigenous Energy Resources - Hong Kong has a population of about 7 million and is...more

New Hong Kong Companies Ordinance: a Snapshot

On 3 March 2014, the new Companies Ordinance (the “New CO”) will come into effect in Hong Kong. This is expected to have a significant impact on the incorporation and operation of companies in Hong Kong; although the number...more

RMB Bond Issue in Hong Kong (a.k.a. A Delicious Dim Sum Offering!) – Challenges to Hong Kong – Part 5

Foreign and Chinese companies seeking to access the renminbi (“RMB”) bond market can now raise capital without time-consuming IPOs, rights issuances and secondary offerings. It also provides a cheaper form of RMB financing to...more

Cathay Pacific Airlines Settles Freight Shipping Price-Fixing Class Action

On February 12, 2014, Cathay Pacific Airlines Ltd. settled a freight shipping price-fixing multidistrict class action litigation in the Eastern District of New York. In re Air Cargo Shipping Services Air Cargo Antitrust...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending February 14, 2014)

The Commission prevailed after a two week jury trial in an insider trading case this week, ending a string of losses. The agency also filed two settled actions, one based on insider trading claims and another involving...more

A Materially Different View On Pre-deal Research Reports In Hong Kong IPOs

As financial markets globalize, particular markets have increasing opportunities to shape themselves by adopting processes, concepts and regulatory frameworks borrowed from other markets. Given their highly-developed nature,...more

Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission Consults Public on Proposed REIT Code Amendments

Recognizing the recurrent income generating product nature, the SFC may lift some restrictions on investment scope for Hong Kong listed REITs. On 27 January 2014, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) commenced...more

"Hong Kong Exchange Looks to Attract Overseas Companies"

Bolstered by a solid fourth quarter, 2013 was a stronger year than 2012 for Hong Kong in terms of new listings. In 2013, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the HKEx) reported 110 new listings raising $21.5 billion,...more

RMB Bond Issue in Hong Kong (a.k.a. A Delicious Dim Sum Offering!) – Some Structural Issues to Consider – Part 4

Foreign and Chinese companies seeking to access the renminbi (“RMB”) bond market can now raise capital without time-consuming IPOs, rights issuances and secondary offerings. It also provides a cheaper form of RMB financing to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 10, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital official Matthew Martoma opened this week in Manhattan with jury selection. The SEC announced the resignation of George Canellos, Co-director of the Division of Enforcement....more

International Privacy - 2013 Year in Review - Asia

1. China - China’s Personal Information Protection Law Proposal was submitted to the State Council in 2008, which was followed by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s non-binding Internet...more

A new era for overseas listings in Hong Kong - Part Two

This eUpdate is the second in a two part series examining the effect of the changes under the “Joint policy statement regarding the listing of overseas companies” on the Exchange (the New JPS) released in late September by...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending December 20, 2013)

Michael Steinberg, formerly of SAC Capital, was found guilty of insider trading by a jury. The verdict preserved the unblemished record of the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan which has prevailed in each of the insider...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2013: A New Age of Electronic Trading Regulation in Asia?

Hong Kong introduces a new electronic trading regulatory regime with effect from 1 January 2014, when all licensed and registered persons in Hong Kong that conduct electronic trading of securities and futures contracts listed...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Hong Kong

1. What role does the government of Hong Kong play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Hong Kong is always rated as one of the world’s freest economies, one of the reasons being that the government...more

Mexico Builds Ties with Hong Kong

For the longest time, Mexico has been perceived by Hong Kong primarily as a tourist spot. This is about to change as Mexico is making a series of remarkable efforts to build stronger, more meaningful and mutually beneficial...more

Globalizing in Hong Kong

With dynamic soaring towers, elaborate bright lights, and heart warming traditional customs, Hong Kong’s enigmatic economic and business climate serves as a financial capital for all industries, companies, and firms. Indeed,...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 21 • November 2013 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - This week, the Oxford Dictionaries chose “selfie” as the word of the year. It beat out a number of other relatively new Internet and social-media related terms, including “bitcoin.” In...more

Hong Kong Capital Markets Quarterly News -- October 2013

In This Issue: New Sponsor Regime – Guidance Letters; Policy on Listing Overseas Companies; New Listing Decisions; New Guidance Letters; and Enforcement News Excerpt from New Sponsor Regime – Guidance Letters:...more

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