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Extension and Refinement of the Aircraft Leasing Scheme in Singapore

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The Aircraft Leasing Scheme in Singapore is to be extended for another five years with refinements to encourage the growth of the aircraft leasing sector. On 20 February 2017, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Heng Swee Keat,...more

Singapore Legal Update - May 2017

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MAS Consults on Operationalising the Changes to the Securities and Futures Act - The MAS has suggested that an entity that operates a facility to match trades in respect of products that are not exchange traded...more

Variation Margin Requirements Relief

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According to the original timetable, the first implementation date in various G20 countries for uncleared over-the-counter ("OTC") derivative variation margin requirements was 1 September 2016 for the largest market...more

S-VACC: Future of the Singapore fund industry

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (the MAS) had on 24 April 2017 concluded its public consultation with various stakeholders on the Singapore Variable Capital Company (S-VACC) concept. The aim of the S-VACC framework is to...more

Singapore Legal Update - March 2017

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Venture Capital Funds to Face Simpler Regulatory Framework - The MAS has proposed a new regulatory regime for managers of venture capital funds. The changes are intended to support and promote financing for enterprise...more

Singapore Eases Regulatory Regime for VC Funds to Promote Financing for Start-Ups

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore has proposed a simplification of the authorisation process and regulatory framework for venture capital managers—with the goal of supporting start-ups....more

Dentons Rodyk Reporter 2017

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Regional CEO message - Happy New Year and welcome to the first issue of Dentons Rodyk Reporter 2017. Let me share our key developments in 2016 and tell you what to expect from us in 2017. Please see full...more

Singapore Legal Update - January 2017

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MAS Amends the Requirements for Related Party Transactions for Banks - On 21 November 2016, the MAS issued an amended Notice 643 to Banks on Transactions with Related Parties. It will take effect in two years, on 18...more

How the Yellow Submarine Informs Due Diligence Lessons From 1MDB

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Enrichment is the theme for today’s post as it is personal and illegal enrichment which seems to be the continuing message from the 1MDB scandal involving the disgraced Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. In an article in the...more

Singapore Legal Update - November/December 2016

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Companies Act to Allow Re-domiciliation Into Singapore - On 26 October 2016, the MOF and the ACRA proposed to amend the Companies Act to allow for inward re-domiciliation of companies. This will allow a foreign company...more

Entering the Sandbox - Guidelines released for FinTech entrepreneurs and entities

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Guidelines on entering the Sandbox - On 16 November 2016 the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) released its “regulatory sandbox” (Sandbox) guidelines for FinTech experiments to be conducted in a controlled...more

Fintech: Review of Regulatory Regime to attract VC Managers to Singapore

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Deputy Prime Minister and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Chairman Tharman Shanmugaratnam announces review of the regulatory regime for venture capital managers....more

MAS Amends Its FAQs on the Licensing and Registration of Fund Management Companies

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On 19 September 2016, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) amended its FAQs on the Licensing and Registration of Fund Management Companies. The key changes are as follows: - A licenced Fund Management Company...more

Singapore Gets Serious About Money Laundering

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The fallout from the scandal surrounding 1MDB and the Singapore-based banks that facilitated the flow of funds to and from those connected with the Malaysia-backed sovereign fund shows no signs of abating, as the recent...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

Tax Amnesties and STRs

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While the monetary authorities in Singapore insist that participation in a tax amnesty program would not automatically trigger a criminal investigation, they could still use STRs filed in connection with tax amnesty to flag...more

MAS issues revised Guidelines on Outsourcing

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Institutions will need to meet deadlines to conduct a self-assessment of existing outsourcing arrangements, rectify identified deficiencies, and put in place measures to mitigate interim risks where a deficiency is...more

Singapore’s enforcement of data protection law on the rise

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Singapore's Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) is stepping up its efforts to enforce the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA). Following the release of its first nine enforcement decisions in April this year, the...more

Bridging the Week - August 2016

FCM Agrees to Pay US $800,000 Fine to CFTC Because of US $1.1 Million in Erroneous Customer Exchange Fees Charges: Barclays Capital, Inc. agreed to pay a fine of US $800,000 to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to...more

Monetary Authority of Singapore outsourcing guidelines 2016

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The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has published its new and replacement Guidelines on Outsourcing on 27 July 2016. The Guidelines are intended to provide comprehensive guidance over the risk management practices that...more

ESMA Advice on Extending the AIFMD Passport to Non-EU Countries

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ESMA sees no significant obstacles to extending the AIFMD passport to nine key countries. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published advice to the European Commission, the European Parliament, and...more

SGX to Set Up Subsidiary Company ‘Regco’ for Regulatory Functions

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Market players hail the establishment of a separate subsidiary to handle regulatory functions in response to concerns about conflicts of interest in SGX’s self-regulatory structure. On 18 July, Singapore Exchange (SGX)...more

After Favorable LIBOR Ruling from the Second Circuit, Investors Now Allege Anticompetitive SIBOR Manipulation

On July 5, 2016, investors filed a federal class action in the Southern District of New York alleging defendant banks had manipulated the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) “and/or” Singapore Swap Offer Rate (SOR)...more

OTC Derivatives Reporting and Clearing in Singapore – An Update on the Regulatory Reforms

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Since 2012, in line with its commitment to the G20 and Financial Stability Board ("FSB") reform objectives, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (the "MAS") has undertaken a comprehensive review of the Securities and Futures...more

A New Sheriff In Town: The Monetary Authority of Singapore Creates New Anti-Money Laundering And Enforcement Departments

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On 13 June 2016, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (“MAS”) announced that it will create dedicated Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) and Enforcement departments, including a special supervisory team to be established to monitor...more

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