Hong Kong SFC’s Revised Requirements on Retail ESG Funds and Relevant EU Regulations on UCITS

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Around the world, there is increasing attention amongst investors, asset managers and regulators regarding ESG investment products. As a major asset management hub in Asia, Hong Kong has also spearheaded market development in green or sustainable finance through a range of policies, regulations and guidance relevant to the financial industry. While this earlier article published on Dentons’ ESG Global Solutions Hub, Sustainable Finance and ESG in Hong Kong, set out the broader picture on the relevant regulatory developments and policies relating to sustainable finance and ESG in Hong Kong, this article focuses on the revised requirements of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) applicable to retail funds which are marketed to the public in Hong Kong as “green funds” or “ESG funds”.

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