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Amendments to statutory maternity benefits finally passed

On 9 July 2020, the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019 (Bill) was passed at the Legislative Council. The Bill introduces amendments to the Employment Ordinance (Ordinance) to extend… LEARN MORE

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OMG! Has China’s Supreme Court reversed its position on OEM trademark infringement? The implications of the HONDAKIT case

Foreign brand owners have often questioned whether they need a trademark registration in the PRC when engaging PRC factories for Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) activities.… LEARN MORE

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Nine months ban for breaching trading policies

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has banned a former fund manager for nine months for breaching his employer’s trading policies over a five year period by concealing… LEARN MORE

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SFC imposes $6.4 million fine for product due diligence and suitability assessment failures

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded and fined an intermediary $6.4 million for control failures over a two year period in solicitation and recommendation… LEARN MORE

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Mainland China briefing: regulators issue opinions on providing financial support for the development of Greater Bay Area

On 14 May 2020, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and the State… LEARN MORE

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SFC allows swap-based leverage and inverse products tracking Mainland equity indices

On 22 May 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a supplemental circular introducing changes to the scope of leveraged and inverse products (L&I Products)… LEARN MORE

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Hong Kong’s SFC consults on REIT code
23 June 2020, Securities and Futures Commission , Regulatory , Investment Funds, Newsletter, by Eve Leung, Kristal Lai

On 9 June 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) began a two-month consultation on proposed amendments to the Code on Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). The SFC… LEARN MORE

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MPF: more flexibility in REIT investments

Hong Kong’s Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority (MPFA) has recently issued two sets of revised guidelines: III.2 Guidelines on Equities and Other Securities (Guideline… LEARN MORE

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Refinements to Hong Kong OTC derivatives licensing framework

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued its Consultation Conclusions on the OTC derivatives regime for Hong Kong – Proposed refinements to the scope of regulated activities… LEARN MORE

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English Court confirms that an injunction to restrain adjudication will rarely be granted

In the recent case of MillChris Developments Ltd v Fiona Selski Waters [2020] 4 WLUK 45, before England’s Technology and Construction Court, a party to an adjudication applied… LEARN MORE

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