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SFC licensing and compliance hints: Are you ready for the new suitability and complex product requirements?

On 13 June 2019, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Guidelines on Online Distribution and Advisory Platforms… LEARN MORE

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Mainland China briefing

China and Japan sign agreement for cross-border ETF investments On 22 April 2019, the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Japan Exchange Group signed the ETF Connectivity Agreement… LEARN MORE

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Continuing focus on green or ESG issues

There is rising demand from investors for green funds and environmental, social and governance (ESG) funds in Hong Kong; indeed growth in sustainable investing appears to be a… LEARN MORE

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The end of LIBOR - fund document considerations

The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is a benchmark interest rate used by the international interbank loan market. It is used as a benchmark in a wide range of financial… LEARN MORE

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SFC circular on foreign exchange margin trading on the Mainland and other activities not regulated by the SFC

On 17 June 2019, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular reminding licensed corporations (LCs): that under Mainland law, it is not legal for any unapproved… LEARN MORE

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Commencement of the new regulatory regime for insurance intermediaries

A new regulatory regime for insurance intermediaries will come into effect on 23 September 2019. It will mean direct regulation of insurance intermediaries by the Insurance Authority… LEARN MORE

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Aggressive sales tactics: Call for mandatory cooling-off period for gyms and beauty parlours

Introduction In 2018 alone, the Consumer Council received a total of 3,718 consumer complaints relating to sales malpractices – a record high in recent years. Further, Customs… LEARN MORE

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Enforcement of Mainland judgments in Hong Kong: Further guidance from Hong Kong Court

Last year, Deacons reported on a Hong Kong High Court case The Export-Import Bank of China v Taifeng Textile Group Company Limited & Another (HCMP 3012 & 1684/2015; [2018]… LEARN MORE

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First of its kind: The Hong Kong Companies Court recognises a Japanese Winding Up

In recent years, the Hong Kong courts have been required to deal with a significant number of cases concerning cross border insolvency.  Most notably, a number of cases have arisen… LEARN MORE

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Hong Kong court finds third party bound by arbitration agreement

In Dickson Valora Group (Holdings) Company Ltd v Fan Ji Qian, HCMP 1954/2018, Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance granted the Plaintiffs an anti-suit injunction, restraining the… LEARN MORE

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