Banking and Finance

13Jan2023

The Chambers and Partners Greater China Region 2023 rankings are announced

Tanner De Witt is delighted once again to be recognised by Chambers & Partners in their inaugural 2023 Greater China Region Guide for each of its main practice areas. Please see full results and editorial commentary below.   Corporate/M&A: Independent Hong Kong Firms (Band 2)Full ranking here. Tanner…Read More

12Jan2023

The Legal 500 2023 rankings are announced for Asia-Pacific

Tanner De Witt is proud to again be recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide 2023 for employment, restructuring and insolvency, dispute resolution, technology, media, telecommunications (TMT), commercial, corporate and M&A, private client and family. Legal 500’s Hall of Fame includes Partners Ian De Witt and Robin Darton, while Pamela Mak and Russell Bennett are…Read More

16Nov2022

Legal Update: Developments in virtual asset regulation in Hong Kong

In this snapshot legal update, we report on various announcements and policy updates announced during Hong Kong FintechWeek in respect of virtual assets (“VA”). On 31 October 2022, the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) issued a circular on virtual asset futures exchange-traded funds (“VA Futures…Read More

18Jul2022

Due Diligence Tips

Why should you prepare for Due Diligence? It is important to have all the materials concerning due diligence prepared and organised prior to approaching an investor. This will allow you to keep the focus on the actual funding process and transaction documents, rather than responding defensively…Read More

06Jul2022

The new licensing regime for Virtual Asset Service Providers: The Amendment Bill

The long-awaited Virtual Asset Service Providers (“VASP”) licence regime is coming closer with the Hong Kong government gazetting the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Bill 2022 on 24 June 2022 (“Bill”). We reported on the key points of the consultation and the conclusion (collectively,…Read More

15Jun2022

Legal update: SFC warns of risks associated with NFTs

In this snapshot legal update, we report that on 6 June 2022, the SFC issued a warning regarding risks associated with investing in non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The SFC noted that NFTs have risks that are similar to other virtual assets. These include Illiquid secondary markets,…Read More

03Aug2021

Legal Update – Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Review Tribunal and Competence Assessment for Money Service Operators

The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance, Chapter 615 of the laws of Hong Kong, (“AMLO”) (formerly known as Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance) came into effect on April 1 2012.  It aims to enhance the anti-money laundering (“AML”) and counter-financing of…Read More

29Jan2021

Key Points in the FSTB Consultation Paper to the new licensing regime for VASPs

The Financial Service and Treasury Bureau released a consultation paper on 3 November 2020, proposing amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance (Chapter 615, Laws of Hong Kong)(“AMLO”) to introduce a licensing regime for virtual asset services providers (“VASP(s)”). River Stone, Pádraig Walsh…Read More

30Nov2020

Key points in the SFC Consultation Paper to amend the SFC AML Codes

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) released a consultation paper on 18 September 2020, proposing amendments to (1) the Guideline on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (For Licensed Corporations) and (2) the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Guideline issued by…Read More

10Sep2020

Jan Willem Möller attends Cross-border Debt Restructuring Forum 2020

Partner Jan Willem Möller attended Asian Legal Business’ Cross-border Debt Restructuring Forum 2020, which was held virtually on 3 September 2020. The forum took place over a day, and featured panels on topics such as: Safeguarding Creditor’s Debt Enforcement Rights to Ensure Successful Asset Recovery…Read More

01Jun2020

Tanner De Witt boosts banking practice with the promotion of Jan Willem Möller to Partner

Tanner De Witt announces with great pleasure the appointment of banking and finance lawyer Jan Willem Möller as Partner of the firm effective today. Jan Willem joined Tanner De Witt in early 2016 and has steadily grown his practice since. His experience ranges from distressed…Read More

29May2020

Key project team members for a Security Token Offering

Security token offerings (“STO”) are a next-generation financing model that combine the benefits of blockchain technology with traditional fund raising.  As with any fundraising exercise, conducting an STO can be stressful.  The stress is increased as the novelty of STOs makes the process more opaque. …Read More