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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

21Sep2022

Legal update: SFC review of online investment services

In this snapshot legal update, we report that on 31 August 2022, the Securities and Futures Commission issued a circular to licensed corporations in relation to the SFC’s review of online brokerage, distribution and advisory services (the “Circular”). The SFC conducted a review of the…Read More

15Jul2022

Legal update: SFC Consultation on clarification to offering document exemptions

In this snapshot legal update, we report that on 10 June 2022, the SFC launched a public consultation exercise that includes a proposed clarification to an exemption from SFC authorisation for offering documents for securities. The Securities and Futures Ordinance prohibits the issue of advertisements…Read More

11Jul2022

Term Sheets for Investment

1. What is a Term Sheet? A Term Sheet is a summary of the business, finance and legal terms that will apply to an investment round. Usually it is a not a legally binding document, except for a few provisions such as confidentiality, costs or…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

15Mar2022

2022 Joint Circular of SFC and HKMA on Virtual Asset Dealing and Advisory Service

The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) recently published a joint circular on intermediaries’ virtual asset-related activities on 28 January 2022 (the “Circular”). The Circular supersedes the earlier circular to intermediaries on distribution of virtual asset funds on 1…Read More

28May2021

Data Breach Response: Ten Tips on Managing Regulatory Inquiries

A letter arrives from the Privacy Commissioner. There are awkward questions. Well, settle in for the long haul. You are now at the start of an inquiry. In this article, Pádraig Walsh from the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice group of Tanner De Witt provides ten…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

18Jan2021

Legal update: SFC fines company secretary for insider dealing

According to a recent press release issued by the Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) on 11 January 2021, Mr. Chow Chiu Chi, the company secretary of China Automation Group Limited (“China Automation”), a company listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of…Read More

30Dec2020

Legal update: Client facilitation in the execution of residual odd lots

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) issued an FAQ on 18 December 2020 clarifying the applicability of the exemption from the requirement for licensed corporations (“LCs”) to obtain explicit client consent on a trade-by-trade basis prior to each client facilitation trade. As a…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