SFC

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

28Jul2020

Key Points in the SFC Consultation Paper on Proposed Amendments to the REIT Code

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) released a consultation paper on 9 June 2020, proposing amendments to the Hong Kong Code on Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REIT Code”), to invite market participants and interested parties to comment on the proposed amendments. Pádraig Walsh…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

28May2020

Section 183 notice: your right to silence may be put on hold when the SFC calls

Right to silence is a fundamental legal right that has been recognized in Hong Kong as well as in many of the world’s legal systems.  However, such a right of an individual is not guaranteed in all circumstances and it has often become a trap…Read More

10Jan2020

PE Firms and Family Offices on the SFC Radar: An Update on SFC Licensing in Hong Kong

The Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong (SFC) actively engaged with the private equity sector in 2019. The purpose was to highlight securities licensing requirements that affect private equity (PE) fund managers and family offices in Hong Kong. On 7 January 2020, the SFC…Read More

17Dec2018

Legal update: SFC and CSRC signs Memorandum to Enhance Cooperation and Exchange of Information

The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) has announced on 3 December 2018 that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (“CSRC”), regarding the cooperation and exchange of information in connection with the supervision and oversight of regulated…Read More

06Jun2018

Legal update: Ten myths about token sale regulation in Hong Kong

No part of the tech universe has a greater abundance of myths than the crypto space, and no part of the crypto space has a deeper black hole of urban legends than the weird and wonderful world of token sales. Here are some of the…Read More

05Feb2018

Edmond Leung speaks at TTN Conference 2018

Partner Edmond Leung spoke at the Transnational Taxation Network’s Tax Conference, held today 5 February at The Park Lane Hotel in Causeway Bay. Edmond’s talk covered many important aspects of SFC Licensing, the Securities and Futures Ordinance and important considerations when selecting and appointing Managers-in-Charge (MICs)….Read More

24Jan2018

Legal update: SFC bans former Investment Counsellor for taking confidential client lists

The Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) announced on 22 January 2018 that under section 196(1)(iii) of the Securities and Futures Ordinance (“SFO”) it has banned former DBS Bank employee Mr Chan Wai-Nun from re-entering the industry for a period of 6 months, on the grounds…Read More