SFC

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

18Oct2017

SFC announces full roll-out of Manager-In-Charge regime

In January this year, we wrote about upcoming changes to the Manager-In-Charge Regime. It was announced then that Managers-In-Charge (MIC) of eight core functions should have applied for approval to become Responsible Officers (ROs) by 16 October 2017. In addition, licensed corporations and corporate licence…Read More

12Jan2017

Legal update: Manager In Charge Regime – ComplianceAsia

This is a Client Alert from ComplianceAsia. For employment and regulatory related legal enquiries please contact Russell Bennett. Introduction In January 2017, the SFC released a circular on clarifications to its current regime on senior management, expectations as to Board obligations of licensed firms and…Read More