Financial Markets

Exemptions for senior executives of licensed corporations from compulsory quarantine arrangements

Exemptions for senior executives of licensed corporations from compulsory quarantine arrangements 1402 790 Louise

On 28 May 2021, the SFC issued a circular regarding the grant of exemptions for senior executives of licensed corporations from the three-week compulsory quarantine arrangements in Hong Kong under Cap. 599C and Cap. 599E.

FSTB Concludes Landmark Consultation on New Licensing Regime for Virtual Assets Services Providers

FSTB Concludes Landmark Consultation on New Licensing Regime for Virtual Assets Services Providers 1400 788 Basil Hwang

After a three-month consultation (see our previous news update here) on the legislative proposal to introduce a new licensing regime for virtual asset services providers (“VASPs”) with an objective of…

The Show Must Go On – Signing with Electronic Signatures in Hong Kong

The Show Must Go On – Signing with Electronic Signatures in Hong Kong 1401 788 Charing

Electronic signatures have been recognised in under Hong Kong laws as early as January 2000 with the enactment of the Electronic Transactions Ordinance (Cap. 553). This article provides a summary of the current legal framework governing electronic signatures in commercial settings and in litigation settings.

Joint statement on IPO-related misconduct

Joint statement on IPO-related misconduct 1920 1080 Emma

On 20 May 2021, SFC and HKEx issued a joint statement setting out the general approach taken by them to address regulatory issues formed in recent new listings.  The statement described how the regulators would deploy their respective powers under the SFO, the SMLR and the Listing Rules to tackle issues that mainly involved suspected arrangements to artificially satisfy the initial listing requirements, or facilitate market manipulation of the shares after the IPO.

HKEx Consultation Conclusions on the Main Board Profit Requirement

HKEx Consultation Conclusions on the Main Board Profit Requirement 1401 789 Louise

On 20 May 2021, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited published conclusions to its consultations on the Main Board Profit Requirement.

SFC warns against online investment scams

SFC warns against online investment scams 1401 786 Charing

The Securities and Futures Commission has recently concluded an online campaign alerting the public about the use of online platforms to defraud investors. There are many ways to ascertain and verify the identity of the counter-party on the other end of the deal.  Here are some ways to avoid falling victim to investment scams:-

HKEx Consultation Paper on the Main Board Profit Requirement

HKEx Consultation Paper on the Main Board Profit Requirement 1401 788 Louise

On 27 November 2020, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited published a Consultation Paper proposing to increase the Main Board profit requirement.

SFC Press Release – Investigation Updates

SFC Press Release – Investigation Updates 1400 788 Charing

SFC and Police launched joint operation against listed company and senior executives for market misconduct, and revoke revokes IDS Forex HK Limited’s licence and permanently bans its former co-CEOs from re-entering the industry.

The Insurance Authority welcomes Pilot Insurance-linked Securities Grant Scheme

The Insurance Authority welcomes Pilot Insurance-linked Securities Grant Scheme 1401 789 Louise

The Financial Secretary the Paul Chan delivered his 2021-22 budget speech on 24 February 2021 proposing to launch a two-year pilot insurance-linked securities grant scheme to attract insurance enterprises or organisations to issue insurance-linked securities in Hong Kong.

FSTB Consultation paper on new licensing regime for virtual assets services providers

FSTB Consultation paper on new licensing regime for virtual assets services providers 1400 787 Charing

FSTB published consultation paper proposeing to introduce a licensing regime for virtual assets services providers (“VASPs”).  The consultation period ended on 31 January 2021.

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