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  • Proposed changes to the SFC Guidelines on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing


    Submitted: 12 July 2018

    ​An analysis of the SFC's proposed changes to the Guidelines on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorist Financing, and the impact on Licensed Corporations in Hong Kong.

  • Further Relaxation of Chinas Rules for Foreign Asset Managers


    Submitted: 06 July 2018

    ​The Asset Management Association of China (AMAC) published today the June 2018 version of the “Guidelines for the Filing and Registration of Wholly Foreign Owned and Joint Venture Private Securities Investment Fund” (the Guidelines). The Guidelines further liberalise the PFM WFOE regime by providing certain concessions in relation to, among other things, requirements for the parent company and ultimate controller of a foreign-invested applicant.

  • The Global LEI System and Other Unique Identifiers


    Last Reviewed: 30 June 2018 / Submitted: 10 February 2014

    An overview of the Global LEI System considering some of its practical implications for financial institutions and, in particular, its relationship to the reporting obligations under EMIR including Unique Transaction Identifiers and Unique Product Identifiers.

  • The fight against financial crime: anti-money laundering


    Last Reviewed: 25 June 2018 / Submitted: 23 April 2018

    In this series of articles, we focus on different areas of financial crime, taking an incisive look at current regulation and what we can expect over the course of 2018. In this first edition we take a look at anti-money laundering, including the recent passing of the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive by the European Parliament and other developments in Asia.

  • Financial sanctions


    Submitted: 22 June 2018

    A selection of financial sanctions related guidance and articles of interest.

  • Regulatory update on the QFII reforms


    Submitted: 21 June 2018

    ​On 15 June 2018, the State Council of China introduced a comprehensive list of reform directives aimed at further opening up relevant industries to foreign investors, in order to promote foreign investment activities in China, among which include relaxing the restrictions to establish foreign-invested financial institutions, expanding the scope of sanctioned businesses and broadening the cooperative initiatives between the mainland and foreign financial markets.

  • EU blocking statute on Iran-related nuclear sanctions released


    Submitted: 14 June 2018

    The EU Commission has now "adopted" the much awaited EU blocking statute. What does it do? In short it seeks to provide protection to EU-based companies from engaging in sanctions-compliant business with Iran. It is in effect the EU trying to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive despite the withdrawal by the US. This article highlights the key features of the recent action.

  • International employers - headline guides


    Last Reviewed: 12 June 2018 / Submitted: 16 November 2016

    High level overviews of the key employment law issues have been reviewed and updated, in all various jurisdictions.

  • Oversight June 2018 - SFC issues consultation conclusions on amendments to the PI Rules


    Submitted: 04 June 2018

    This Oversight considers the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission’s consultation conclusions on the proposed amendments to the Securities and Futures (Professional Investor) Rules.

  • Singapore: MAS issues warnings on digital token exchanges and ICOs


    Submitted: 29 May 2018

    ​The Monetary Authority of Singapore has issued warnings to eight digital token exchanges in Singapore and halted an initial coin offering for breaching securities regulations.

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