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HKMA publishes feedback from thematic reviews of AML and CFT control measures for remote customer on-boarding initiatives

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has published a circular setting out key observations and good practices relating to anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-financing of terrorism (CFT) control measures applicable to remote customer on-boarding initiatives. The feedback is based on recent thematic reviews, engagement with authorized institutions (AIs) and technology firms in the Fintech Supervisory … Continue Reading

HKMA publishes guidance on additional measures to alleviate the impact of COVID-19

Following the deferral of the implementation of Basel III announced by the Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision on 27 March 2020, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) issued additional guidance[1] to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on the global banking system on 3 April 2020.  In light of this, the … Continue Reading

Insurance Authority issues circular on application of certain guidelines in response to COVID-19

In recognition of the impact of COVID-19 on the insurance industry and taking into account a request made by the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers, the Insurance Authority (IA) has issued a circular, announcing that it will modify the approach for bringing certain guidelines into effect. In relation to the following guidelines (which took effect … Continue Reading

HKMA releases common assessment framework on green and sustainable banking

In May 2019, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) introduced a three-phased approach to support the development of green and sustainable banking in Hong Kong. The HKMA has now released the common assessment framework under Phase 1, following feedback received from the banking industry. The common assessment framework will be used to assess the “greenness” … Continue Reading

Roundup of green and sustainable finance regulatory developments

Earlier this month, a joint statement was issued in relation to the establishment of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cross-Agency Steering Group (the Steering Group). This follows a number of recent announcements aimed at supporting the development of sustainable finance in Hong Kong and highlights that tackling climate change remains a top priority for the … Continue Reading

Monthly Global FinTech regulatory updater

Every month we provide the Global Blockchain Business Council’s Post-Trade Distributed Ledger group with a global regulatory FinTech updater, the latest version of which can be found here. Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group is composed of over 40 prominent market infrastructure stakeholders whose shared vision of the use of distributed ledger technology has brought … Continue Reading

SFC defers introduction of initial margin requirements for non-centrally cleared OTC derivatives in light of COVID-19

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced that the introduction of the initial margin (IM) requirements for non-centrally cleared OTC derivative transactions, initially scheduled to be phased-in from 1 September 2020, will be deferred by one year. To read our previous blog post on the SFC’s consultation conclusions on margin requirements for non-centrally cleared … Continue Reading

SFC provides guidance on managing cybersecurity risks associated with remote working

The Securities and Futures Commission (the SFC) has issued a circular to provide guidance to licensed corporations (LCs) on managing cybersecurity risks associated with remote working arrangements. The circular sets out some examples of controls and procedures that LCs can implement to protect their internal networks and data under remote working arrangements. The SFC expects … Continue Reading

SFC issues circular on futures-based ETFs in response to volatility in crude oil futures market

Amid concerns about extreme market conditions caused by volatility in the crude oil futures markets, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has issued a circular directed at management companies of SFC-authorized exchange traded funds (ETFs) and intermediaries, reminding them of their regulatory obligations, particularly in relation to activities involving futures-based ETFs.  A separate circular directed … Continue Reading

SFC provides risk management guidance to commodities futures brokers in response to volatility in crude oil futures market

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has published a circular directed at commodity futures brokers (brokers) requiring them to take precautionary measures to manage the risks of trading crude oil futures contracts amid unprecedented volatility seen in the crude oil futures markets. The SFC has cautioned brokers not to open new positions for clients who … Continue Reading

Revised capital rules gazetted to further enhance resilience of banking system

The Banking (Capital) (Amendment) Rules 2020 (BCAR Rules) were gazetted today (24 April 2020), bringing Hong Kong in line with the latest international standards on banking regulation issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. The BCAR Rules seek to introduce: a new method for calculating the exposure amount of counterparty credit risk arising from … Continue Reading

HKMA launches temporary US dollar liquidity facility

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has launched a temporary liquidity facility under which US$10 billion will be made available (the Facility) to assist licensed banks with US dollar liquidity.  The Facility will comprise of funds obtained through the US Federal Reserve’s FIMA Repo Facility (see our previous blog post here). US dollar liquidity will … Continue Reading

SFC reminds management companies and market makers of SFC-authorized ETFs of their regulatory obligations

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has issued a circular reminding management companies and market makers[1] of SFC-authorized exchange traded funds[2] (ETFs) of their regulatory obligations. The SFC has expressed concerns that management companies and market makers of ETFs may not be sufficiently prepared to respond to operational disruptions caused by COVID-19, following an incident … Continue Reading

Financial services regulation hub now available on the NRF Institute

In an increasingly complex and fast-paced regulatory environment, financial services firms must remain responsive to a wide range of evolving areas, whilst ensuring compliance with new laws and regulation. To help our clients stay up to date on regulatory change as it happens, we have created a new financial services regulation hub on the NRF … Continue Reading

Insurance amendment bills to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as a global risk management centre and regional insurance hub

The bills amending the Insurance Ordinance (Cap.41) (the IO) which are expected to help Hong Kong grow its insurance sector have now been published in the Gazette. The bills – namely, the Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2020 (the First Bill) and the Insurance (Amendment) (No.2) Bill 2020 (the Second Bill), seek to (i) introduce a new … Continue Reading

HKMA lowers regulatory reserve requirement for locally incorporated AIs amid Covid-19

Following earlier announcements, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has issued a circular confirming that, with immediate effect, the regulatory reserve[1] requirement for locally incorporated authorized institutions (AIs) will be reduced by 50%.  The reserves released by this move will provide AIs with additional lending capacity to support customers impacted by COVID-19.  Reserves released should … Continue Reading

HKMA issues guidance on AML and CFT risk management practices in response to COVID-19

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has published guidance to assist authorized institutions (AIs) and stored value facility (SVF) licensees with their anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) risk management practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The HKMA has reiterated in the circulars that it does not expect a “zero failure” outcome from AIs and … Continue Reading

Japanese Financial Services Agency and the Bank of Japan – Summary of Survey Results on the Use of LIBOR and Main Actions Needed

The Japanese Financial Services Agency (JFSA) and the Bank of Japan have published the results of a survey on the use of LIBOR by financial institutions (including banks, securities companies insurance companies and others), their LIBOR exposures and LIBOR transition progress. The survey enables supervisory authorities to quantify the number of contracts that reference LIBOR … Continue Reading

SFC extends certain regulatory compliance deadlines by 6 months in light of COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing disruption to the securities industry, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has announced, in its recent circular, that it will extend various upcoming regulatory compliance deadlines by a period of six months.  In the same circular, the SFC has also reminded intermediaries of the alternative order recording … Continue Reading

Global Asset Management Quarterly – 14th edition now available online

The latest issue of Global Asset Management Quarterly is now available here. This issue contains the following articles: Europe European update Launch of IFR/IFD transition hub EU/UK regulatory roundup United Kingdom COVID-19: action points for boards to consider FCA Dear CEO letter: Asset management firms – prepare now for the end of LIBOR Extension of … Continue Reading

Monthly global FinTech regulatory updater

Every month we provide the Global Blockchain Business Council’s Post-Trade Distributed Ledger group with a global regulatory FinTech updater, the latest version of which can be found here. Post Trade Distributed Ledger (PTDL) Group is composed of over 40 prominent market infrastructure stakeholders whose shared vision of the use of distributed ledger technology has brought … Continue Reading

HKMA introduces liquidity measures to assist banking industry in response to COVID-19 outbreak

To ensure the continued smooth operation of the interbank market given current economic conditions, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has rolled out measures to assist the banking industry in managing liquidity. In its recent circular setting out such measures, the HKMA has noted occasional tightness in the Hong Kong dollar money market, caused principally … Continue Reading

Deferral of Basel III implementation and HKMA’s supervisory actions in response to COVID-19

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has issued a circular announcing that it will defer the implementation of the Basel III final reform package,[1] in line with the revised timeline announced by the Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS), the oversight body of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS). The … Continue Reading

HKMA issues guidance to registered institutions on regulatory expectations following circulars published by the SFC

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (the HKMA) has issued a circular to registered institutions (RIs) drawing their attention to the circulars recently published by the Securities and Futures Commission (the SFC), namely: (i) circular on extended deadlines for implementation of regulatory expectations and reminder of order recording requirements under COVID-19 pandemic (the Order Recording Circular) … Continue Reading
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