On 7 November 2023, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten, the AFM) published its ‘Trend Monitor 2024’ report highlighting key trends that will shape the financial landscape in the coming year. The AFM notes that 2024’s financial landscape will be shaped by geopolitical developments, including the

Key takeaways from Hong Kong Fintech Week

Hong Kong Fintech Week 2023 saw several new policy and regulatory announcements by the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (the FSTB), the Securities and Futures Commission (the SFC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (the HKMA).  The key developments are summarised below:

  1. The SFC

On 2 November 2023, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten, the AFM) published a position paper on improving the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2019/2088, the SFDR). The AFM proposes these improvements in the light of the European Commission’s current consultation on a review of the

On 9 May 2023, the Singapore Parliament passed amendments to the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act 1992 (CDSA) which will introduce significant new offences of rash and negligent money laundering.

Under the current law, the successful prosecution of money mules (i.e., those who assist with the transfer of

As we have previously reported (see here), the law on sustainability-related disclosures is an evolving area and increasingly a topic of concern in the face of regulatory enforcement and class action risk. Significant international developments have included the establishment of the International Sustainability Standards Board and the recent proposal by the US SEC for

The month of April saw the release of the ASX’s consultation paper ‘Enhancing the ASX Investment Products Offering’, as well as the publication by APRA and ASIC of the latest data pertaining to claims and disputes outcomes for life insurance.

April also saw ASIC extend the relief from certain dollar disclosures in PDSs for litigation

Like the US Department of Justice, Congress is sharpening its focus on lenders and FinTech companies who facilitated pandemic-relief programs. In the latest development, the United States House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis issued letters to two companies demanding documents and responses to specific questions. It is clear that investigations into pandemic-relief fraud are accelerating, and it appears the Department of Justice is not alone in setting its sights on lenders and their FinTech partners. Businesses and individuals in the financial industry now must be prepared for congressional investigations.

A recent webinar hosted by Consob (the Italian authority for the supervision of financial markets) in the context of the 2021 IOSCO World Investor Week offers the opportunity to briefly recall the initiatives undertaken by the Italian authority in respect of ESG matters.

As a starting point, in its annual review published in March 2021,