13 December 2022
From Smart Contract to Interpol Red Notice – Developer Liability
Companies and individual developers in the web 3.0 space may not be aware but, as smart contract programs gain wider reach, they will be increasingly scrutinised and potentially vulnerable to civil and criminal liability
01 November 2022
Retail access for virtual assets – risky business or radical open-mindedness?
Hong Kong’s Fintech Week 2022 began with a crypto-infused bang with keynote speeches from the Government and financial regulators embracing the financial innovation made possible by virtual assets (VAs). Recognising that VAs are here to stay, Hong Kong has proposed to recalibrate the existing legal...
24 June 2020
Pressure Points: Venture capital in Southeast Asia post-Covid-19 (Asia)
The Covid-19 pandemic has created significant economic challenges for industries world-wide. The Southeast Asia venture capital industry and the start-up ecosystem that it supports are no exception. Start-ups in particularly hard-hit industries have found themselves at risk in these uncertain times...
06 February 2020
Australian privacy law reform and review announced
On 12 December 2019, the Australian Government announced its response to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s ( ACCC ) Digital Platform Inquiry. Despite the Inquiry’s name, only 1 of the 11 recommendations in the report about data practices is targeted at digital platforms.
12 November 2019
Casting the regulatory net over virtual assets – SFC finalises new regulatory framework for virtual asset trading platforms
On 6 November 2019, the Security and Futures Commission ( SFC ) issued a position paper setting out a new regulatory framework for the licensing of centralised virtual asset trading platforms, following the SFC’s conceptual framework issued last year.
01 November 2019
Hong Kong SFC’s new electronic data requirements place MICs and cloud services in the spotlight
Yesterday, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission ( SFC ) published a circular ( Circular ) on the use of electronic data storage providers ( EDSPs ) by licensed corporations ( LCs ).
06 September 2019
FATF and APG publish long-awaited mutual evaluation report on Hong Kong
Following the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ) and the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering’s inspection of Hong Kong in October and November 2018, their much anticipated Mutual Evaluation Report ( Report ) on Hong Kong was published on 4 September 2019. Our previous bulletin on 25 June 2019...
01 July 2019
Digital Banking Licences have arrived for non-bank players in Singapore
On 28 June 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore ( MAS ) announced that it will issue up to five new digital bank licences, which will effectively open digital banking business to non-bank players in Singapore. Announcing the measures at the 46th Annual Dinner of The Association of Banks in...
24 June 2019
MAS extends AML/CFT requirements to Payment Service Providers
On 6 June 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore ( MAS ) issued a Consultation Paper on proposed anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism ( AML/CFT ) requirements which will apply to most payment service providers ( PS Providers ). Submissions close on 5 July 2019. The...
12 March 2019
Latest Shake-up of the Remuneration Provisions for Banks and Investment Firms Part 2: Banks and credit institutions
After over two years of debate, agreement has finally been reached on the proposed directive amending the Capital Requirements Directive (which is generally being titled CRD5 ), and the European Council has published its final text. As detailed in our previous briefing ( Part 1 ), however, the...
11 March 2019
Latest Shake-up of the Remuneration Provisions for Banks and Investment Firms Part 1: Investment Firms
Agreement has now been reached between the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council on the final texts of two Directives which will impact on the remuneration provisions which apply to banks and investment firms. The first is the Investment Firms Directive ( IFD ), which will introduce a...
03 February 2023
New UAE Commercial Agencies Law comes into force
Last year, we published an e-bulletin on the key changes that had been announced to the draft UAE Commercial Agencies Law. Following the passage of Federal Law No. 3/2022 in December 2022 (the " Commercial Agencies Law "), these changes are now in-force. Below we have provided a re-cap of the key...
25 January 2023
M&A STANDPOINT: Formal sale processes: A useful tool to solicit offers or a last resort?
FSPs were created to encourage a competitive and confidential sale process under the Takeover Code, but often they may signal that a company has run out of options. However, a number of companies have elected to launch FSPs in recent months, so when is an FSP is the right choice for a company?
24 January 2023
Global M&A Outlook 2023: Automotive Electric and digital revolutions still drive M&A
The automotive sector is currently experiencing two inflection points at the same time: an electric vehicle revolution, as the industry transitions from the internal combustion engine (ICE) to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) including battery electric vehicles (BEV) as part of the wider...
24 January 2023
Global M&A Outlook 2023: Consumer 2022 was a challenging year compared to 2021
M&A in the consumer sector slowed throughout 2022 as compared to the buoyant trends in 2021. Macro-economic issues and global headwinds have meant a tougher environment for consumers, particularly with record-breaking inflation adding to the cost of living and turning the screws on household...
23 January 2023
How hard is it? The Takeover’s Panel consults on guidance for exclusivity granted at the non-binding bid stage
Following two Takeovers Panel decisions that found pre-deal exclusivity and other deal protection arrangements to be unacceptable, the Takeovers Panel has now commenced consultation on proposed new guidance on deal protection granted in respect of non-binding proposals. Most importantly, the...