Reform – International

Singapore: Adding to the alphabet soup of accountability regimes

Shuhui Kwok

Australia has its BEAR (Banking Executive Accountability Regime), Hong Kong its MCR and MAI (Manager-in-Charge Regime and Management Accountability Initiative) and the UK its SMCR (Senior Managers and Certification Regime). To this alphabet soup of accountability regimes will be added Singapore’s Guidelines on Individual Accountability and Conduct (Guidelines). Financial institutions doing business in two or Read More

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ASIC’s new Chairman promotes ASIC’s enforcement record and outlines his proposed approach to steadying the ship in choppy waters

Edward Einfeld

The new Chairman of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), James Shipton, has welcomed the work of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (Financial Services Royal Commission) and noted that many of the matters that have been raised have already been, or continue to be, the subject Read More

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Mind your step: Hong Kong SFC warns of cryptocurrency and ICO risks

Jeffrey Huang

Hong Kong has not followed China and other jurisdictions in effectively banning cryptocurrency trading and initial coin offerings (ICOs). However, the government and regulators are monitoring developments to guard against efforts to circumvent regulatory requirements in pursuit of market protection. The potential risks and related regulatory concerns relating to cryptocurrency exchanges and investing in ICOs Read More

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Australian agencies responsible for the enforcement of foreign bribery laws release self-reporting guidelines

Edward Einfeld

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP), the Australian government agencies responsible for investigating and prosecuting foreign bribery, have recently released joint best practice guidelines that indicate how they will approach self-reporting of foreign bribery and related offences by corporations (the Guidelines). The Guidelines seek to provide greater clarity Read More

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Revisiting cooperation with the Hong Kong SFC: A carrot not a stick?

Matt Bower

At the end of last year, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (the SFC) published updated guidance on cooperation (the Guidance) in disciplinary, civil court and Market Misconduct Tribunal (MMT) proceedings. Much of the guidance is neither new nor will surprise the market. However, formal discounts for early settlement will be welcomed, while its Read More

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