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CCTV and Data Privacy
Deacons, August 2020

The installation of CCTV cameras is a highly emotive and controversial issue in many countries. Hong Kong’s data privacy law does not contain any specific provisions regarding the use of CCTV, although the Privacy Commissioner (PC) has issued guidance on CCTV surveillance and the use of drones...

State Council Promotes New Policies to Stabilise Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment
Deacons, August 2020

On 29 July 2020, the State Council held an executive meeting (Meeting) which centred on stabilising the main body of foreign trade, the industrial chain and the supply chain, and establishing four policies to stabilise foreign trade and foreign investment (Four Policies)...

China Announced Draft 2020 Catalogue of Encouraged Industries for Foreign Investment
Deacons, August 2020

According to the annual study “Doing Business” released by the World Bank Group in recent years, China’s business environment has improved greatly during 2018 to 2020, with its global ranking moved up from 78th to 31st. In terms of investment policies, the Chinese government mainly uses the Catalogue of Encouraged Industries for Foreign Investment to facilitate and guide foreign investment in specific industries, fields, and regions in China...

A New Hong Kong Structure for Private Equity Funds: Limited Partnership Funds
Deacons, August 2020

The Limited Partnership Fund Ordinance (LPFO), which provides for registration of eligible funds as limited partnership funds (LPFs) in Hong Kong, will come into operation on 31 August 2020. The enactment of the LPFO is a very welcome development, and is part the Hong Kong government’s stated aim to enhance the competitiveness of Hong Kong in becoming a preferred centre for international asset and wealth managers in Asia...

Reform of Hong Kong MPF Operations: An Electronic Platform and Trustee Fees
Deacons, August 2020

The Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 (Amendment Ordinance) was gazetted on 24 July 2020 and came into effect on the same day...

Mainland China Briefing: CSRC Issues Consultation Papers on New Measures for Managers of Public Funds
Deacons, August 2020

On 31 July 2020, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) issued consultation papers on Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Public-offered Securities Investment Fund Managers (the Measures, available here in Chinese)and the Provisions on Issues concerning the Implementation of the Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Public-offered Securities Investment Fund Managers (the Implementation Provisions, available here in Chinese)...

COVID-19 Anti-Epidemic Fund: Second Tranche of Employment Support Scheme Announced
Deacons, August 2020

On 8 April 2020, the Government rolled out the first tranche of the Employment Support Scheme (ESS) for subsidising wages of employees (see our client alerts dated 14 and 20 May 2020 for details of the ESS and its implementation). The Government has just announced details of the second tranche of the ESS covering September to November 2020, which are summarised below...

The Guangdong Government Promulgated Implementation Plan of the “Opinions on Financial Support for the Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area”
Deacons, August 2020

Background On 24 April 2020, the People’s Bank of China, China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, China Securities Regulatory Commission and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange jointly released the “Opinions on Financial Support for the Development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area” (Opinions)...

Hong Kong Stock Exchange Proposes to Enhance Disciplinary Regime to Deter Misconduct
Deacons, August 2020

On 7 August 2020, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Exchange) published a consultation paper on proposed changes in respect of the Exchange’s disciplinary regime. The proposals have a particular emphasis on strengthening the Exchange’s powers to hold accountable, and impose appropriate sanctions on, individuals responsible for misconduct and breaches of the Listing Rules...

The Madrid Protocol is Finally on its Way
Deacons, August 2020

Did you know? The new Trade Marks (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 which came into effect on 19 June 2020 empowers the Registrar of Trade Marks to make the rules for implementing the long-awaited Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (the “Madrid Protocol”) in Hong Kong...

Cross-Border Marriages: Connection Substantial Enough to Divorce in Hong Kong?
Deacons, August 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has been reshaping many personal relationships. Cracks in some family relationships have been exacerbated due to high-pressure confinement under the same roof in lockdown. Such rise in marital conflicts has inevitably caused more breakdown of marriages. Amongst these cases, are families who have homes or businesses both in Hong Kong and Mainland China, who need to consider whether the divorce proceedings should be instituted in Hong Kong or Mainland China...

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF)’s Reports on Risks of Virtual Assets
Deacons, August 2020

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recently published a report on its 12-month review of the Revised FATF Standards on Virtual Assets and Virtual Asset Service Providers, and a report on so-called stablecoins which highlighted associated risks of money laundering/terrorism financing (“ML/TF”)...

The Global Financial Markets Association’s (GFMA) comments on challenges raised by “Global Stablecoin” Arrangements
Deacons, August 2020

The GFMA recently provided its response to the Financial Stability Board’s (“FSB”) consultation paper (“the Paper”) titled Addressing The Regulatory, Supervisory And Oversight Challenges Raised By “Global Stablecoin” Arrangements. The GFMA put forward certain recommendations to support the implementation of global stablecoin (“GSC”) arrangements provided for in the Paper...

The Hong Kong Money Authority (HKMA)’s Guidance for banks on Climate Risk Practices
Deacons, August 2020

The Hong Kong Money Authority (HKMA) published a White Paper on 30 June 2020 to set out its recommendations and supervisory expectations on green and sustainable banking around four areas: governance, strategy, risk management and disclosure. The HKMA advised AIs which are subsidiaries of international banks to assess relevance of any parent bank’s climate policy in the context of its Hong Kong operations and ensure that local specialties are addressed...

APLMA/LMA/LSTA Joint Guidance Papers on Green Loan Principles and Sustainability Linked Loan Principles
Deacons, August 2020

In May 2020, the Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA), the Loan Market Association (LMA) and the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) jointly published two guidance papers on green loan principles and sustainability linked loan principles, seeking to address some of the most frequently asked questions about green loans and sustainability linked loans (SLLs)...

Updated Guideline on Minimum Criteria for Authorisation under the Banking Ordinance (the “Guideline”) Issued by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“MA”)
Deacons, August 2020

On 10 July 2020, the MA issued an updated Guideline, superseding the 2018 version. The Guideline provides guidance in relation to the Banking Ordinance’s minimum criteria for obtaining a banking or deposit taking license. Several technical changes have been made following recent changes to the supervisory regime...

London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) Reform
Deacons, August 2020

(a) ARRC’s best practice for completing LIBOR transition In May 2020, the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC), the industry group formed in 2014 to lead the LIBOR transition in the United States, published a set of recommended best practices (“Best Practices”) to help market participants to prepare for the discontinuation of LIBOR by the end of 2021...

Non-US Financial Institutions may Address Risks of Secondary Sanctions in Contracts
Deacons, August 2020

In the recent English case of Lamesa Investments v Cynergy Bank [2020] EWCA Civ 821, the Court of Appeal (“CA”) affirmed the High Court (“HC”)’s ruling that non-US financial institution borrower Cynergy’s (a) refusal to pay Lamesa did not constitute a default where the ultimate beneficial owner of Lamesa remained a blocked person under US sanctions law based on a clause in the facility agreement that Cynergy would not be at fault if a sum was not paid

The Mainland Proposed Financial Support Measures for the Development of the Greater Bay Area
Deacons, August 2020

Four mainland financial and monetary authorities, including the People’s Bank of China, proposed measures from five perspectives to support construction of the Greater Bay Area (“GBA”) in the Opinions on Financial Support for the Construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (the “Opinions”). The measures mentioned in the Opinions are summarised below with a focus on the banking sector...

COVID-19 Outbreak and the Hong Kong Construction Industry
Deacons, August 2020

On 27 July 2020, the Centre for Health Protection reported a large-scale outbreak cluster on a construction site at the Peak with 13 workers of Kin Shing (Leung’s) General Contractors Limited being infected with COVID-19. Over 100 people work in the same construction site on a daily basis...

Arrangement for Mutual Service of Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Cases Between Hong Kong and Macao Came into Force on 1 August 2020
Deacons, August 2020

By virtue of the Rules of the High Court (Amendment) Rules 2020 and Rules of the District Court (Amendment) Rules 2020, the Arrangement for Mutual Service of Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Cases between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Macao Special Administrative Region (Arrangement) came into force on 1 August 2020. Under the Arrangement the Hong Kong and Macao courts may entrust each other with the service of judicial documents...

How Parties Structure their Relationship may Affect Tortious Liability
Deacons, August 2020

In John Innes Foundation and Others v. Vertiv Infrastructure Limited [2020] EWHC 19 (TCC), England’s Technology and Construction Court had to decide whether a sub-contractor to a managing agent maintaining standby power equipment was liable to the owners of premises for failure to make site visits and therefore identify that batteries (said to have caused a fire on the premises) needed replacing...

Court Held that Jurisdiction Clause in Settlement Agreement Superseded Arbitration Clause in Original Agreement
Deacons, August 2020

The recent case of Bond Tak (Holdings) Ltd v King Fame Trading Ltd, HCA 2129/2018, concerned an application by the Defendant to dismiss or permanently stay the High Court action on the grounds that the dispute was subject to an arbitration agreement and should be submitted to arbitration or, alternatively, the action should be stayed on the grounds of forum non conveniens and in favour of the Intermediate People’s Court of Guangzhou City in Mainland China (Guangzhou Court)...

Court Set Aside Order to Enforce Arbitral Award for Material Non-Disclosure
Deacons, August 2020

In the recent case of 1955 Capital Fund I GP LLC & ANOR v Global Industrial Investment Ltd, HCCT 61/2019, Hong Kong’s Court of First Instance set aside an Enforcement Order, whereby the Applicants had been given leave to enforce in Hong Kong an arbitration award (Award) made in California. The Court found that there had been material non-disclosure by the Applicants in their affidavit in support of the application for the Enforcement Order...

Hong Kong Stock Exchange Consults on Paperless IPO and Online Display of Documents
Deacons, August 2020

On 24 July 2020, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Exchange) published a consultation paper seeking public feedback on proposals to introduce a paperless listing and subscription regime, online display of documents and a reduction of the types of documents on display...

 

 

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