In this session, we provided an overview of green bond issuances in Asia, covering their exploding popularity, the Green Bond Standards (2017) and the various sub-sets of green bonds such as climate bonds, as well as the legal and documentation considerations and issues in practice.
Companies Ordinance: the Significant Controllers Register (and licensing requirements for Trust or Company Service Providers) (February 2018)
From 1 March 2018, Hong Kong incorporated companies (unless exempt) will be required to maintain a register of individuals and/or certain legal entities with significant control over them, namely the significant controllers register. Non-compliance with the requirements is a criminal offence. Concurrently, a licensing regime for trust or company service providers will take effect on 1 March 2018.
Clifford Chance held a lunchtime seminar on "Legal Innovation" presented by Bas Boris Visser (Global Partner for Innovation and Business Change) and Oliver Campbell (Global Head of Client Service Solutions) who are based in our Amsterdam and London offices, respectively.
It has been over four years since China’s Belt and Road Initiative was launched by President Xi. Is it now finally starting to gather momentum? Has it achieved its stated aims? Does Hong Kong stand to gain from this initiative and if so, how?
Clifford Chance held seminar on "Outbound Investment in Continental Europe" on 15 November 2017 presented by partners from our offices in the EU, Marc Bartholomy (Moscow), Laurent Schoenstein (Paris), Umberto Penco Salvi (Milan), Samir Azzouzi (Madrid) and Stefanie Tetz (Munich).
Clifford Chance held a lunchtime seminar on "China's Recent Restrictions on Capital Outflows" on 18 October 2017 presented by Emma Davies, Jay Liang and Clara Shirota.
When good deals go bad - identifying, avoiding and dealing with fraudulent investments (September 2017)
Clifford Chance held a lunchtime seminar on "When good deals go bad - identifying, avoiding and dealing with fraudulent investments" on 13 September 2017 presented by Cameron Hassall, Richard Sharpe, Thomas Walsh, Bryan Koo, Clara Shirota and Yvonne Shek.
Clifford Chance's seminar on the new Hong Kong Resolution Regime for Financial Institutions was presented by Francis Edwards, Matt Fairclough, Donna Walker, Joanna Charter and Helen Fok.
Clifford Chance held a lunchtime seminar on "Hong Kong Tax Update: Tax Concessions Supporting Hong Kong's Role as an International Financial Centre" on 26 July 2017 presented by Tony Fay.
Hybrid and perpetual securities have been a popular product for corporate issuers in recent years, with the market seeing a number of high profile transactions.
US economic sanctions – navigating the challenges and best practices to ensure compliance (September 2016)
In this seminar, we explored the challenges in navigating the current landscape of US economic sanctions and best practices which can help protect your organisation from increasing risks.
The opening of the China interbank bond market to overseas investors represents the most important development in the PRC's market liberalisation plan since the launch of the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme.
Fintech companies are disrupting traditional banking and financial services. Financial institutions will increasingly have to compete, collaborate or concede to these challengers.
Unfortunately, slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century. The illegal practice of modern slavery blights every country in the world – from forced labour in sweatshops producing goods for global supply chains, to women forced into prostitution and children forced to work to pay off generational debts.
On 20 April 2016 we looked in detail at some of the key considerations in funds financings, including management fee financings, lending to partnerships, typical financing structures, due diligence and documentation issues, as well as security.
On 18 April 2016 we held the first in a series of updates on Brexit and its implications for the Hong Kong market.
This session assessed how investment treaties may be utilised to reduce sovereign risk in cross-border investments. Investor protections under investment treaties were explained, particularly in light of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other recent treaties that affect Asia.
Post-FATCA, global financial institutions are gearing up for the next wave of taxpayer information disclosure under the new Automatic Exchange of Information Rules (AEOI). The OECD has promulgated a new Common Reporting Standard by which governments will be able to bilaterally exchange information on their respective tax residents. In this presentation, we discussed how AEOI works, the timeline, how it differs from FATCA, and the key issues facing financial institutions in implementing AEOI.
With the Financial Institutions (Resolution) Bill making its way through Hong Kong's LegCo and a number of institutions already being asked to prepare recovery plans by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, this session looked at the proposed legislation.
With macroeconomic slowdown in China, and across Asia Pacific, forcing many companies to consider a debt restructuring, we presented an overview of options available in connection with restructuring and insolvency procedures in the region as well as associated liability management exercises for businesses that have capital markets debt (with a focus on high yield debt).
In this session our speakers provided a broad overview and refresher on sovereign and crown immunity under Hong Kong law, what it means, when and how it arises, and what protections are available in terms of deal structure and terms.
This session provided an overview of one of the key components of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive, which became effective from 1 January 2016.
While the nine month postponement of the margin requirements for non-centrally cleared OTC derivatives provides the industry with much needed time to prepare, market participants still face a challenging task in implementing the necessary documentary, operational and technological changes by September 2016. In this session, Francis Edwards, Paul Landless and Terry Yang examined the key legal, regulatory and documentation challenges for implementing the new margin requirements in Asia Pacific. Lena Ng also provided the latest insight on the main issues arising from the Singapore MAS consultation paper on amendments to the Securities and Futures Act.