By Richard Mazzochi, Minny Siu, Jack Wang, Molly Su,  Jia Zhihang, Jessie Ng and Xi Suodi. King & Wood Mallesons

Introduction

After MSCI’s recent announcement on the inclusion of China A-Shares in its Emerging Markets Index and other major global indexes, the inaugurated launch of the long-awaited Bond Connect scheme today marks another significant breakthrough in China’s capital market development, coinciding with the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the formal establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Continue Reading From Stock Connect to Bond Connect – The first northbound trade under Bond Connect launches today

By Richard Mazzochi and Minny Siu King & Wood Mallesons’ Hong Kong office.

mazzochi_rsiu_mWhat does the FSDC report recommend?

The Financial Services Development Council (“FSDC”) has just released its review of Hong Kong’s listed structured products market. The FSDC published its report on 18 April 2017. The report sets out the FSDC’s key findings following its comprehensive review of the listed structured products market, particularly in comparison to European markets.

King & Wood Mallesons, represented by Richard Mazzochi and Minny Siu, partners of KWM’s banking and finance department in Hong Kong, advised the FSDC working group on its report. “We are honoured to be invited by the FSDC to work alongside other industry members on this timely initiative by the FSDC. Hong Kong is a leading global structured products market. This review and its recommendations will assist Hong Kong maintain its position as a leading global structured products market and wealth management and investment centre in Asia.” said Richard Mazzochi and Minny Siu. Continue Reading KWM assists the FSDC on its recent report on “Optimising Hong Kong’s Listed Structured Products Market”

By Paul Starr, James McKenzie and Nicholas Lee. King & Wood Mallesons’ Hong Kong office.

starr_pIn the recently released “Report on Third Party Funding for Arbitration” (“Report”) the Law Reform Commission (“LRC”) has recommended that the Arbitration Ordinance (Cap. 609) be amended to permit third party funding in arbitration, mediation and litigation proceedings under the Arbitration Ordinance.

Though the reform still awaits passage through Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, should it go ahead it is likely to herald a flurry of activity in the funding space, with several funders having already set up shop in Hong Kong over the past 18 months in anticipation of the reform.

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By Paul Starr King & Wood Mallesons’ Hong Kong office

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China’s Belt and Road initiative brings new investment opportunities but also an increased need for careful risk management. Prior to entering into any investments, it is important for contracting parties to consider their dispute resolution options and to ensure these are properly reflected in the contracts.

Arbitration has advantages over litigation, particularly when the courts closest to an investment are in countries where investors may be less familiar with the legal system. This case study discusses the advantages of opting for a Hong Kong seated arbitration. Confidentiality protections provided for by Hong Kong arbitration law and the near-global mutual enforcement of arbitral awards are key benefits for contracting parties.

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By Edmund Wan , Teng Haidi, James McKenzie, Yu Qing and Jack Nelson. King & Wood Mallesons

wan_eteng_haidiIntroduction

The foundational instrument for the enforcement of international arbitral awards, the New York Convention (the “Convention”),[1] has made arbitral awards readily enforceable across the world but, in application, the Convention remains reliant upon the divide between domestic and international arbitration awards.

Cross-border enforcement of arbitral awards within the constitutional principle of “one country, two systems” and between the People’s Republic of China (the “Mainland”) and Hong Kong in 1997 threw this limitation into sharp relief. Indeed, reunification brought about a wholly unsatisfactory state of affairs where Hong Kong awards were, for a period of time, unenforceable in the Mainland, and vice-versa. The solution to this problem, brokered between the authorities of Hong Kong and the Mainland, was a bespoke agreement, the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Between the Mainland and Hong Kong (the “Arrangement”).

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By Neil Carabine and James Wilkinson King & Wood Mallesons.

INeiln the first six months since the Competition Ordinance (Cap. 619) came into full effect, businesses and trade associations have been active in reviewing their contracts and conduct to ensure compliance with the new law. The Competition Commission and Communications Authority, meanwhile, have received numerous complaints and queries in relation to potential breaches of the law.

In this article, we highlight some of the key developments since Hong Kong’s cross-sector competition law took effect in December 2015.

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By Neil Carabine, Richard Mazzochi, Urszula McCormack and James Wilkinson King & Wood Mallesons’ Hong Kong Office

Hong Kong’s new competition law is now in effect and applies to all financial institutions in Hong Kong. Numerous financial institutions and payment systems participants have faced penalties by competition authorities overseas for anti-competitive conduct, and similar fines may now be imposed in Hong Kong. It is therefore vital that financial institutions ensure their compliance programs, internal reviews and leniency strategies contemplate Hong Kong where appropriate.

In this article, we provide an outline of the new Hong Kong competition rules and compliance tips for financial institutions.

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By Raymond Wong King & Wood Mallesons’ Hong Kong Office.

T黄志豪he Hong Kong Competition Ordinance (Cap. 619) (the “Ordinance”) will be fully implemented on 14 December 2015 in Hong Kong. Like competition laws in other jurisdictions, the Ordinance aims to protect and promote fair market competition by prohibiting certain conduct that prevents, restricts or distorts competition in Hong Kong.

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By Justin Lo, Alan Zhang and Alice Leung, King & Wood Mallesons’ Hong Kong Office

The growth in cross-border investment has led to more complex relationships between commercial parties, particularly where foreign elements are involved. Commercial parties are increasingly choosing international arbitration as the means to resolve their disputes.

For parties considering arbitration in the Asia Pacific Region, Hong Kong is an attractive arbitral venue for a number of reasons.

Independent and robust legal system

Hong Kong’s legal system is based on the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and preserves the common law. The World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report for 2013 and 2014 ranked Hong Kong number four in terms of judicial independence out of 148 jurisdictions, ahead of the UK, the US, Singapore and many members states of the European Union.

Hong Kong’s legal professionals are fully experienced and capable of providing clients with diversified professional legal advice and related services. Arbitrators in Hong Kong are regarded as independent and highly experienced in dealing with cross border commercial disputes. As such, Hong Kong is seen as a more attractive arbitration hub for domestic and foreign parties to resolve their disputes. Continue Reading Why should parties consider Hong Kong as an arbitral venue?

By Minny Siu, Hayden Flinn and Cindy Shek, King & Wood Mallesons Hong Kong Office

Minny SiuHayden FlinnThe regulatory framework and application details for mutual recognition of publicly offered funds (MRF) between the Mainland and Hong Kong were finally released after almost 2 years of market expectation. The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) signed a Memorandum of Regulatory Cooperation concerning Mutual Recognition of Funds between the Mainland and Hong Kong (Memorandum) on 22 May 2015, confirming the launch of MRF on 1 July 2015. Continue Reading Mutual recognition of funds between the Mainland and Hong Kong