This article was written by Monique Carroll with the assistance of Philippa Robinson.

As foreshadowed in our article Staying Ahead of the Curve on Anti-Bribery and Corruption in Australia, the Australian Government has now introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017 (Cth) (“Bill”) into parliament which clarifies and increases the scope of conduct caught by foreign bribery offences and introduces a scheme encouraging self-reporting of breaches. 
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By Chang Junfeng, Gan Yulai and Deng Zhe King & Wood Mallesons’ Dispute Resolution group.

Is insider trading still under severe crackdown? 

Insider trading had always been the closely focused subject of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (the “CSRC”) in the recent years. In 2017, it became the top priority of the CSRC. According to the Bulletin of the China Securities Regulatory Commission Regarding Cases Handled in H1 2017, in the first half of 2017, the CSRC launched a total of 302 preliminary/formal investigations, 140 of which were new insider trading cases, making up 46% of the total number of investigations. Among these new insider trading cases, the CSRC initiated preliminary investigations into 104 of them and filed formal investigations into 36. In addition, on 7 July 2017, the CSRC issued the third batch of cases under investigation, with a heavy focus placed on insider trading.
Continue Reading Punishment and Conviction in Recent Insider Trading Cases

By Chen Yun (Robert) and Liang Yixuan King & Wood Mallesons’ Finance & Capital Markets group

2017 has been a busy year for Chinese regulators with the CBRC, CSRC and CIRC issuing dozens of decrees, circulars and rules aimed at cleaning up the country’s financial markets and controlling its financial risks. In particular, CBRC issued 8 circulars in just a few days from late March to early April, launching a strong regulatory campaign in the banking sector against what is known as the “3 (three types of violations) 3 (three types of arbitrages) 4 (four types of improper conducts)“.  
Continue Reading The knives are out – Penalties in the banking sector point towards a regulatory storm