On 8 February 2021, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong* (the “SFC”) issued a consultation paper[1] (the “Consultation Paper”) which, if enacted as proposed, would have a far-reaching impact on the way in which public offerings of equity and debt securities are made in Hong Kong SAR. Comments to the Consultation Paper will be open through 7 May 2021. The Consultation Paper was issued exactly one week after the end of the consultation period (1 February 2021) for a consultation paper by The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “SEHK”) that dealt with increasing the profit requirement for the Main Board.[2] That earlier consultation paper by the SEHK generated much debate from certain market participants and we expect that the Consultation Paper will likewise invite significant discussion in the industry.
Continue Reading SFC’s Consultation: Bookbuilding and Placing in ECM & DCM

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) remains at the forefront in corporate restructuring & insolvency and onshore and offshore debt issuance, having recently advised on three offshore liability management transactions. These transactions involved cash tender and exchange offer of New York law governed high-yield notes.
Continue Reading KWM Hong Kong maintains robust track record in offshore liability management transactions

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

On 6 February 2018, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) published a revised Guideline on Authorization of Virtual Banks (“Guideline”). The Guideline sets out principles that the HKMA will consider when deciding whether to authorise virtual banks to conduct banking business in Hong Kong.
Continue Reading Virtual banking in Hong Kong and China

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


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

By Paul Starr King & Wood Mallesons’ Hong Kong office


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

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


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

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