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  1. Business - Money - REGULATION

    Hong Kong securities watchdog to tighten rules on sale of risky products

    Posted Sep 26th 2014, 05:09am by Enoch Yiu

    ... for their professional investor clients. The regulator said it received 51 submissions on the proposal. At present, such tests apply only to ordinary retail investors and not professional investors ... and modified a controversial requirement that would have forced financial firms to sign client agreements with professional investors. Many financial firms were worried the requirement would lead ...

  2. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    Anti-money laundering crackdown to shift onus to China banks

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:40am by DON WEINLAND

    ... themselves. By moving towards a system where banks take responsibility for assessing their clients, instead of checking off a list of possible infractions, the mainland is moving more in line ...

  3. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    HKMA blames StanChart's NY office for anti-money laundering failures

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 01:28am by DON WEINLAND

    ... Services said on Tuesday Standard Chartered's New York branch failed to flag high-risk transactions from clients in Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. In response, the bank will temporarily suspend dollar-clearing services to "certain retail business clients" in Hong Kong and pay its second fine to the US in two years. In 2012, it was fined US$667 million. Clients ...

  4. Business - China Business - REGULATION

    Mainland security checks on hi-tech systems could favour domestic suppliers

    Posted May 24th 2014, 01:52am by BIEN PEREZ

    ... of high-technology products "to illegally control, disrupt or shut down their clients' systems, or to gather, store, process or use their clients' information". Xinhua said products ... declined to comment. German firm SAP, the world's top supplier of business-management software, is likely to monitor the vetting system's progress as its "cloud computing" ...

  5. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    Banks learn about the difference in US and HK money-laundering rules

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:34am by ENOCH YIU AND DON WEINLAND

    ... branch failed to flag high-risk transactions from clients in Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. In December 2012, HSBC Holdings agreed to pay US$1.92 billion in fines to settle charges ... tracking suspect transactions. "KYC [know-your-client] type rules in the US have been around since the 1970s, with a sharp uptick since 911 and the enactment of the [anti-terrorism] Patriot ...

  6. Business - China Business - REGULATION

    Qianhai currency reform gives hope to China financial liberalisation

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 03:40am by Jeanny Yu

    ... flight. Those fears were underscored by reports that a number of mainland banks were helping clients illegally transfer large amounts of capital overseas. The mainland recorded net overall inflows ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - REGULATION

    Global watchdog unveils plan to stop currency manipulation

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 01:15am by BLOOM

    ... including extending the length of the one-minute windows on which the benchmark is based, and making firms set up systems to address potential conflicts of interest with their clients ... their clients' positions with counterparts at other banks in the minutes before 4pm, and agreed to push trades through together during the fix to maximise their impact on the benchmark. The Bank ...

  8. Property - International - REGULATION

    Curbs on funds transfer could hurt Chinese investment in overseas property

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 11:48am by Peggy Sito

    ... Television accused the bank of engaging in money laundering for clients through that service. Another property consultant, who arranges sales of overseas properties in Hong Kong, said that individual mainland buyers would have difficulty funding their purchases if BOC decided to terminate the remittance service. "In our experience, most mainland clients have already lined up capital ...

  9. Business - Companies - REGULATION

    Ex-clients quizzed in probe of deVere

    Posted Dec 31st 2013, 01:07am by Benjamin Robertson and Jasper Moiseiwitsch

    ... Benjamin Robertson and Jasper Moiseiwitsch Confederation of Insurance Brokers declines to comment on investigation into possible regulatory breaches by financial advisory firm Ex-clients quizzed in probe of deVere Former clients of the world's largest expatriate financial advisory firm, deVere, say they have been contacted by Hong Kong investigators probing possible ...

  10. Business - Money - REGULATION

    Fatca rules still a pain for Hong Kong firms despite tax deal

    Posted May 19th 2014, 03:22am by Enoch Yiu

    ... in Washington on the accounts of clients who are US citizens or permanent residents in a move to prevent tax avoidance. Those that fail to do so face a 30 per cent withholding tax penalty on their US income. The law has been widely criticised because it effectively turns financial firms into arms of the US tax agency. Many firms are getting around the problem by avoiding taking on US clients ...




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