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Putting a stop to slavery: Hong Kong reforms on the horizon?

This post was written by Urszula McCormack and Nikita Ajwani With an estimated 40.3 million slavery victims globally[1], and an estimated 29,500 victims of trafficking in Hong Kong alone[2], the development of regulations surrounding modern slavery has a substantial impact on the welfare of millions of people.  We are now at a critical pivot point for Hong Kong, with an …

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“Sorry, not sorry” – what do you need to know about the apology legislation in Hong Kong?

On 13 July 2017, the Hong Kong Legislative Council (“LegCo”) passed the long-awaited Apology Bill. It came into effect on …

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Hong Kong customer due diligence requirements: address proof no longer required

Hong Kong’s financial institution regulators have announced a significant change to the customer due diligence (“CDD“) requirements for anti-money laundering …

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Big data and international cooperation – potential impacts for insider dealing actions

Charges for insider dealing are ripe for news headlines – often involving covert arrangements between individuals and driven by greed …

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Bringing it all together: Wolfsberg issues fresh anti-bribery and corruption guidance

We have recently covered corruption and bribery across sport, business and politics. In a timely development, the Wolfsberg Group, an …

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Hong Kong’s home-grown football scandal: ICAC brings charges for match-fixing

Another day, another football scandal but this time it’s close to home. On 28 June 2017, Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against …

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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge hit by corruption scandal

A construction contractor in Hong Kong has been suspended and its staff arrested for corruption in relation to the alleged …

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“Ivory laundering”: What you should know about developments in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Legislative Council (“Legco”) is currently considering passing stricter regulation and penalties for illicit animal and plant trafficking, …

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FIFA corruption scandal continues

In April 2015 we considered the FIFA scandal and how the allegations interacted with the obligations on financial institutions in …

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Picasso, diamonds and gambling – where are things up to on the 1MDB scandal?

1Malyasia Development Berhad (“1MDB”) has made international headlines again with international celebrities continuing to be embroiled in the scandal. We …

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Buying an SFC-licensed entity? 5 things you should know

On 2 June 2017, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued a circular about responsible officers and substantial shareholders (June Circular).  …

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