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Time to Apply for Subsidies for Open-Ended Fund Companies and REITs
Deacons, May 2021

Following announcements during the 2021-22 Budget by the Finance Secretary Paul Chan, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) issued on 10 May 2021 details of the grant scheme available for Hong Kong open-ended fund companies (OFCs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs)...

Salaries Tax Alert: Decision of the Court of First Instance in Dr Leung Ka-Lau v CIR [2021] HKCFI 1117
Deacons, May 2021

Factual background The taxpayer, Dr Leung, was a medical doctor employed by the Hospital Authority (“HA”). Part of the conditions of his employment was that he was required to be ‘on call’ on certain days including Sundays and public holidays. When ‘on call’, he was obligated, among other things, to be within the physical proximity of the hospital, to be ready to render medical services if the need arose, and to abstain from drinking alcohol...

China Data Privacy Update – Enhanced Scrutiny of “Bundled Consent”
Deacons, April 2021

Did you know? The Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Online Transactions (“Measures”) released by the PRC State Administration for Market Regulation will come into force on 1 May 2021 and will replace the previous rules implemented in 2014. Among other things, the Measures impose more stringent requirements against the common practice of “bundled consent”...

Hong Kong Proposes New Rules Enhancing Deductibility of Foreign Tax
Deacons, April 2021

The Government of Hong Kong gazetted the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2021 (the “Bill”) on 19 March which, among other things, seeks to amend the Inland Revenue Ordinance (“IRO”) to expand and clarify the scope of profits tax deductions for foreign taxes...

Hong Kong Stock Exchange proposes to enhance corporate governance code
Deacons, April 2021

On 16 April 2021, The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Exchange) published a consultation paper outlining proposed enhancements to the Corporate Governance Code and Corporate Governance Report (Code) set out in Appendix 14 to the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on the Exchange (Rules), as well as related amendments to the Rules...

OFC – An Alternative Structure for SFC-Authorized Funds
Deacons, April 2021

On 24 February 2021, Hong Kong’s Finance Secretary Paul Chan delivered the 2021-22 Budget which highlighted upcoming government initiatives to promote the establishment of and re-domiciliation of offshore funds to Hong Kong using the Hong Kong open-ended fund company structure (OFC)...

Delegation by Managers under Hong Kong’s OFC Regime
Deacons, April 2021

An open-ended fund company (OFC) must at all times have an investment manager (Fund Manager) who is responsible for managing the scheme property. To bring in expertise in respect of a specific market or strategy or for other various reasons, Fund Managers may engage sub-managers, advisors or delegates. The delegation of the investment management function by a Fund Manager is permissible under the OFC regime...

Disciplinary Action Highlights the Need for Compliance with Sales and Suitability Regulations and Licensing Conditions
Deacons, April 2021

The SFC’s recent public reprimand and fine of HK$6.3 million against a licensed corporation (the Company) brings various provisions of the Code of Conduct and Internal Control Guidelines to the forefront. It also highlights the need for licensed corporations to fully comply with any licensing conditions. Outlined in this article are the key facts of this case and a summary of what licensed intermediaries can learn from this disciplinary action...

China Introduces Pharma-Friendly Revisions to Patent Examination Guidelines
Deacons, April 2021

Did you know? The Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) revised Patent Examination Guidelines came into force on 15 January 2021. The changes significantly relax the patentability requirements for inventions in the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotech field. Why does this matter to you? The revised guidelines focus on the examination criteria for novelty and inventive step in relation to the rapidly developing field of chemical and biotech inventions...

Li Yiqing v Lamtex Holdings – A Shift of Emphasis in Relation to the Hong Kong Court’s Recognition of Foreign Insolvency Proceedings
Deacons, April 2021

The recent Court of First Instance decision in Li Yiqing v Lamtex Holdings Limited [2021] HKCFI 622 (11 March 2021) is a landmark decision in cross-border insolvency law in Hong Kong, in which the Court held that when it is considering the recognition of foreign insolvency proceedings, regard should not simply be had to the place of incorporation of the relevant company, but that in a departure from previous practice, the location of the company’s centre of main interest (COMI) is

Banks Not Required to Act as Detectives or Fraud Detectors
Deacons, April 2021

There has been an increasing number of fraud cases, in particular cyber fraud cases, around the world. Some victims of fraud have sought redress from banks for failing to detect the fraud and refrain from processing their instructions by relying on the Quincecare duty (i.e...

Arbitral Award Against a Wrong Party Set Aside
Deacons, April 2021

In the recent case of AB V CD, HCCT 27/2020, 18 February 2021the Court granted the application of AB Engineering, to set aside a HKIAC arbitral award made against it in Hong Kong, finding that it was not a party to the relevant agreement containing the arbitration clause (Agreement)...

Proposed Lowering of Statutory Limit of Effective Rate of Interest Stipulated in the Money Lenders Ordinance (Cap. 163)
Deacons, April 2021

The Financial Services Branch of the Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau (the “FSB”) issued a letter on 1 April 2021 to all licensed money lenders setting out the Government’s proposal to revise the statutory interest rate cap and extortionate rate for money lending stipulated in the Money Lenders Ordinance (Cap. 163) (“MLO”)...

HKIAC 2020 Statistics
Deacons, April 2021

The HKIAC’s statistics for 2020 reveal that in 2020 the HKIAC received a record number of arbitration filings (the highest number received in over a decade) and the total amount in dispute in the arbitrations was another record high. Most hearings were fully or partially virtual, which is unsurprising given the pandemic outbreak last year. The following are some of the more notable statistics: 483 new cases were submitted to the HKIAC in 2020...

Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 Comes into Effect 19 May 2021
Deacons, April 2021

In our previous article, we reported on the Supplemental Arrangement Concerning Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between Mainland China and the HKSAR (Supplemental Arrangement) made on 27 November 2020, which made certain revisions to the Arrangement Concerning Mutual Enforcement of Arbitral Awards between Mainland China and the HKSAR, as follows: Recognition of arbitral awards -The Supplemental Arrangement clarified that the procedures set out in the Arrangement shall be in

England’s Court Rules in Favour of Contractor for Unpaid Retention
Deacons, April 2021

In DR Jones Yeovil Ltd v The Stepping Stone Group Ltd [2020] EWHC 2308 (TCC), England’s Technology and Construction Court ruled in favour of a contractor in its claim for unpaid retention under a JCT contract and dismissed the employer’s counterclaim for alleged defects. Certificates of Making Good were never issued and one of the questions before the court was whether that meant there could be no recovery of the balance of retention...

Court of Appeal Rules on Meaning of “Default” in Construction Contract
Deacons, April 2021

The appeal in ABC Electrification Ltd v Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 1645, concerned the proper construction of a Target Cost Contract based upon the standard Institute of Civil Engineers Conditions of Contract, Target Cost Version, First Edition (ICE Conditions) and subject to standard amendments commonly used in the rail industry, known as Network Rail 12 (N12 Amendments)...

Court Finds Flat Owner Liable for Water Leakage Caused by Alteration Works
Deacons, April 2021

In the recent case of Cheng Pan & Anor v Yau Lai Wah, HCA 376/2015, the Court held the Defendant liable for loss and damage caused by water leakage from his property into a neighbouring property, which resulted from the Defendant’s contractors carrying out works to pipes located in the Defendant’s property...

Europe and China Cooperate on PCT Searching
Deacons, April 2021

Did you know? The Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and European Patent Office (EPO) recently announced a pilot-programme, which will be of particular interest to Chinese and multinational companies with R&D in Mainland China and Hong Kong, especially if they wish to file patents in Europe, US or other jurisdictions outside of Mainland China...

Draft Technical Circular on the Implementation of the Spirit of Security of Payment Legislation in Public Works Contracts
Deacons, March 2021

Since the consultation document on Proposed Security of Payment Legislation (SOPL) for the Construction Industry in June 2015 and the report of the consultation in April 2016, the SOPL Bill has yet to be put before the Legislative Council for consideration. The Government released a draft Technical Circular on the Implementation of the Spirit of Security of Payment Legislation in Public Works Contracts (Draft Circular) and a reference document in mid-March 2021...

Progress towards a paperless securities market for Hong Kong
Deacons, March 2021

On 19 March 2021, the Hong Kong Government gazetted the Securities and Futures and Companies Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2021 (the Bill). The Bill provides for an uncertificated securities market (USM) regime which will allow investors to hold securities in their own names without paper documents...

Fund Managers’ Duties Under the Open-Ended Fund Company Regime
Deacons, March 2021

An increasing number of investment managers in Hong Kong are considering the adoption of the open-ended fund company (OFC) structure following announcements by the government of subsidy initiatives to cover 70% of expenses paid to local professional service providers for the establishment of OFCs and the re-domiciliation of funds as OFCs. As a key operator of an OFC, the investment manager should be well informed of its obligations and duties under the OFC regime...

Impact of the EU’s SFDR on Hong Kong Fund Managers
Deacons, March 2021

The European Union’s (EU’s) Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) imposes disclosure obligations on fund managers and other EU regulated firms regarding environment, social or governance (ESG) issues. The SFDR disclosure obligations came into effect on 10 March 2021. I was recently approached by Ignites Asia – a Financial Times service – for an interview on how the SFDR may impact Hong Kong fund managers. Below is an extract. 1...

Significant Penalty for Failure to Comply with Hong Kong Short Position Reporting
Deacons, March 2021

A recent Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) disciplinary action is a reminder of the need for managers to ensure there are systems and procedures in place to meet the short position reporting obligations of the funds that they manage. The SFC reprimanded and fined an asset manager HK$3...

Insurance (Group Capital) Rules
Deacons, March 2021

The Insurance Authority has recently gazetted the Insurance (Group Capital) Rules. They will come into effect on 29th March, the same day as the Insurance (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance which makes provision for the Insurance Authority to supervise on a consolidated basis designated insurance holding companies and members of their supervised group (see our Client Alert dated 27th May, 2020 regarding designated insurance holding companies)...

 

 

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