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Legal Developments in the Philippines: Focus on Data Privacy, Digital Banks and FinTech
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2021

This bulletin is on recent Philippine legal developments in data privacy, fintech and digital banks. PRIVACY UPDATE Caring about Sharing: New Rules on Data Sharing Agreements On December 23, 2020, the Philippine data privacy regulator, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) issued NPC Circular No. 2020-03 on data sharing agreements (2020 DSA Circular).1 The circular supersedes NPC Circular No...

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (“HKMA”) – AML/CFT Regtech: Case Studies and Insights
Deacons, February 2021

The HKMA published a report titled “AML/CFT Regtech: Case Studies and Insights” highlighting the opportunities that Regtech offers to transform the effectiveness and efficiency of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (“AML/CFT”) efforts, and sharing end-to-end approaches which worked in real-life examples...

Financial Stability Institute (“FSI”) Publishes Bank for International Settlement (“BIS”) Research Paper on Fintech Regulation
Deacons, February 2021

The FSI has published the BIS’s research paper titled “Fintech regulation: how to achieve a level playing field” in February 2021 (the “Paper”). The Paper explores how regulation should evolve to encourage fair competition between traditional banks and new fintech and big tech players...

New Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (“ASIFMA”) Report on Data Challenges and Opportunities for ESG and Sustainable Finance in APAC
Deacons, February 2021

ASIFMA, together with the Future of Sustainable Data Alliance, published a paper entitled “Data Challenges and Opportunities for ESG and Sustainable Finance in Asia Pacific” – a result of a year-long review of sustainability data challenges facing the industry in the Asia Pacific...

Hong Kong SFC Licensing and Compliance Hints: Protecting Client Assets
Deacons, February 2021

As mentioned in our article published on 3 April 2020, the deadline for compliance with the Securities and Futures Commission’s (SFC’s) circular of 8 July 2019 on new measures to protect client assets (Circular) was extended to 31 January 2021. With these new measures in place, intermediaries are now required to obtain confirmation from authorised institutions (AIs) (i.e...

SFC Guidance on the Appointment of Multiple Custodians and Custody Procedures for Open-Ended Fund Companies
Deacons, February 2021

On 23 December 2020, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) relating to Open-ended Fund Companies (OFCs) on matters related to custodians and the custody of assets and records of the OFC. Appointment of multiple custodians Under the Securities and Futures Ordinance, all scheme property of an OFC must be entrusted to a custodian of the OFC for safekeeping...

Mainland China briefing: Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau sign MoU for the Greater Bay Area Wealth Management Connect Scheme
Deacons, February 2021

On 5 February 2021, financial authorities in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, including the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE), Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Monetary Authority of Macau (AMCM), jointly signed a memorandum of understa

Welcome Home, Offshore Funds!
Deacons, February 2021

Hong Kong will soon allow re-domiciliation of existing offshore funds through amendments to the Securities and Futures Ordinance (SFO) for open-ended fund companies (OFCs) and the Limited Partnership Fund Ordinance (LPFO) for limited partnership funds (LPFs)...

Good Governance in Farming Businesses
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Post-Brexit, it’s now even more important for farming families to understand how changes to direct payments and valuation of farmland can affect succession, asset protection and family disputes. We explain what you need to know. Leaving the EU resulted in the UK leaving the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which paid farmers direct payments and has been a significant source of income for many farmers...

Social Bonds Are All The Rage: How to Credibly Attain The Coveted Designation
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

Social bonds, which raise funds for new or existing projects seeking to address social issues, continue to soar in popularity among investors – but how is “social bond” designation achieved? The primary criteria for social bond designation is established by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG)...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: FHA, VA, USDA Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoria, and Forbearance Application Deadline, Extended to June 30; Current List of Time Periods for GSEs, Federal Agencies and West Coast States Foreclosures and Evictions, and Forbearance Applications
Buchalter, February 2021

  Following last week’s FHFA announcement extending the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac foreclosure and eviction moratoria and their deadlines for applying for COVID-related forbearance, the White House announced on February 16 that FHA, VA, and USDA will extend their single-family residential foreclosure and eviction moratoria, and their deadlines for applying for COVID-related forbearance, to June 30, 2021...

Pension Schemes Bill Receives Royal Assent
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The Pension Schemes Bill received Royal Assent on 11 February 2021, becoming the Pension Schemes Act 2021. Originally introduced into Parliament in Autumn 2019, the Act covers a mix of pensions-related matters which we outline in this article. Parts One and Two set out the legislative framework for establishing a collective money purchase scheme, commonly known as a collective defined contribution scheme (Part Two extends this to Northern Ireland)...

PSE Issues Amendments to the Voluntary Delisting Rules
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2021

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) issued Memorandum CN-No. 2020-0104, 1 dated December 21, 2020, on the amendments to its Voluntary Delisting Rules. These amendments tighten the approval requirements for delisting and seek to ensure the fairness of the tender offer price...

Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: FHFA Announces Extension of Time Periods for GSEs’ Foreclosure and Eviction Moratoria; List of Current Time Periods for GSEs, Federal Agencies and West Coast States Foreclosures and Evictions, and Forbearance Applications
Buchalter, February 2021

On February 9, the Federal Home Finance Agency announced extensions of time until March 31, 2021 for the Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae COVID-related foreclosure and eviction moratoria, and allowed an additional three months of forbearance for borrowers in a forbearance plan as of February 28. Other federal agencies and various states have also extended such deadlines for foreclosure and eviction moratoria, and for borrowers to apply for forbearance...

Weekly Digest: COVID-19 Resources from Bradley
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Coronavirus Insights & Updates The information listed below is categorized by topic for your convenience and includes content from the previous week. Bradley is actively monitoring and engaging with relevant federal, state or local entities on issues related to the coronavirus. Please contact one of the authors if you have any questions. Click on a link below to view the full article, alert, blog, webinar recording or interview...

New York Investment Adviser Representative Registration
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, February 2021

Historically, New York State has not required the registration of investment adviser representatives (IARs). New York has adopted regulations providing registration and examination requirements for IARS. This article focuses upon the examination and registration requirements applicable to IARs of federally covered investment advisers. The newly adopted regulations became effective Feb. 1, 2021...

Redefining Public Private Partnerships: National Summit
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

Over the next decade, challenges around public funding and a shift in live/work priorities will create an increasing need for public-private collaboration as we seek to rebuild and regenerate our towns and cities in a post-Covid and post-Brexit climate...

Indonesia’s Newly Established Sovereign Wealth Fund: A New Chapter in Indonesia’s Economy
Makarim & Taira S., February 2021

As a developing country, Indonesia is still considered to have limited Government fiscal capacity and limited state-owned enterprise (Badan Usaha Milik Negara – “BUMN”) and financial sector funding capacity indicating that domestic capacity is not sufficient to meet what is needed to finance development and support economic growth and opportunities...

New Regulation on Electronic System Organizers in the Private Sector
Makarim & Taira S., February 2021

The Minister of Communication and Informatics (“MOCI”) has finally issued MOCI Regulation No. 5 of 2020 on Electronic System Organizers (“ESO”) in the Private Sector (“MOCI Regulation 5/2020”) that serves as the new implementing regulation of Government Regulation No...

The New Indonesian Umbrella Regulation on Payment Systems: Key Points that Foreign Investors Should be Aware of
Makarim & Taira S., February 2021

On 30 December 2020, Bank Indonesia issued Bank Indonesia Regulation No. 22/23/PBI/2020 of 2020 on Payment Systems (“Payment Systems Regulation”). The Payment Systems Regulation is intended to serve as an “umbrella” regulation that provides a regulatory framework for the Indonesian payment systems industry. This regulation will come into force on 1 July 2021...

CFPB Acting Director Considering Delay in New Qualified Mortgage Rule
Buchalter, February 2021

In a new blog, David Uejio, the Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) stated that he has instructed CFPB staff to “explore options for preserving the status quo with respect to QM and debt collection rules...

Pension Protection Fund: Levy Determination Published, 2021/22 levy year
Shoosmiths LLP, February 2021

The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has published its determination for the levy year 2021 to 2022, following its autumn consultation. Ordinarily, the PPF considers matters across the levy triennium with a view to keeping the rules relatively stable on a triennial basis. However, in considering the impact of COVID-19 on schemes, the PPF wishes to take a more flexible approach with the aim of switching back to a multi-year approach in 2023/24...

Shearn Delamore & Co. Legal Update January 2021 (Financial Services)
Shearn Delamore & Co., February 2021

Bank Negara Malaysia issues Licensing Framework for Digital Banks Bank Negara Malaysia issued its policy document on Licensing Framework for Digital Banks on 31 December 2020. It has indicated in its press release that up to five licences may be issued to qualified applicants and notification of the grant of licence will only be made by the first quarter of 2022...

Myanmar: All You Need to Know About the Notification on the Establishment, Operation & Business Activities of Non-Banking Financial Institutions
DFDL, February 2021

On 26 January 2021, the Central Bank of Myanmar (the “CBM”) issued Notification1/2021 (the “Notification”) outlining the requirements and specifications for the establishment, operation and business activities of non-bank financial institutions (“NBFIs”). This Notification is effective from 26 January 2021.      1...

Domestic Extremism: New Challenges for AML Compliance Officers and Investigators
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, February 2021

Domestic extremism is not new, but heightened law enforcement scrutiny in the wake of the Capitol riots has added yet another layer of complexity to the jobs of already challenged AML compliance professionals and investigators...



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