The SFC has clarified a few important issues in relation to the SFC licensing requirement for private equity fund managers and family offices operating in Hong Kong in 2 separate circulars.
In a recent disciplinary action, the SFC sanctioned a SFC licensed corporation for allowing certain persons, who are not licensed, to carry out regulated functions in relation to its business in regulated activities. It highlights the need for SFC licensed corporations to ensure that those who carry out such regulated functions (which are different to regulated activities) are appropriately licensed.
On 1 November 2018, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (the “SFC”) issued a number of announcements that would potentially have a regulatory impact on those who conduct financial activities involving virtual assets in Hong Kong.
The Open-ended Fund Company (the “OFC”) regime came into effect on 30 July 2018. With the introduction of the OFC, there is, for the first time, a Hong Kong domiciled corporate vehicle which is suitable to act as a fund vehicle.
In November 2017, the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) published its Consultation Conclusions on certain proposals that would result in changes to the Fund Manager Code of Conduct (the “FMCC”) and the Code of Conduct for Persons Licensed by or Registered with the Securities and Futures Commission (the “Code of Conduct”). These changes represent some of the most significant regulatory changes, at least in the past few years, affecting anyone who conducts any form of asset management business in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong positions itself as a global financial center and the asset management industry is an important sector within the Hong Kong financial services industry. It is a sector which is fast changing, driven by product innovation, market forces and changing legal landscape globally. Hong Kong faces challenges both within the Asian region and globally to maintain its status as a centre for asset management. Has it done enough so far to keep pace?…
The Hong Kong Government gazetted the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No.2) Ordinance 2015 (the “Ordinance”) on 17 July 2015, extending the profits tax exemption to private equity funds which previously may not have been available to them. The Ordinance will take retrospective effect, applying in respect of tax chargeable for any year of assessment commencing on or after 1 April 2015…
One of the first challenges facing potential alternative fund managers (ie hedge fund, private equity and real estate fund managers) when setting up their new fund management business in HK is getting the appropriate SFC license. This article will examine the key issues often faced by potential alternative fund managers when getting an SFC license and the main requirements for getting an SFC license…