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Establishing a charity in Hong Kong

25 November 2022 by LC Lawyers

Demand for philanthropy planning has surged in recent years, especially since the pandemic’s harsh impact on society and livelihoods, with many enterprises, social organisations, religious groups and benevolent individuals seeking efficient, powerful, targeted ways to help socially vulnerable groups.

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Expansion of mainland-Hong Kong financial markets connectivity

20 November 2022 by LC Lawyers

On 2 September 2022, at the Annual Forum of the China International Fair for Trade in Services, Dr. Fang Xinghai, Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), indicated that the CSRC will work with Hong Kong’s relevant authorities to launch three new initiatives to expand the connectivity of the mainland and Hong Kong capital markets.

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Should Hong Kong businesses be resetting their integrity agenda?

25 July 2022 by LC Lawyers

COVID-19 disrupted businesses globally and impacted the way they operate, with knock on effects on employees, counterparties and customers. Amid the turmoil, new opportunities and challenges emerged, some posing difficult ethical dilemmas affecting future viability and success of businesses. These factors created a perfect storm for misconduct. Two plus years on, we are starting to see its impact on businesses and their personnel.

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Long Service Payment and Severance Payment in Hong Kong - Abolishment of Offsetting Arrangement

05 July 2022 by LC Lawyers

The Government passed the Employment and Retirement Schemes Legislation (Offsetting Arrangement) (Amendment) Bill 2022 on 9 June 2022 to abolish the use of the accrued benefits of employers' mandatory contributions under the Mandatory Provident Fund (“MPF”) System to offset severance payment (“SP”) and long service payment (“LSP”). While this development is welcome by employees, certain preparation should be made by Hong Kong employers especially for those whose workforce experiences low turnover.

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Revised Hong Kong listing regime for overseas issuers

04 July 2022 by LC Lawyers

A revised listing regime for overseas issuers on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (SEHK) took effect following consultation on 1 January 2022.

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ESG Series – Green and Sustainable Finance Grant Scheme of Hong Kong

01 July 2022 by LC Lawyers

It has been one year since the launch of the Green and Sustainable Finance Grant Scheme (Scheme) in May 2021. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced in its Quarterly Bulletin of March 2022 that more than 60 debt instruments had been approved under the Scheme. This article summarizes the core elements of the Scheme and provides tips for applications.

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ESG Series – External reviews on sustainable bonds and loans

30 June 2022 by LC Lawyers

The principles on sustainable bonds (ICMA Bond Principles) formulated by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) are widely applied in Hong Kong listed bonds, as discussed in our previous articles. External reviews play an important part in green, social and sustainability-lined bonds/loans, and the author will summarize the common types of external reviews here.

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ESG Series – International Capital Market Association: Principles on Sustainable Finance Instruments - Applications in Hong Kong listed bonds

29 June 2022 by LC Lawyers

As of 10 May 2022, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange included 94 bonds in its “Sustainable Finance Products” bond repository , out of which 79 issuances are categorized as green bonds. The other categories are 2 social, 1 sustainability, 3 sustainability-linked, 2 blue, 6 transition and 1 COVID-19 bonds.

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ESG Series – International Capital Market Association: Principles on Sustainable Finance Instruments

28 June 2022 by LC Lawyers

Green, social and sustainability-linked bonds listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange adopt principles formulated by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA). This article introduces the core elements in those principles.

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Synergize GBA series: Cross-border data transfers in mainland China

27 June 2022 by LC Lawyers

In 2021, we have seen significant changes in the data protection regime in mainland China. Specifically, the Data Security Law (DSL) and the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) came into effect on 1 September 2021 and 1 November 2021 respectively.