|2019/03/05||Law Reform Commission's Consultation Paper on Archives Law|
The Chamber supports the proposal to introduce legislation on the management of government information subject to a number of conditions. These include clarification on the definition of “public interest” where an application for exemption under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance is made, and that the proposed Law be applicable to all government and public bodies rather than on a selective basis.
|2019/03/05||Law Reform Commission's Consultation Paper on Access to Information|
The Chamber welcomes the proposal to provide statutory backing to the access of government-held records. At the same time, the Chamber has drawn attention to the need to protect business information and accord the latter with the same level of protection as personal data, while calling for a definition of “public bodies” and those subjecting these the proposed Access to Information Law. The Chamber has also argued that no fee should be levied on requests for information.
|2018/04/19||Consultation Paper on Proposed Amendments to the Codes on Takeovers and Mergers and Share Buy-backs|
The Chamber has called on the SFC to carry out a comprehensive evaluation before implementing its proposals to amend the codes on takeovers and mergers and share buybacks.
|2018/03/23||Consultation on a Proposed New Listing Regime for Emerging and Innovative Companies|
The Chamber welcomes and supports the proposal to broaden capital market access in Hong Kong and to enhance the competitiveness of its listing regime by allowing the listing of companies with weighted voting rights. In addition to ensuring that the new listing conditions serve their intended purpose of attracting quality issuers from the emerging and innovative sectors, the Chamber also advocates fairness, investor protection and education.
|2017/11/27||Consultation on the Guideline on the Keeping of Significant Controllers Register by Companies|
In its response to the Company Registry on the consultation on the Guideline on the Keeping of Significant Controllers Register by Companies, the Chamber supports for the publication of the Guideline to provide clarity and certainty to businesses in complying with the relevant legal requirements but has cautioned against giving statutory backing to the Guideline.
|2017/10/20||Submission on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing |
The Chamber supports the Government’s efforts to comply with the Financial Action Task Force’s recommendations on countering money laundering and terrorist financing activities but also reiterates the need to ensure that such undertakings do not affect our ability to compete.
|2017/08/18||Consultations on the New Board and Review of the Growth Enterprise Market and Main Board Listing Rules|
In its response to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange’s consultations on the New Board and Review of the Growth Enterprise Market and Main Board Listing Rules, the Chamber has extended qualified support to the proposals for attracting more companies to list in Hong Kong.
|2017/03/03||Consultations on Legislative Proposals to Enhance Regulatory Regime for Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing |
The Chamber has submitted its views to a government consultation on proposals to reinforce legislation and regulate certain non-financial businesses and occupations for combating money laundering and terrorist financing in Hong Kong. In its submission of 3 March, the Chamber agrees in principle with the spirit to promote business compliance but points to questions regarding the practicality, reasonableness and proportionality of the Government’s approach to achieving such goals.
|2016/12/29||Proposals to Enhance the Financial Dispute Resolution Scheme|
The Chamber generally supports the FDRC’s proposals to enhance the service features of the current Financial Dispute Resolution Scheme. The Chamber has also flagged a number of issues that the FDCR should pay attention to if and when its proposals are implemented.
|2016/11/29||Consultation Paper on the 2016 Preliminary Draft Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments|
The Chamber believes that public discussion should focus on the potential merits and demerits of implementing the Convention rather than the Convention’s provisions, which is the approach adopted in the consultation paper. The Government should also take stock of existing measures for enforcing foreign judgments before consideration is given to Convention accession.
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