|2021/11/04||Competition (Block Exemption for Vessel Sharing Agreements) Order Consultation Paper|
The Chamber supports the extension of the Competition (Block Exemption for Vessel Sharing Agreements) Order (“the Order”) in its current form for another term of five years. We believe that the existing Order and proposed period of extension will provide a stable and predictable regulatory environment for and in sustaining the competitiveness of Hong Kong’s shipping and logistics sector– a major pillar of our economy. We also continue to advocate for the removal of the market share limit for vessel sharing agreements currently imposed under the Order for the reasons set out in our response.
|2021/10/15||Public Consultation on Proposed Code of Practice for Third Party Funding of Mediation|
The Chamber believes that there are a number of fundamental issues which should be addressed before consideration is given to the issue of whether a Code of Practice for Third Party Funding of Mediation is needed. Should the decision be made to proceed with the implementation of such a code, we would suggest against the replication of contents of the existing code for arbitration given that there are fundamental differences between these two forms of alternative dispute resolution.
|2021/06/17||Consultation Paper on Review of Corporate Governance Code and Related Listing Rules|
The Chamber welcomes the HKEX’s proposals to enhance its existing framework on corporate governance and related listing rules. At the same time, we recommend that such changes be implemented on an incremental and flexible basis, with consideration given to their potential costs and benefits for businesses, particularly with regard to the impact on small and medium sized issuers.
|2021/06/02||Protection of Personal Information on the Companies Register|
The Chamber welcomes the Government’s proposals regarding amendments to public access to personal information on the Companies Registry. At the same time, we recommend that the public be consulted on the scope of persons authorized to access protected information, and that the proposed timeline for implementation of the new measures be shortened.
|2021/05/28||Consultation Paper on Listing Regime for Overseas Issuers|
The Chamber agrees with the HKEX that the existing listing requirements should be streamlined through the introduction of a common set of core shareholder protection standards (“Core Standards”) especially in respect of overseas issuers. The Chamber has also made a number of observations and recommendations on certain aspects of the Core Standards to facilitate issuer compliance, and enhance the city’s status as a place to list.
|2021/03/19||Consultation Paper on Real-name Registration Programme for SIM Cards|
The Chamber agrees with the Government that there is the need to address the abuse of SIM Cards for criminal purposes, but suggests that consideration should also be given to attendant issues such as data privacy implications and efficacy of a mandatory registration system. In light of the social impact that such regulatory changes may bring, the Chamber recommends that efforts be made to better define the rights and responsibilities of stakeholders, namely, users, operators, and regulators under the proposed programme.
|2021/03/16||Consultation Paper on Outcome Related Fee Structures for Arbitration|
The Chamber agrees with the Law Reform Commission’s proposals to relax the current prohibition of outcome-related fee structures for arbitration to enhance Hong Kong’s competitiveness as an arbitration centre, but suggests that a phased approach be adopted to the implementation of flexible fee structures. Due consideration should also be given to the protection of the interests of smaller businesses opting for such a means of dispute resolution.
|2021/01/28||Consultation Paper on the Main Board Profit Requirement|
The Chamber does not agree with the HKEX’s proposal to increase the profit requirement for a Main Board listing mainly because such a requirement would not be in the interests of smaller businesses in particular those outside of the New Economy. Rather, a comprehensive review of the existing listing requirements for both the Growth Enterprise and Main Boards including those on the transfer from the former to the latter should be carried out to address any intrinsic inefficiencies and promote Hong Kong’s attractiveness as a place to list.
|2021/01/27||Consultation Paper on Legislative Proposals to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Regulation in Hong Kong|
In response to the Government’s proposals to expand the scope of the Anti-Money Laundering Ordinance to include virtual asset services providers and dealers of precious metals and stones in Hong Kong, the Chamber has called for greater clarity on such issues as the uneven approach to regulating the two sectors in question, and rationale behind the prescribed penalties, among others. It also raised the issue of whether the Securities and Futures Commission should share regulatory responsibilities with its counterparts such as the Hong Kong Monetary Authority.
|2020/12/14||Securities and Futures Commission’s Consultation Paper on Proposed Amendments to its Anti- Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Guideline (the Guideline) September 2020|
The Chamber does not object to the Commission's proposal to amend its guidelines under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance, but suggests that any additional compliance requirements should be facilitative and reasonably practicable to achieve.
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