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Recent Mainland regulation changes on private loans and personal bankruptcy may affect Hong Kong companies doing business across the border.

With the aim of making it easier for small businesses and individuals to access loans, China's Supreme Court has reduced the maximum interest rate to effectively 15%, significantly down from the previous cap of 24%. This would lower margins for private lenders. It could possibly lead to credit being issued to certain borrowers at a rate that does not reflect the risk.

In the meantime, Shenzhen's personal bankruptcy regulations, the first in China, will come into effect on 1 March, 2021. During the three-year observation period, bankrupt debtors will not be banned from taking flights and high-speed trains, or from checking in to hotels. There has been some concerns that debtors might use this provision to evade debts, leaving the creditors with huge losses.

To better understand the new regulations, the Chamber is delighted to have Bernard Lam and Wilson Yan from Gold Partners Holdings Limited share their thoughts on the subject at a 4 November webinar. They will discuss the impact of these changes on Hong Kong enterprises through practical case studies.

Programme highlights:
- Details of China's private-lending rate cap
- Introduction to personal bankruptcy in China
- Introduction to personal bankruptcy in Hong Kong
- How Hong Kong enterprises can reduce the risks associated with the new regulations

Speakers' presentations at this event are intended for educational purposes only and do not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed during this event are those of the speakers and participants and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, its members, or its committees. The Chamber does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented. Attendees should note that, with the approval of speakers, this event may be recorded, and possibly published on the Chamber's website in audio and/or video formats without further notice.

Recording, duplication or distribution of the contents of the online event is prohibited without prior written permission from the Chamber.

Speaker(s) Bernard Lam, Advisor, Gold Partners Holdings Limited
Lam specializes in dispute resolution, insolvency, and commercial, criminal and regulatory investigations. He is the Secretary General of The Basic Law Institute and a Committee Member of the H.K. China Economic Development Association Ltd. Lam is also the Principal of Tung, Ng, Tse & Lam.

Wilson Yan, Advisor, Gold Partners Holdings Limited
Yan worked at the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau from 2004 to 2013, specializing in economic and financial criminal offence investigations. He has focused on dispute resolution and enforcement issues in the finance sector. He has acted as the legal advisor for clients, including Huatai Futures and CITIC Capital Asset Management, and listed companies like Chow Tai Fook and Pulse Electronics, in litigation and arbitration cases.
Language Putonghua
Date and Time 2020/11/04 11:00 to 12:15
Venue This event will take place online via ZOOM
Media Closed to media
Enquiries West Lam
Tel: 2823 1265
Fee Members @ HK$100 / Non-Members @ HK$200
+$50 for booking offline
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
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