News analysis

  • Industry endorses foreign listings in HK

    29 Oct 2009

    Hong Kong lawyers have spoken out in favour of the exchange’s plans to encourage more foreign companies to list in Hong Kong

  • Lawyers gear up for IFLR forum

    29 Oct 2009

    As IFLR’s Asia Capital Markets Forum approaches, lawyers are looking forward to discussing resurgent markets and remaining concerns

  • Hong Kong: A conversation on enforcement with the SFC

    28 Oct 2009

    IFLR has sparked a debate between in-house counsel, the SFC and private practice lawyers over the regulator's enforcement policy in Hong Kong

  • How to cope with the SFC’s new wave of enforcement

    28 Oct 2009

    Following Mark Steward, the Securities and Futures Exchange (SFC) executive director’s comments on enforcement earlier this week, IFLR put his thoughts to private practice lawyers

  • SFC has last word on HK investigations

    28 Oct 2009

    Following comments from lawyers over its investigation methods this week, the Securities and Futures Commission’s executive director of enforcement, Mark Steward issued this response to IFLR

  • Glorified rollovers

    27 Oct 2009

    Governments in the Middle East have missed an opportunity in this financial crisis. Legal certainty remains underdeveloped

  • Update: Indonesian lawyers act on documentation law

    27 Oct 2009

    In a move to encourage a rethink of Indonesia’s controversial law on document language, law firms have set up a committee to lobby the government for clarification

  • How the Adaro bond mitigated Indonesian document risk

    23 Oct 2009

    With lawyers unsure of the reach of Indonesia’s recent law requiring Indonesian-language documents, dealmakers are using different tactics to mitigate the risk

  • Indonesia: please clarify language for deal documents

    23 Oct 2009

    As Adaro Energy becomes the latest Indonesian company to execute a large bond offering, counsel are increasing concerned about new legislation that could challenge the legitimacy of English-language documents

  • BVI companies could be allowed to list in Hong Kong

    22 Oct 2009

    In the latest move by Hong Kong’s stock exchange to ease listing for foreign companies, the exchange is considering applications from BVI companies

  • Equity advisers disrupt new deals

    22 Oct 2009

    In-house counsel complain that equity advisers are being needlessly difficult on IPO negotiations – potentially scuppering deals

  • HK first establishes disclosure for US issuers

    22 Oct 2009

    In a deal that could provide the structure for more US companies to list in Hong Kong, Wynn Macau has successfully completed an initial public offering thanks to flexible disclosure

  • In-depth: PD amendments miss the mark

    22 Oct 2009

    Proposed changes to the Prospectus Directive are unexpected, unclear and potentially counterproductive. But they’re here, and left unchecked they could be in place by Christmas

  • Banks fear Prospectus Directive amendments

    16 Oct 2009

    Proposed amendments to the EU Prospectus Directive are making bankers’ counsel very nervous, particularly changes to the rules on the prospectus summary that could make banks liable for investor decisions

  • New webinar on US regulatory capital and hybrids

    15 Oct 2009

    IFLR has announced a free web seminar on US regulatory capital, hybrids and ratings

  • Blame Thatcher and Blair for the crisis

    05 Oct 2009

    Underperforming and opaque financial instruments have been widely acknowledged as catalysts of the UK financial crisis. But that’s the fault of the politicians

  • US liquidity plan deters banks

    01 Oct 2009

  • Let's clear the way for CDS

    01 Oct 2009

    Wary of overly restrictive regulation, the derivatives industry is driving measures to improve the transparency and clearing of OTC instruments. But will its efforts be enough?

  • A cautious start

    01 Oct 2009

    The fallout from minibonds arranged by Lehman Brothers shocked Hong Kong, and brought retail structured products to a halt. But now it's making a tentative return

  • US and UK compared

    01 Oct 2009

    Fundamental differences remain between these markets. But is it worth considering using a New York participation agreement in an English deal?

  • Deutsche fights in Texas

    01 Oct 2009

    How to avoid fighting banking disputes in foreign jurisdictions. And whether it is worth the effort



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