Asia Pacific


News analysis

  • Asia’s fragmentation drives fintech innovation

    03 August 2015

    Differing market features and regulations across the region’s twenty-plus countries as an important opportunity for startups

  • China begins internet finance clampdown

    03 August 2015

    The guidelines, jointly issued by 10 regulators in July, were the first to address the growing sector. But each regulator must now issue its own rules

  • APAC comes up to speed on FMI resolution

    30 July 2015

    The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and Iosco are beginning Level 3 assessments for compliance with their principles for financial markets infrastructures. Asian regulators should take note

  • What Apra’s new risk weights mean for RMBS

    27 July 2015

    The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority has announced a 25% risk weighting for residential mortgages. It’s unclear what this means for the country’s thriving RMBS market

  • US takes first AML action against Chinese bank

    22 July 2015

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York and NYDFS have announced an enforcement action against China Construction Bank for AML violations

  • Apra presses banks on global standards

    21 July 2015

    The Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority has warned banks that they need to raise more capital as well as hiking mortgage risk ratings for the biggest lenders

  • China cybersecurity law to increase bank scrutiny

    21 July 2015

    Data protection and cybersecurity are growing increasingly important to regulators in China. Lenders and their service providers could face additional approvals for their systems

  • Singapore carve-out may change Asia bank resolution

    08 July 2015

    The city-state's new bail-in regime contains an exemption of senior notes that could set a precedent for the rest of the region

  • Asia must prepare for Basel IV

    07 July 2015

    The Basel Committee has turned its attention to how banks calculate credit risk in an initiative that’s been deemed Basel IV

  • SFC rejects HKEx weighted voting rights conclusions

    26 June 2015

    The securities regulator has unanimously opposed the proposal for allowing weighted voting rights. But a potential secondary listings regime wasn’t addressed

  • HK AML crackdown could stifle fintech growth

    19 June 2015

    The HKMA's plans to crack down on money laundering could have a negative effect on the city-state’s financial technology industry

  • HK to consult further on dual class shares

    19 June 2015

    The HKEx has today announced its conclusions to its consultation paper on weighted voting rights. It will release a second stage consultation later this year

  • RBA reveals BIS’s FX code plans: UPDATE

    08 June 2015

    A working group of central bankers is creating a code of conduct for the industry. The Reserve Bank of Australia assistant governor leading the initiative hopes it will provide clarity

  • Asic warns banks to cooperate with BBSW investigation

    04 June 2015

    The chairman of Australia’s securities regulator on Wednesday warned banks they must stop delaying its benchmark manipulation investigations

  • HK bank M&A becomes more sophisticated

    19 May 2015

    The recent takeover of Standard Chartered’s consumer financing business in Hong Kong and China by an international consortium highlighted increasing interest in the special administrative region’s banks

  • Asia’s anti-money laundering focus sharpens

    08 May 2015

    Asian jurisdictions are now meeting – and sometimes surpassing – international expectations on anti-money laundering

  • Why financial institutions need data strategies

    06 May 2015

    Data breaches over the past year have forced financial institutions and corporates to bolster their systems. But they should also be thinking about their broader strategies

  • Indonesia hedging rules confuse bond market

    30 April 2015

    A lack of clarity over the country’s new hedging rules and issuance restrictions for high-yield bonds could stall the market

  • Hong Kong's competition crack down

    16 April 2015

    Jones Day's Sébastien Evrard and Robert Thomson analyse the HKCC's revised draft guidelines and the new regulator's role in the market

  • Chinese deposit insurance to prompt fintech innovation

    02 April 2015

    The introduction by China of a deposit insurance scheme is a first step towards liberalising interest rates and allowing bank resolution. It could also spark the evolution of financial technology

  • Indian counsel reveal Bankruptcy Code wishlist

    25 March 2015

    The market has outlined what it wants to see in the final rules of the country's mooted bankruptcy regime

  • How to improve Asia primary markets

    19 March 2015

    Asia’s debt markets are deepening, and banks are hoping to capitalise on that growth. Panellists at a recent ICMA event warned against competing for deals based on regulatory laxity

  • HKEx to form risk committee

    05 March 2015

    The exchange's new risk committee is intended to better assess risks from its growing business lines, following concerns about financial market infrastructure resolution

  • SFC winding up order highlights enforcement powers

    05 March 2015

    The regulator's obtaining of an unprecedented court order to wind up China Metal Recycling is its most severe enforcement action yet

  • How India’s budget boosts Reits

    04 March 2015

    Saturday’s budget speech included much-needed tax clarity for Indian real estate investment trusts and infrastructure trusts. It’s hoped the move will spur listings

  • India’s budget proposes far-reaching changes

    28 February 2015

    The 2015 budget features changes to the bankruptcy law and the debt capital markets. It is expected to streamline India’s investment environment

  • Asia’s FSB responses reveal TLAC concerns

    26 February 2015

    Asian market institutions’ responses to the FSB's consultation on TLAC largely focus on emerging markets issues. But a lack of clarity on domestic requirements has sparked concerns

  • Sebi remains concerned about IPO pricing

    26 February 2015

    Sebi's 2013 discussion paper on safety nets for IPOs froze India’s market. But the regulator's new solution for IPO pricing may not entirely protect retail investors



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