In the article A Cautious Start in last month's IFLR, we
described the changes introduced by the Hong Kong Securities
and Futures Commission (SFC) when it authorised an
equity-linked investment product for public distribution for
the first time since September 2008. The SFC has now published
a Consultation Paper on Proposals to Enhance Protection for the
Investing Public that takes up and develops many of the themes.
An interesting perspective has also been provided by the launch
in October of the PRC sovereign bonds, denominated in renminbi,
that have proved very popular with retail investors in Hong
Kong. The safe, vanilla nature of these securities has led to a
reassessment of some of the protective measures in which other
renminbi bond launches have been wrapped this year.
The Consultation Paper is long 93 pages, with another
330 pages of appendices and offers proposals too
detailed to go into...