Tag:Governance

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Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Oral Arguments in Industry Groups’ Ongoing Petition to Vacate Private Fund Adviser Rules
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Europe: Agreement on EU ESG Ratings Regulation
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Australia: Climate-related Financial Disclosure: Exposure Draft Legislation
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Industry Groups File First Reply to SEC in Ongoing Petition Against New Private Fund Adviser Rules
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Australia: ASIC to Focus on Net Zero Statements and Targets
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Europe: Final SDR rules published by FCA – Time to label your funds (maybe)
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Hong Kong delays implementation of Listing Rules Amendments for Climate Disclosures to 2025
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SEC Publishes Its 2024 Exam Priorities—Early
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$2 Billion Money Laundering Case Threatens Singapore’s Reputation
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Australia: ASIC Extends Transitional Relief For Foreign Financial Service Providers

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Oral Arguments in Industry Groups’ Ongoing Petition to Vacate Private Fund Adviser Rules

By: TJ Bright, Annabelle H. North, and Bradley D. Bostwick

On 5 February 2024, the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and industry groups representing private investment fund sponsors, in the industry groups’ ongoing petition to vacate the new private fund adviser rules (PFAR) adopted by the SEC on 23 August 2023.

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Europe: Agreement on EU ESG Ratings Regulation

By: Hilger von Livonius and Philipp Riedl

On 5 February 2024, the EU Council and the EU Parliament agreed on a provisional text for the ESG Ratings Regulation (the Regulation).

Under the Regulation, in-scope EU providers of ESG ratings will require a licence from, and be supervised by, European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA).

In-scope ESG ratings will provide an opinion on a company’s or a financial instrument’s sustainability profile, by assessing its exposure to sustainability risk and its impact on society and the environment.

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Australia: Climate-related Financial Disclosure: Exposure Draft Legislation

By: Lisa Lautier and Rebecca Mangos

The Australian Government has released Treasury Laws Amendment Bill 2024: Climate-related financial disclosure, which is draft legislation confirming mandatory reporting of climate-related financial disclosure requirements.

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Industry Groups File First Reply to SEC in Ongoing Petition Against New Private Fund Adviser Rules

BY: TJ Bright and Annabelle North

On 22 January 2024, industry groups representing private investment fund sponsors, including the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), National Association of Private Fund Managers, and Managed Funds Association, filed their first reply to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) response in the groups’ ongoing petition against the new private fund adviser rules (PFAR) adopted by the SEC on 23 August 2023.

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Australia: ASIC to Focus on Net Zero Statements and Targets

By: Lisa Lautier and Dhivya Kalyanakumar

On 21-22 November 2023, the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) hosted the ASIC Annual Forum with a focus on ‘navigating disruption’. With heightened geopolitical uncertainty and market volatility, ASIC outlined its key focus areas for 2024:

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Europe: Final SDR rules published by FCA – Time to label your funds (maybe)

The FCA has published its final rules on the UK’s Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) regime. The key features include:

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Hong Kong delays implementation of Listing Rules Amendments for Climate Disclosures to 2025

By: Carolyn Sng and Yeu Sook Young

The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (HKEX) had been consulting on proposals to enhance climate-related disclosures under its environmental, social and governance framework, with a previously proposed implementation date of 1 January 2024. The HKEX announced on 3 November 2023 that the implementation date of the Listing Rules amendments will be postponed to 1 January 2025.

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SEC Publishes Its 2024 Exam Priorities—Early

By: Jennifer Klass and Wiley Cole

On 16 October 2023, the Division of Examinations (the Division) of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its examination priorities for the 2024 fiscal year. In an interesting twist, the SEC released the examination priorities early, changing the timing to correspond to the beginning of its new fiscal year.

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$2 Billion Money Laundering Case Threatens Singapore’s Reputation

By: Edward Bennett and Ke Jia Lim

Singapore, known for its fiercely guarded reputation as a global financial hub and growing asset management centre, is currently entangled in one of the most substantial money laundering scandals globally, with a staggering S$2.8 billion (US$2 billion) in seized assets. Ten suspects, originally from China but residing in Singapore, face money laundering charges linked to scams and illegal online gambling.

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Australia: ASIC Extends Transitional Relief For Foreign Financial Service Providers

By: Rebecca Mangos and Lisa Lautier

The Australian Investments and Securities Commission (ASIC) announced that it has further extended relief for foreign financial services providers (FFSPs) from the requirement to hold an Australian financial services licence (AFSL) when providing financial services to Australian wholesale clients.

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