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Charltons lawyer speaks at FinTech and Crypto conference in Sydney

On 9 November 2018, Gabrielle Chaikin, a registered foreign lawyer at Charltons, was a panelist at the “Blockchain, Fintech and Cryptocurrencies: Business, Policy and Legal Perspectives” conference at the University of Sydney, Australia. Gabrielle spoke alongside legal practitioners from PwC Legal and IBM on a panel on “Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings: Comparative Perspectives”. Other speakers at the Sydney Fintech conference included major regulators in Australia (ASIC, APRA and AUSTRAC) and representatives from the FinTech and RegTech industries, as well as legal, financial and tech experts.

https://charltonsquantum.com/charltons-lawyer-speaks-sydney-university-fintech-and-crypto-conference/
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Julia Charlton panelist at BAML’s Artificial Intelligence and D&I panel

Julia Charlton was a panelist at the BAML LEAD (women network) navigation series panel discussion on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and D&I hosted by BAML’s LEAD Hong Kong leadership team with Julia Lay, COO, Asia Pacific Technology & Operations, Bank of America Merrill Lynch as moderator and fellow panelists Michelle Chan, FWD Insurance and Committee Co-Chair for AI, Fintech Association of Hong Kong and Ben Clarke, Bloomberg.

https://charltonsquantum.com/julia-charlton-panelist-at-baml-artificial-intelligence-and-di-panel/
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Charltons awarded ‘Best national firm for work life-balance’ at Euromoney’s Asia Women in Business Law awards 2018

We are pleased to announce that Charltons was awarded Euromoney’s ‘Best national firm for work life-balance’ Asia Women in Business Law award 2018.

Flexible working arrangements within the firm allow female staff to develop their career while balancing family life. Charltons recognizes talented professionals regardless of whether they are able to work full time or not, so the offer for part time work options allows for retaining talent.

We are honoured to receive this award and remain committed to fostering legal talent and a good work-life balance for all Charltons’ professionals regardless of gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age and level of physical ability.

https://www.charltonslaw.com/charltons-awarded-best-national-firm-for-work-life-balance-at-euromoney-asia-women-in-business-law-awards-2018/
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International #Blockchain and #Cryptocurrency Expo in #Singapore

On 26 October 2018, Julia Charlton and Anastasia Gordeeva of Charltons, Hong Kong participated at the International Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Expo in Singapore. Julia Charlton has delivered a speech on “ICO and Cryptocurrency Regulation in Hong Kong”. Among participants were traders, investors, financial advisors, law firms and brokers from Forex, stock and futures markets.

https://www.charltonslaw.com/international-blockchain-and-cryptocurrency-expo-in-singapore/
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Enhanced HKEX Corporate Governance Code Requirements slated for 2019

2019 will see new HKEx Listing Rules strengthening the corporate governance standards of HKEX listed issuers, covering tightened rules on the director nomination and election process and INED independence criteria, promoting board diversity and requiring transparency of issuers’ dividend policies. HKEX listed companies will need to disclose why an INED holding seven or more board seats would be able to devote sufficient time to their INED role.

https://www.charltonslaw.com/our-work/regulatory-securities/hong-kong-listing-rules/corporate-governance-code-amendments/
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SFC Enhances Minority Investor Protection with New Takeovers Code Amendments

Amendments to Hong Kong’s Takeovers Code which strengthen investor protection took effect on 13 July 2018. The Takeovers Panel is now empowered to require a person who is in breach of specific provisions of the Code to pay compensation to current and former shareholders. The amendments also increase the threshold for independent shareholder approval of a whitewash waiver from a simple majority to 75%.

https://www.charltonslaw.com/our-work/m-and-a/public-takeovers-in-hong-kong/hong-kong-takeovers-code-amendments-2018/
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Hong Kong Tops 2018 World IPO Rankings and Other HKEx Market Statistics

In September 2018, Hong Kong regained its leading position as the world’s top IPO market, raising HK$242.7 billion in the first three quarters of 2018. Hong Kong was followed by NYSE, NSADAQ and the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

https://www.charltonslaw.com/information-insights/ipos/hkex-market-statistics/
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HKEx’s Tightening of Capital Raising Activities Restricts Abusive Practices

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has tightened the Listing Rules on capital raising activities by listed issuers which create unfairness to minority shareholders that the HKEX views as negatively affecting the market. Targets in particular are large scale deeply discounted capital raising activities, with rights issues, open offers and specific mandate placings that result in a material value dilution. All open offers now require minority shareholders’ approval, unless shares are issued under an existing general mandate.

https://www.charltonslaw.com/new-hkex-listing-rules-tightening-capital-raising-by-listed-issuers/
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Hong Kong’s New Delisting Regime reduces Prolonged Suspensions

The HKEX listed company delisting process was accelerated from August 2018 to deal with angst over long suspensions of listed companies. A fixed period delisting criterion now applies to delist companies failing to sort out the issues that led to their suspensions within a prescribed fixed period of continuous suspension. From now on, the HKEX can step in to delist an issuer immediately in certain circumstances.

https://www.charltonslaw.com/hkex-listing-rules-delistings/
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