SFC launches consultation on OTC derivatives and conduct risks

Hong Kong SFC

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today launched a two-month consultation on proposals to refine the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives regime and to require licensed corporations to properly manage financial exposures to connected persons.

In response to market comments, the SFC proposes to refine the scope of regulated activities (RAs) to provide more clarity about the OTC derivatives licensing regime, for example, to narrow the scope of certain RAs so that they do not capture corporate treasury activities of non-financial groups and certain portfolio compression services.

The consultation also includes proposals related to risk mitigation, client clearing, record keeping and other conduct requirements for OTC derivatives transactions, as well as licensing fees, insurance, competence and training requirements under the new OTC derivatives licensing regime.

More broadly, the SFC proposes to require licensed corporations to properly manage their financial exposures to group affiliates and other connected persons according to the same risk management standards they would apply to independent third parties.

These proposals are part of comprehensive reforms to enhance Hong Kong’s regulatory regime for OTC derivatives activities and to strengthen the management of conduct and financial risks in transactions and business dealings with related parties,” said Mr Ashley Alder, the SFC’s Chief Executive Officer. “The SFC has worked closely with other authorities to put in place a legal and regulatory framework to implement the G20 commitments to reform OTC derivatives markets and Hong Kong has made considerable progress in this direction.

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