Changes to the Competence and Training Requirements for Personnel of Hong Kong Financial Intermediaries Global Financial Services Regulatory Guide FInsight: Litigation Readiness for Financial Institutions SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance Issues Sample Climate Disclosure Letter Danske Bank Judgment Impacts Branch-Head Office Transactions China Expands Anti-Money Laundering Obligations with Measures for the Supervision and Administration of AML/CTF of Financial Institutions

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) recently released its Consultation Conclusions on Proposed Enhancements to the Competency Framework for Intermediaries and Individual Practitioners. The changes to the existing Guidelines on Competence (Competence Guidelines) and Guidelines on Continuous Professional Training (CPT Guidelines) (together the “Guidelines”) will take effect in January 2022.


Baker McKenzie’s Financial Services Global Regulatory (FSR) Guide acts as a quick reference tool when distributing financial products into new markets, providing a comprehensive summary of regulations applicable to banks and other financial services companies around the world.

In this episode, Daniela Fonseca Puggina, partner in our Miami office and Jennifer Ancona Semko, a partner in our Washington, D.C. office discuss litigation readiness for financial institutions (FIs). The episode also covers potential vulnerabilities and disputes that they need to prepare for, current and emerging trends in litigation (from our Litigation Intelligence: Ready for Anything? Report), and how they can benefit from litigation preparedness.

In the Danske Bank ruling, the CJEU confirmed that where a branch or head office is in a VAT group, the head office should be considered as a separate taxable person from its branch such that transactions between the head office and branch should be recognized for VAT purposes. Reason being, the head office was a member of a VAT group in one member state while the branch was situated in another member state, and the effects of VAT grouping should only apply on a territorial basis.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) promulgated The Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (AML/CTF) of Financial Institutions (Measures), which came into effect on 01 August 2021. The new Measures have widened the scope of applicable institutions by adding developmental financial institutions, consumer finance companies, loan companies, non-banking payment institutions and many other types of financial service companies.