One of the central themes of this year's Annual Corporate and Regulatory Update seminar was that compliance, particularly in a principles-based regulatory regime, cannot be a box ticking exercise – companies, and the company secretaries advising them, need to think independently about the corporate governance issues relevant to them I…

Will company secretaries be personally liable for breaches of Hong Kong's new statutory requirements for the disclosure of price-sensitive information? How should company secretaries prepare themselves for the abolition of par value shares? The pace of regulatory change shows no sign of abating in Hong Kong. Small wonder then that…

It is essential that organisations get out of a compliance mindset and start to communicate their financial story in the most effective and transparent way. This, argues Geraldine Magarey FCA, Manager, Sustainability and Regional Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, is what integrated reporting sets out to do. T…

Much effort has gone into ensuring that companies have channels for whistleblowers to report corporate misdemeanours, but what do you do when you receive a whistleblower tip-off? Colum Bancroft, Managing Director, Kroll Advisory Solutions, indicates some of the things to look out for when assessing the credibility and seriousness of…

Three Regional Board Secretary Panel meetings organised by the HKICS earlier this year in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing reviewed Hong Kong's new statutory price-sensitive information (PSI) disclosure requirements and compared the PSI disclosure regimes of mainland China and Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries (HKICS) organised three…

  Q: We are looking to allocate excess rights shares, what are the issues we should consider? A: Rights issues have received media coverage recently, particularly some shareholder practices designed to increase the number of excess rights shares allocated to them. These include splitting holdings into odd-lots at differently numbered…

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