Borrower beware – The unwritten rules of legislative copying

Borrower beware – The unwritten rules of legislative copying

Drafting a law is a complex and costly business so the temptation to borrow, lock stock and barrel, from overseas precedents is great. The principle here, however, should be ‘borrower beware’ because the history of the diffusion of law is littered with...
The new Companies Ordinance – Getting a head-start

The new Companies Ordinance – Getting a head-start

This month CSj gives company secretaries a head-start in preparing for the new Companies Ordinance, gazetted last month, by highlighting the key areas where the new ordinance will impact company secretarial work in Hong Kong. Implementation of the new Companies...
Conference preview

Conference preview

Is the institution of the board of directors, which emanates from the 17th century, fit for purpose in today’s dynamic and complex business environment? A prominent line-up of speakers at the Institute’s eighth biennial corporate governance conference,...

A crisis of values?

Andrew Sheng, President of the Fung Global Institute and Chief Adviser to the China Banking Regulatory Commission, is one of Asia’s most respected commentators on global finance and corporate governance. As guest speaker at the HKICS’ latest Members’ Luncheon...
Real-time disclosure – Is Hong Kong ready?

Real-time disclosure – Is Hong Kong ready?

The Securities and Futures (Amendment) Ordinance, enacted earlier this year, requires listed companies to disclose price-sensitive information ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’ to the public. One rather significant ‘practical’ impediment to speedy...
A reminder

A reminder

Consistent with the objectives of The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries, this communication is a reminder of some of the salient responsibilities and attributes of a company secretary of a private company incorporated in Hong Kong Residency qualification If...

Ask the expert September 2012

Q: What are Hong Kong Depositary Receipts and how are they different to normal listed securities? A: Hong Kong Depositary Receipts (HDRs) are securities that are listed and traded on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. HDRs offer an alternative mechanism for foreign...
CSj September 2012 (pdf version)

CSj September 2012 (pdf version)

Cut and paste? – The hazards of legislative borrowing. Click the cover image below to view or download a pdf of the full...