The first-ever SFO offence to be tried by a jury in the CFI emphasises the SFC’s commitment to prosecuting market misconduct through various enforcement powers.

By Dominic Geiser, Truman Mak, Evangeline Tsui, and Charlotte Wong

The Hong Kong Court of First Instance (CFI) has convicted three individuals of conspiracy to carry out false trading in the shares of a listed company, Ching Lee Holdings Limited (CLHL). This is the first time that an offence under the Securities and Futures Ordinance (SFO) has been tried by a jury in the CFI.

This latest example of strategic coordination between Hong Kong regulators confirms a broader regulatory mission and shared objectives.

By Dominic Geiser, Truman Mak, Evangeline Tsui, and Charlotte Wong

On 5 March 2024, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx) issued a Statement of Disciplinary Action (Statement) against two former directors (the Former Directors) of a company listed on the Growth Enterprise Market (GEM) of the HKEx for misappropriating company funds during the listing process. The disciplinary action followed efforts by the HKEx and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to investigate the directors, and highlights strategic coordination on enforcement actions on IPO-related misconduct. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) also provided assistance.

The FCA plans to streamline its approach to enforcement and publicise investigations at an early stage.

By Andrea Monks, Rob Moulton, Nell Perks, Anna James, and Charlotte Collins

On 27 February 2024, the FCA published a Consultation Paper (CP24/2) on its proposed new approach to publicising enforcement investigations and changes to the FCA Enforcement Guide (EG). The FCA also published a related speech given by Therese Chambers, joint Executive Director of Enforcement and Market