Capital Markets updates

China

FX margin trading prohibited
  • China
  • 22 January 2019

The State Administration of Foreign Exchange recently found 600 websites guilty of illegally providing foreign exchange (FX) margin trading services. The high yields associated with such high-risk investments have led many countries to introduce strict regulations. In China, the financial regulatory authorities have clarified that no legal institutions can conduct FX margin trading business and that those who break the law in order to engage in such business may incur administrative or criminal penalties.


Cyprus

Registered alternative investment funds – an overview
  • Cyprus
  • 16 October 2018

Cyprus recently introduced a law which aims to modernise its investment fund legislative regime and allows for the establishment of a new type of investment vehicle: the registered alternative investment fund (RAIF). The RAIF is a hybrid legal creature that combines the elements of authorised and regulated funds without extensive bureaucracy or, more importantly, the need for an operating authorisation from the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission.

ESMA guide provides clarity regarding obligations under Transparency Requirements Law
  • Cyprus
  • 11 April 2017

The European Securities and Markets Authority recently published a practical guide which provides an overview of each EU member state's national rules for the major holdings notification regime provided under the EU Transparency Directive. The guide clarifies certain key obligations and deadlines which apply under the Cyprus legislation that implemented the EU Transparency Directive and the Transparency Requirements Law.

PDMRs and closed periods under Market Abuse Law
  • Cyprus
  • 07 March 2017

The government recently enacted the Market Abuse Law (102(I)/2016), which implemented the EU Market Abuse Regulation (596/2016). A provision of the regulation which has generated much discussion relates to persons discharging managerial responsibilities and the obligations of persons closely associated with them regarding transactions conducted on their own account concerning the issuer's shares, debt instruments, derivatives or other linked financial instruments.


European Union

New prospectus regime – content requirements for equity capital market transactions
  • European Union
  • 29 January 2019

The EU Prospectus Regulation's provisions concerning the format and content requirements for prospectuses will come into force on 1 July 2019. Ahead of the provisions, the European Securities and Markets Association intends to publish final draft guidelines on risk factors in early 2019. Issuers and their advisers will then need to ensure that they comply with the new regime in respect of any prospectuses to be published on or after 21 July 2019.


Indonesia

Contributed by Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro
New framework to establish Securities Finance Agency introduced
  • Indonesia
  • 12 February 2019

The Financial Services Authority recently issued a new regulation which provides a framework to establish the Securities Finance Agency (SFA). The agency aims to boost transaction volumes and liquidity in the Indonesian stock market, particularly by encouraging margin trading and short selling. Upon its establishment, the SFA will provide securities financing to brokerage firms.

OJK tightens control over bankruptcy disclosure by issuers and public companies
  • Indonesia
  • 07 November 2017

A recent Financial Services Authority (OJK) regulation sets out new disclosure obligations that apply to issuers and public companies in Indonesia and creates a new penalty regime for non-compliance. The regulation is significant for investors with an interest in the Indonesian Stock Exchange and is consistent with other measures that the OJK has taken to improve transparency and align the reporting obligations of issuers and public companies with international standards.

OJK issues new regulation regarding public companies' shareholding reporting obligations
  • Indonesia
  • 30 May 2017

The Financial Services Authority (OJK) recently amended public companies' obligation to report on their shareholding by way of OJK Regulation 11/POJK.04/2017 regarding Reporting on Public Company Ownership or on Every Change in Share Ownership. The regulation aims to bring public companies' reporting obligations in line with international standards.

OJK issues regulation on exemption from reporting and announcement obligations
  • Indonesia
  • 22 March 2016

The Financial Services Authority (OJK) has issued a regulation setting out the criteria for exemption from the reporting and announcement obligations ordinarily imposed on issuers and public companies with securities and shares registered at the Indonesian Stock Exchange. The exemption must be confirmed by way of an OJK decision letter, but can be rescinded if the entity no longer meets the established exemption criteria.

New OJK regulation on rights issues
  • Indonesia
  • 01 March 2016

A new regulation on rights issues was passed by the Financial Services Authority in December 2015. The regulation introduces key changes relating to rights issue approval, effective statements, non-cash capital injections, announcements and company and shareholder requirements, and is intended to provide investors with more flexibility and ease when conducting rights issues.


Israel

Contributed by FBC
New bulletin aims to clarify dual listing process
  • Israel
  • 15 January 2019

The Corporate Finance Department at the Israel Securities Authority recently issued its Staff Legal Bulletin on dual-listed companies. The bulletin is a summary of the most up-to-date information on the issuance, reporting, listing and delisting of dual-listed companies and is intended to clarify and reflect these processes for dual-listed companies and companies considering dual listing.

Committee report on promotion of publicly traded infrastructure investment funds
  • Israel
  • 04 December 2018

An inter-ministerial committee was recently set up to promote the establishment of publicly traded funds for investment in infrastructure. The committee was formed to examine and recommend measures and actions that would encourage the establishment of traded infrastructure funds in order to increase the availability of financing sources for infrastructure projects, reduce the financial costs of these projects and enable small investors to directly participate and own these projects.

Supreme Court reaffirms application of foreign law to dual-listed companies
  • Israel
  • 06 November 2018

The Supreme Court recently confirmed that the liability for breaches of reporting obligations in the secondary market by dual-listed companies is governed by the securities laws of the foreign trading jurisdiction. The governing law with respect to the liability of a dual-listed company's external auditors is also the law of the foreign jurisdiction in which the company's shares are traded.

Demutualisation of Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: opportunities and challenges
  • Israel
  • 28 August 2018

The Israeli Securities Law was recently amended with the goal of making the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) more competitive, efficient and profitable, by changing its ownership structure. This change of ownership structure will allow private investors, in addition to institutional investors, to acquire means of control over TASE. This can be viewed as a privatisation of sorts, as TASE is Israel's only stock exchange and is widely viewed as a national asset.

Israel bond financing of US commercial real estate – an overview
  • Israel
  • 17 July 2018

Israel has seen a growing trend in debt initial public offerings by US and Canadian real estate companies with income-producing real estate, as well as in the listing of the bonds for trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. In recent years, more than 30 such real estate companies have completed public debt offerings in Israel, the large majority of which were initial public offerings.