Recent Posts by MCO APAC Team

Singapore Regulation 2024: MAS Anti-Money Laundering Updates

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is taking aim. Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) are squarely in the regulator’s sights with three recent updates.

MAS’ latest enforcement report (January 2022 and June 2023) detailed $12.96m in civil penalties imposed and $7.88m in financial fines and compositions imposed - the highest since MAS Enforcement Reports began their publication in 2019.

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MAS Bill Set to Enhance Investigative and Supervisory Powers

The Financial Institutions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, or FIMA Bill, aims to enhance the abilities of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to enforce its regulatory regime and supervise capital markets Financial Institutions (FIs).

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Australia Steps Up Foreign Bribery Prevention with New CFB Bill

The Combatting Foreign Bribery (CFB) Bill aims to reform Australia’s foreign bribery offences. It passed Federal Parliament on 29 February 2024 and will come into effect six months after the Governor-General formally accepts it and provides Royal Assent.

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SFC News: 2024-2026 Strategic Priorities and Takeaways for Your Firm

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has detailed its strategic priorities to address changing market conditions. The SFC communication provides a comprehensive outline of how it plans to bolster Hong Kong’s securities markets while addressing evolving risks and protecting investors.

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The Financial Accountability Regime (FAR Bill) Draws Closer

The long-awaited Financial Accountability Regime (FAR Bill) will come into effect for the Australian banking industry on 15 March 2024 and for the Australian superannuation and insurance industries on 15 March 2025.

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