Regulatory ‘changes needed’ for distribution of structured products says Hong Kong SFC

The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), in its report on issues raised by Lehman Brothers Minibonds to the Financial Secretary, has recommended a number of changes to regulation governing the selling and marketing of structured products in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Monetary Authority also filed a report containing its observations identified during the process of investigating into the complaints arising from the bankruptcy of Lehman.

The reports compiled at the request of the Financial Secretary, John Tsang, suggest how to improve the regulatory framework and enhance investor protection and education, following the events brought about by the collapse of Lehman in September last year. The SFC's report analyses the current regulatory framework and identifies some specific regulatory issues relevant to the sale of financial products in Hong Kong, including Minibonds and other structured products.

The Hong Kong government will

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