The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today issued a joint consultation on further enhancements to the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives regulatory regime in Hong Kong.
To align with global standards, the regulators propose that transactions to be submitted to the Hong Kong Trade Repository for the reporting obligation (Note 1) would be required to be identified by unique transaction identifiers with the structure and format as set out in the Technical Guidance issued by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (Note 2).
The regulators also propose to remove 17 jurisdictions from the list of designated jurisdictions for the masking relief of the reporting obligation (Note 3) in view of the recent clarification by the Financial Stability Board (Note 4), and to update the list of Financial Services Providers under the OTC derivatives clearing regime (Note 5).These proposals ensure that the Hong Kong reporting and clearing regimes keep up with international developments and remain relevant and appropriate.
Interested parties are invited to submit comments to the HKMA or the SFC on the updated list of Financial Services Providers by 25 May 2019 and on the other proposals by 25 June 2019.
The joint consultation paper can be downloaded from the websites of the HKMA or the SFC.