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Dechert summarises the update on QFII rules in China and new steps to encourage foreign investment

Monday, October 08, 2012

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Dechert's Financial Services and Corporate Groups has published an extremely detailed special alert on an update from China of the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (QFII) rules and new steps to encourage additional foreign investment in China.

As background, the firm explains that since its launch in 2002, the QFII program has been the principal means for foreign investors to invest directly in the securities markets of Mainland China. Dechert’s team writes: "In an effort to facilitate increased foreign participation in China’s securities markets, the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) recently adopted rule changes that will make QFII quotas more flexible and more accessible to a larger audience of foreign investors."

The primary impact of these reforms is to open the QFII program to a wider array of financial services companies by lowering the qualification requirements applicable to QFIIs and facilitate the investment activities of QFIIs by giving them greater investment latitude and improving convenience of account management.

Under the QFII program, foreign investors may apply to the CSRC for a QFII license to invest in China’s securities markets, the Dechert tea......................

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