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Hong Kong's electronic trading rules come into effect 1 January 2014

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Deacons' Scott Carnachan has issued a Reminder that the electronic trading rules (Rules) set out in paragraph 18 and Schedule 7 to the Code of Conduct for Persons Licensed by or Registered with the Securities and Futures Commission come into effect on 1 January 2014.

Carnachan explains that the Rules apply to all licensed corporations and registered institutions that conduct electronic trading of securities and futures contracts that are listed or traded on an exchange, as well as licensed corporations and registered institutions that provide trading of leveraged foreign exchange contracts electronically by means of internet trading.

Licensed corporations / registered institutions must conduct "appropriate due diligence" on third party-provided electronic trading systems, algorithmic trading systems and trading algorithms they use, Carnachan writes. "To help meet this requirement, various industry associations (including, from the buy-side, the Alternative Investment Management Association and the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association) have collaborated on an Electronic Trading Information Template. The template includes a summary of the Rules and illustrative questions to ask third party providers as part of the due diligence process."

Carnachan issued an earlier Client Alert detailing who the changes would affect and a summary of the rules.

This article was published in Opalesque's Asia Pacific Intelligence our monthly research update on alternative investments in the Asia-Pacific region.
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