The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will be sending mystery shoppers to financial advisers as part of its efforts to boost enforcement, according to Merlyn Ee, the regulator’s executive director for capital markets intermediaries.
China has cut and again pushed back plans to levy a value-added tax on asset managers for returns on assets under management, adding a further six-month reprieve on an already 14-month grace period.
Singapore’s decision not to impose the same hefty fines on banks linked to 1MDB as other countries, but to instead name and punish individuals responsible, is a strong deterrent, said Ravi Menon, managing director of the city-state’s financial regulator.
Swiss private bank Edmond de Rothschild has been fined nearly €9m ($10m) by Luxembourg’s financial regulator for its handling of funds reportedly linked to beleaguered sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is working to recover around $1.7bn in assets linked to an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (Mas) has fined Credit Suisse and United Overseas Bank (UOB) and issued prohibition orders against three people following a two-year investigation into scandal-plagued wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
China’s first court specialised in judging cases involving the fund industry is aimed at tighter scrutiny of the financial industry.
"Responsible officers" listed on an increasing number of mainland asset management firm applications will get tougher scrutiny from the Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission, according to Julia Leung, the SFC’s executive director for intermediaries.
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and the UK's Financial Conduct Authority have entered into a co-operation agreement to support fintech innovation.