A Typical Day When the Regulator comes Knocking on your Door

Catherine Leung, Senior Associate, Yang Chan & Jamison LLP (member firm of Deloitte Legal), A Typical Day When the Regulator comes Knocking on your Door
Valarie Fung, Partner, Yang Chan & Jamison LLP (member firm of Deloitte Legal), A Typical Day When the Regulator comes Knocking on your Door

In Hong Kong, it is not uncommon for regulators to conduct unexpected raids at companies' offices. Are companies in Hong Kong well prepared to tackle "dawn raids" conducted by regulators? What are the key issues that companies need to be aware of when a regulator goes knocking on their door? In this article, we look at the typical things which regulators do when they arrive at a company's office to conduct a raid and provide a checklist of the issues which a company should consider in response. From issues such as the regulator's search powers (including the power to seize electronic devices such as computers and mobile phones) and search protocol to the company's rights to legal professional privilege and privilege against self-incrimination, the article aims to equip companies with some basic knowledge which hopefully will assist them to become fully geared when a regulator goes knocking on their door. We will also discuss a recent court case in which the Court confirmed that the Securities and Futures Commission ("SFC") has the power to seize electronic devices and may also issue a notice to require the provision of login names and passwords to email accounts and digital devices.

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Hong Kong Enforcement General March 2021 Vol.14, No. 54, Winter 2021

Catherine Leung

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Catherine is a dispute resolution and regulatory lawyer. She acts for clients in general commercial litigation including debt recovery and asset tracing, contractual disputes, shareholders’ disputes, employment disputes and arbitration proceedings, etc. Catherine also advises clients, including financial institutions, listed companies and their directors and employees in regulatory investigations involving the Securities and Futures Commission and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and in anti-corruption investigations involving the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Valarie Fung

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Valarie is a dispute resolution and regulatory lawyer. She has been providing legal services and advice to financial institutions, listed companies, multinational corporations, liquidators, trustees-in-bankruptcy, receivers and high net worth individuals for many years. Valarie specializes in handling: - litigation and arbitration (including but not limited to commercial and contractual disputes, shareholders disputes, banking-related disputes and probate disputes); - regulatory investigations by the Securities and Futures Commission, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong and the Independent Commission against Corruption, involving market misconduct in the securities market, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery; - insolvency, bankruptcy and receivership; and - employment and restraint of trade.

Yang Chan & Jamison LLP (member firm of Deloitte Legal)

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Yang, Chan & Jamison LLP is an independent law firm associated with Deloitte Legal.

Hong Kong Enforcement General March 2021 Vol.14, No. 54, Winter 2021