HKMA and SFC released a joint Conclusions Paper on enhancements to the OTC derivatives regime for Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) today released a joint Conclusions Paper to the March 2018 Joint Consultation Paper on enhancements to the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives regime in Hong Kong to to – (1) mandate the use of Legal Entity Identifiers for the reporting obligation, (2) expand the clearing obligation and (3) adopt a trading determination process for introducing a platform trading obligation.

Based on market feedback, the mandatory use of Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs) in trade reporting will only apply to the identification of entities that are on a reporting entity’s side of a transaction. This requirement will apply to the reporting of new transactions and daily valuation information beginning 1 April 2019.  Reporting entities should continue to identify their counterparties in transaction reports in accordance with a waterfall of identifiers specified in the Supplementary Reporting Instructions for OTC Derivative Transactions. Meanwhile, reporting entities are expected to establish a process to request LEIs from their clients. Regulators will maintain close dialogue with reporting entities and keep in view international development to assess the need for further requirements in this area.

The HKMA and the SFC will proceed with their proposals for Phase 2 Clearing with some fine tuning. The clearing obligation will be expanded to include specified standardised interest rate swaps denominated in Australian Dollars and the list of Financial Services Providers will be revised.

The regulators have also adopted the trading determination process proposed in the joint consultation paper and are currently using the process to determine for which products it may be appropriate for Hong Kong to introduce a platform trading obligation.

The Conclusions Paper can be accessed here.