SFC fines China Everbright Securities (HK) Ltd HK$3.8m for breaches of anti-money laundering requirements

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Statement of Disciplinary Action

SFC reprimands and fines China Everbright Securities (HK) Limited $3.8 million for breaches of anti-money laundering regulatory requirements

Issue date: 2022-06-16 16:35:00

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has reprimanded and fined China Everbright Securities (HK) Limited (CESL) $3.8 million for failures in complying with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) regulatory requirements (Note 1).

The SFC found that CESL failed to implement adequate and effective systems and controls to guard against and mitigate the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing associated with third party deposits between January 2015 and February 2017. 

The SFC’s investigation, which included a sample review of deposits received by CESL during the relevant period, revealed that CESL failed to identify 178 third party deposits amounting to over $250 million made through the sub-accounts maintained by CESL with a local bank.

CESL also failed to detect suspicious fund deposits in some of the client accounts and make appropriate enquiries despite the presence of the following red flags:

The SFC is of the view that CESL’s conduct was in breach of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance, the Guideline on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing and the Code of Conduct (Notes 2 & 3).

In deciding the disciplinary sanction, the SFC took into account that:



  1. CESL is licensed under the Securities and Futures Ordinance to carry on Type 1 (dealing in securities), Type 4 (advising on securities), Type 6 (advising on corporate finance) and Type 9 (asset management) regulated activities. 
  2. Please refer to paragraph 10 of the Statement of Disciplinary Action for the relevant regulatory requirements.
  3. Code of Conduct for Persons Licensed by or Registered with the Securities and Futures Commission.
News captured as of:2022-06-16 16:40:00

Source: SFC


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