Hong Kong Laws, Regulations & Rules

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A Guide for Effective Audit Committees
Corporate Governance Disclosure in Annual Reports
Corporate Governance for Public Bodies
HKICPA Members' Handbook

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing

Clearing rules
Listing rules & guidelines
Trading rules

Courts & Tribunal

Insider Dealing Tribunal

Ordinances (laws)

Constitutional & other

Basic Law
Bill of Rights
Chief Executive Election
Electoral Affairs Commission
Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges)
Legislative Council Commission
Legislative Council
Legislative Provisions (Suspension of Operation) 1997
New Territories Ordinance
Rural Representative Election
Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong

Bank mergers

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (Merger)
Bank of East Asia, Limited (Merger of Subsidiaries)
Bank of East Asia, Limited (Merger)
Bank of East Asia, Limited
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (Merger of Subsidiaries)
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi
Hang Lung Bank (Acquisition)
Lloyds Bank (Merger)
Rainer International Bank (Transfer of Hong Kong Undertaking)
Royal Bank of Scotland
Wing Hang Bank, Limited (Merger)


Amusement Games Centres
Amusement Rides (Safety)
Entertainment Special Effects
Karaoke Establishments
Places of Public Entertainment


Air Pollution Control
Bunker Oil Pollution (Liability and Compensation)
Energy Efficiency (Labelling of Products)
Environment and Conservation Fund
Environmental Impact Assessment
Fisheries Protection
Fixed Penalty (Public Cleanliness Offences)
Fixed Penalty (Smoking Offences)
Genetically Modified Organisms (Control of Release)
Noise Control
Protection of the Harbour
Water Pollution Control
Waste Disposal
Whaling Industry (Regulation)

Financial services

Commodity Exchanges (Prohibition)
Companies (Winding Up and Miscellaneous Provisions)
Electronic Transactions
Exchange Fund
Exchanges (Special Levy)
Financial Reporting Council
Foreign Corporations
Hong Kong Association of Banks
Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
Insurance Companies
Legal Tender Notes Issue
Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes
Money Lenders
Occupational Retirement Schemes
Securities and Futures


Brewin Trust Fund
Grantham Scholarships Fund
Kadoorie Agricultural Aid Loan Fund
Queen Elizabeth Foundation for the Mentally Handicapped
Sir David Trench Fund for Recreation
Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund
Sir Murray MacLehose Trust Fund
Sir Robert Black Trust Fund


Betting Duty
Government Lotteries


Electronic Health Record Sharing System
Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health
Hospital Authority
Human Organ Transplant
Human Reproductive Technology
Matilda and War Memorial Hospital
Pneumoconiosis and Mesothelioma (Compensation)
Pok Oi Hospital Incorporation
Prevention and Control of Disease
Prince Philip Dental Hospital
Smoking (Public Health)

Human rights & relations

Age of Majority (Related Provisions)
Births & Deaths
Births Registration (Special Registers)
Deaths Registration (Special Registers)
Disability Discrimination
Guardianship of Minors
Race Discrimination
Separation and Maintenance
Sex Discrimination

Law & order

Police Children's Education Trust
Police Education and Welfare Trust
Police Force
Prevention of Bribery
Prevention of Child Pornography
Prevention of Copyright Piracy
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Prisoners (Release Under Supervision)
Reformatory Schools
Rehabilitation Centres
Rehabilitation of Offenders


Employees' Compensation
Employees Compensation Assistance
Employees' Compensation Insurance Levies
Employees Retraining
Employment of Young Persons and Children at Sea
Labour Relations
Labour Tribunal

Professional bodies

Hong Kong Institute of Architects Incorporation
Hong Kong Institute of Housing
Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects Incorporation
Hong Kong Institute of Planners Incorporation
Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors
Hong Kong Institution of Engineers

Professional registrations

Chinese Medicine
Chiropractors Registration
Construction Workers Registration
Dentists Registration
Engineers Registration
Estate Agents
Landscape Architects Registration
Medical Registration
Nurses Registration
Professional Accountants
Securities and Futures
Security and Guarding Services
Social Workers Registration
Surveyors Registration
Veterinary Surgeons Registration

Real estate and construction

Aliens (Rights of Property)
Builders' Lifts and Tower Working Platforms (Safety)
Building Management
Buildings Ordinance (Application to the New Territories)
Buildings Energy Efficiency
Crown Lease (Pok Fu Lam)
Fire Safety (Buildings)
Fire Safety (Commercial Premises)
Foreshore and Sea-bed (Reclamations)
Government Leases
Government Rent (Assessment and Collection)
Government Rent and Premium (Apportionment)
Government Rights (Re-entry and Vesting Remedies)
Land (Compulsory Sale for Redevelopment)
Land (Miscellaneous Provisions)
Land Acquisition (Possessory Title)
Land Drainage
Land Registration
Land Survey
Land Titles
Land Transactions (Enemy Occupation)
Landlord and Tenant (Consolidation)
Lands Resumption
Lands Tribunal
Lifts and Escalators
New Territories (Renewable Government Leases)
New Territories Land (Exemption)
New Territories Land Exchange Entitlements (Redemption)
New Territories Leases (Extension)
Residential Properties (First-hand Sales)
Urban Renewal Authority


Abbot of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance Incorporation
Basel Evangelical Missionary Society Incorporation
Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in Hong Kong Incorporation
Caritas - Hong Kong Incorporation
Catholic Mission of Macao Incorporation
Chater (Cathedral and St. Andrew's) Endowment Funds Incorporation
China Congregational Church
China Peniel Missionary Society Incorporation
Chinese Anglican Church Body Incorporation
Chinese Rhenish Church, Hong Kong Synod, Incorporation
Chinese Young Men's Christian Association
Chinese Temples
Christian and Missionary Alliance (Transfer of Hong Kong Immovable Property)
Church Body of The Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui
Church of Christ in China, Wanchai Church, Incorporation
Church of England Trust
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd of Angers at Hong Kong Incorporation
Council of Ling Liang World-Wide Evangelistic Mission Hong Kong Ling Liang Church Incorporation
Daughters of Charity of the Canossian Institute Incorporation
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Incorporation
Emmanuel Church Incorporation
Franciscan Missionaries of Mary Incorporation
Hong Kong Baptist Church Incorporation
Hong Kong Chinese Christian Churches Union Incorporation
Hong Kong Christian Council Incorporation
Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China Incorporation
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Foundation
Hop Yat Church of The Church of Christ in China Incorporation
Irish Province of the Order of Franciscans Minor Incorporation
Institute of the Marist Brothers of the Schools
Kowloon City Baptist Church
Kowloon Tong Church of the Chinese Christian and Missionary Alliance Incorporation
Kowloon Union Church Incorporation
London Missionary Society
Man Mo Temple
Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic Incorporation
Methodist Church, Hong Kong, Incorporation
Missions Etrangers
Order of Friars Minor in Hong Kong Incorporation
Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia
Pentecostal Holiness Church Incorporation
Pontifical Foreign Missions Institute Incorporation
Sisters of the Precious Blood Order Incorporation
SÅ“urs de Saint Paul de Chartres Incorporation Ordinance
Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Hong Kong Incorporation
Tsimshatsui Baptist Church Incorporation
Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Incorporation
Union Church Incorporation
Young Men's Christian Association


Council of Heep Yunn School Incorporation
Council of the Diocesan Girls' School Incorporation
Diocesan Boys' School Committee Incorporation
Diocesan Preparatory School Council Incorporation
Diocesan School and Orphanage Incorporation
English Schools Foundation
St. John's College
St. Joseph's College Incorporation
St. Paul's College Council Incorporation
St. Stephen's College Council Incorporation
St. Stephen's Girls' College Council Incorporation

Taxes and duties

Air Passenger Departure Tax
Betting Duty
Dutiable Commodities
Estate Duty
Hotel and Accommodation Tax
Inland Revenue
Motor Vehicles (First Registration Tax)
Stamp Duty
Tax Reserve Certificates

Tertiary education

Chinese University of Hong Kong
City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Hong Kong Baptist University
Hong Kong Institute of Education
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Industrial Training (Clothing Industry)
Lingnan University
Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance
Open University of Hong Kong
Post-Secondary Colleges
University of Hong Kong
Vocational Training Council


Aerial Ropeways (Safety)
Airport Authority
Carriage by Air
Carriage of Goods by Sea
Civil Aviation
Civil Aviation (Aircraft Noise)
Civil Aviation (Births, Deaths and Missing Persons)
Discovery Bay Tunnel Link
Eastern Harbour Crossing
Ferry Services
Fixed Penalty (Traffic Contraventions)
Hong Kong Airport (Control of Obstructions)
Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation
Mass Transit Railway
Mass Transit Railway (Land Resumption and Related Provisions)
Motor Vehicle Idling (Fixed Penalty)
Motor Vehicles Insurance (Third Party Risks)
Nuclear Material (Liability for Carriage)
Peak Tramway
Port Control (Cargo Working Areas)
Public Bus Services
Road Traffic
Road Traffic (Driving Offence Points)
Road Traffic (Violation of Collection of Fees)
Road Tunnels (Government)
Roads (Works, Use and Compensation)
Tai Lam Tunnel and Yuen Long Approach Road
Tate's Cairn Tunnel
Tsing Ma Control Area
Tsing Sha Control Area
Tung Chung Cable Car
Western Harbour Crossing

Other statutory bodies

Chater Masonic Scholarship Fund
Federation of Hong Kong Industries
Financial Secretary Incorporation
Helena May Incorporation
Heung Yee Kuk
Hong Kong Arts Centre
Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Hong Kong Conference of Youth Organizations
Hong Kong Girl Guides Association
Hong Kong Red Cross
Hong Kong St. John Ambulance
Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden Corporation
Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund
Masonic Benevolent Fund Incorporation
Po Leung Kuk
Portuguese Community Education and Welfare Incorporation
Queen Elizabeth Foundation for the Mentally Handicapped
Scout Association of Hong Kong
Sea Cadet Corps
Society for the Relief of Disabled Children Incorporation
Society of Boys' Centres Incorporation
Trading Funds
Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Yan Chai Hospital
Zetland Hall Trustees Incorporation

Securities & Futures Commission


Immigration-linked investment schemes
MPF products
Pooled retirement funds
Real estate investment trusts
Takeovers and mergers and share repurchases
Unit trusts and mutual funds, Investment-Linked Assurance Schemes and Unlisted Structured Investment Products

Codes of conduct

Corporate finance advisers
Fund managers
Persons licensed by or registered with the SFC
Share registrars

Guidance notes, guidelines and circulars

Advertising or offering of collective investment schemes on the internet
Automated Trading Services
Client identity rule policy
Client securities & client money - suggested control techniques and procedures
Continuous professional training
Debt collection
Directors' duties
Disclosure of fees and charges relating to securities services
Disclosure of interests outline
Disclosure of interests - exemption of listed corporations
Dual prospectus structure for programme offers
Electronic public offerings
Fit and proper guidelines
Internet regulation
Investor compensation arrangement
Issue of advertisements by intermediaries
Lending agents
Licensing fee waivers
Licensing information
Management, supervision and internal control
Money laundering and terrorist financing
Offer awareness and summary disclosure materials
Position limits and large open position reporting requirements
Prospectus filing - application for relaxation of procedural requirements
Short selling reporting and stock lending record keeping requirements
OTC derivatives - risk management controls
Use of plain language - announcements
Use of plain language - prospectuses

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