Hong Kong SFC Warns Public On Unauthorised Collective Investment Schemes, Publishes Alert List
3rd September 2021 | Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has launched a new initiative to warn the public about unauthorised Collective Investment Schemes (CIS), including a public listing of Suspected Unauthorised CIS Alert List. Hong Kong SFC warns that the authorised Collective Investment Schemes may include overseas real estate or non-conventional assets and investments such as digital tokens and initial coin offerings (ICO). The Hong Kong SFC Suspected Unauthorised CIS Alert List has 3 entities listed on 30th August 2021: @RLiS house Namba (Property in Osaka, Japan), The Element (Property in Manchester, UK) and LABS Security Token (Digital Token). View: Hong Kong SFC Suspected Unauthorised CIS Alert List
” Hong Kong SFC Warns Public On Unauthorised Collective Investment Schemes, Publishes Alert List “
Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) are Regulated Financial Activities
In most countries and in Hong Kong, Collective Investment Schemes (CIS) are regulated financial activities that gathers money from the public for investments, and may be an offence to market or distribute interests without a licence or registration.
Christina Choi, the SFC’s Executive Director of Investment Products:
“Unauthorised investment arrangements are highly risky and investors may lose all their investments. Investors are urged to check the new alert list and find out whether the arrangement is authorised by the SFC before investing.”
- The alert list is not exhaustive. A searchable list of investment products authorised by the SFC for public offering, including all SFC-authorised CIS, is available on the SFC’s website.
- For information on CIS, investments in overseas properties, ICO and digital tokens, please follow the links.
- The Suspected Unauthorised CIS Alert List provides an early warning to investors but it is not a substitute for investors’ own due diligence. If in doubt, investors should seek professional advice.
- The fact that an arrangement does not appear on the list should not be taken as an indication that it is, or is not, an SFC-authorised CIS or otherwise safe for investment. A searchable list of investment products authorised by the SFC for public offering, including all authorised CIS, is available on the SFC’s website.
- If you have been solicited to participate in any suspicious CIS investment arrangement, you may inform the SFC by completing our online complaint form.
- If you have any questions about the list, please send your enquiry to unauthCIS_alert@sfc.hk.
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The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) is an independent statutory body set up in 1989 to regulate Hong Kong’s securities and futures markets.
We derive our investigative, remedial and disciplinary powers from the Securities and Futures Ordinance (SFO) and subsidiary legislation. Operationally independent of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, we are funded mainly by transaction levies and licensing fees.