Circular to Licensed Corporations and Associated Entities - Anti-Money Laundering / Counter-Financing of Terrorism
(1) United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Ordinance
(2) United Nations Sanctions (ISIL and Al-Qaida) Regulation
(3) United Nations Sanctions (Mali) Regulation 2019

16 Jan 2020



Circular to Licensed Corporations and Associated Entities

Anti-Money Laundering / Counter-Financing of Terrorism

(1)   United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Ordinance

(2)   United Nations Sanctions (ISIL and Al-Qaida) Regulation

(3)   United Nations Sanctions (Mali) Regulation 2019

(1)   United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Ordinance

Further to our circular issued on 6 November 2019, an updated list specifying terrorists and terrorist associates designated by the United Nations Security Council (“UNSC”) was published under section 4 of the United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Ordinance (“the UNATMO”) (Cap. 575) in the Gazette (G.N. (E.) 2 of 2020) on 16 January 2020.  A relevant press release issued by the UNSC, reflecting the updates since the previous list was published in the Gazette (G.N. (E.) 507 of 2019), is attached in Attachment 1 Note 1.

The aforesaid updated list can be found on the Government’s website (https://www.gld.gov.hk/egazette/pdf/20202402e/egn202024022.pdf).

(2)   United Nations Sanctions (ISIL and Al-Qaida) Regulation 

Further to our circular issued on 6 November 2019, an updated list specifying “individuals, groups, undertakings and entities” under section 25 of the United Nations Sanctions (ISIL and Al-Qaida) Regulation (Cap. 537CB) was published on the website of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau on 16 January 2020. A relevant press release issued by the UNSC, reflecting the updates since the previous list was published on the website of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, is attached in Attachment 1 Note 1.

The aforesaid updated list obtained from the website of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau is attached in Attachment 2.

(3)   United Nations Sanctions (Mali) Regulation 2019

Further to our circular issued on 24 December 2019, an updated list specifying “individuals” under section 15 of the United Nations Sanctions (Mali) Regulation 2019 (Cap.537CL) was published on the website of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau on 16 January 2020.  A relevant press release issued by the UNSC, reflecting the update since the previous list was published on the website of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, is attached in Attachment 3.

The aforesaid updated list obtained from the website of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau is attached in Attachment 4.

Licensed corporations (“LCs”) and associated entities (“AEs”) are reminded to refer to Chapter 6 of the Guideline on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Financing of Terrorism (For Licensed Corporations) (“AML Guideline”) which contains guidance on the appropriate measures that LCs and AEs should take to ensure compliance with the UNATMO and the regulations made under the United Nations Sanctions Ordinance (Cap. 537) Note 2.  The Securities and Futures Commission expects all new designations to be screened by LCs and AEs against their client lists as soon as practicable whenever there are updates.  LCs and AEs are also reminded to report any transactions or relationships they have or have had with any designated person or entity to the Joint Financial Intelligence Unit.

Should you have any queries regarding the contents of this circular, please contact Ms Kiki Wong at 2231 1569 who will assist to refer your queries to the relevant officer.

Intermediaries Supervision Department
Intermediaries Division
Securities and Futures Commission

Enclosure

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SFO/IS/001/2020


Note 1 The updates made to the sanctions lists published under the UNATMO and the United Nations Sanctions (ISIL and Al-Qaida) Regulation are identical.
Note 2
Under paragraph 6 of the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Guideline issued by the Securities and Futures Commission for Associated Entities, AEs that are not authorized financial institutions are expected to have regard to the provisions of the AML Guideline as if they were themselves LCs.


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Supplementary document:
Attachment 1
Attachment 2
Attachment 3
Attachment 4


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